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What I Learned Beginning with the Letter A

Updated on March 21, 2014

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We Need Pets, Wild Life, and Farm Animals

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This Boston terrier looks relaxed. | Source

Apples are Good Nutrition

An apple can be a great snack to take to work. Very portable healthy food.
An apple can be a great snack to take to work. Very portable healthy food. | Source

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Abide in a comfortable chair for a while. Focus on a beautiful flower arrangement. Pause for serenity.

Sometimes all it takes for the worry and stress to melt away is a comfortable chair and some time to yourself.
Sometimes all it takes for the worry and stress to melt away is a comfortable chair and some time to yourself. | Source

A Collection of Musings in No Particular Order

Copyright 2011 Nancy Owens


I learned that we need animals. All shapes, breeds, and sizes are needed to make our world complete. I learned that I need to help spread the message that we all need to look out for the cats, dogs, horses, pigs and cows.


I learned that apples are good for me. Raw or cooked, they help me stay healthy.


Abandonment hurts. It does not matter if we are the one who is abandoned by someone, or the one who abandoned someone else. When we leave a relationship, it hurts. When we leave a job, there is always someone we miss, or someone who misses us, and feels the loss.


To keep the ideals, goals, and intentions that are important in the front of my mind, I need to affirm their worth regularly. Meditate and focus on the positive aspects of life.


To abide, or dwell for a time or a lifetime, in peace and harmony is both a challenge and a gift. To be a better person, I want to abide in my better self, and leave my old self behind.


We all need an angel to guide us at some point in time. Calling all Angels! I am lost and need their guidance.


A little bent, a little bruised, but we hope she is never broken. Stand strong; stand united. For divided we just might fall.

Gardening is fun.

Gardening is good therapy.
Gardening is good therapy. | Source


I learned that almonds are good for me.


I learned that being adrift with no purpose in life could be both lonely and life changing. When you are adrift in a sea of sorrow you find out who you are what you are. The only way back to shore is to depend on yourself and sink or swim.


Opportunity abounds in this universe and within our hearts and minds. I learned I should fix my mind on the word abound, and see how many times I can put it in sentences every day.


I learned that I should not be absent in my own daily life. I should attend this classroom that has been so graciously provided just for me wherever I am, whenever I do anything.


There are few absolutes in life. Absolute perfection does not exist in any human. Maybe it exists in our favorite pets. Striving for absolute perfection is like chasing the wind. You just never catch it.


I need to absolve, or pardon those who have caused me pain. I need to absolve myself for inflicting pain on me!


When I feel like I am swimming against the current, it is usually because I have not accepted something about a person, circumstance, want, or opinion. Finding within me a place of acceptance for others and their imperfections, even when that acceptance causes pain, is what allows me to truly forgive and move forward.


I can wish in one hand, and want in the other hand and see which hand fills up first. But, unless I take action, I will never achieve my goals. Unless I take action, those I love will never know how I feel. Unless I take action to stand up for myself, those who take advantage of me will continue to take advantage.


To admit a wrongdoing is to become open to criticism. To admit a mistake is to admit you are fallible. To admit you are wounded takes courage. To admit you love anyway, in the face of pain when that love is not returned, can be courageous. To admit to yourself who you really are, and how you really feel, is a challenge worth rising up to take.


Acknowledge your dream. Acknowledge your passion. Acknowledge your gift. Acknowledge your fear and your pain and your reasons and your rights. Then decide how you will act on the revelations acknowledgement brings.

Flowers: cosmos, lobelia, spearmint

Cosmos, Lobelia
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    Nancy Owens 4 years ago from USA

    Hi, FlourishAnyway! Thank you for the kind words. It is a work in progress. I started a book a number of years ago. Maybe one of these days I will get it finished. :)

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    FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

    I like your creative, inspirational approach. Nice photos, too.

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    Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

    There are some gems here, I promised myself to check out all my 100 followers and started with you, however I realized I've missed so much so I will be catching up. I see you haven't added anything lately, I hope all is well. best regards, Jo

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    mljdgulley354 5 years ago

    Very thought provoking hub. Thank you for sharing it.

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    Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Hi Nancy- I like this a great deal. Some lists are Cutesy or sing-songy, not this one. This is simple, but complex, containing many of the necessary traits and attitudes that produce a fulfilling life. You also write very well. Voted Up, Useful, Awesome, Beautiful, and Interesting. Look forward to reading more. :)

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    Nancy Owens 5 years ago from USA

    Thank you, Monkeyboy! I love almonds, too. I was glad to learn they are good for us. Your comment was very kind and I thank you for it.

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    itsmonkeyboy 5 years ago from London, UK

    Nice list of useful tips, really well put together. You've obviously put a lot of thought into this and it shows. A lot of people could take a lot from this, myself, I love almonds!

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    Nancy Owens 5 years ago from USA

    Thanks, Millionaire Tips! You are too kind. It was fun to do, and I learned some things by going through the dictionary!

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    Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

    That is an interesting idea for a hub - well written and inspirational. Voted up. Great artwork too.

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    Nancy Owens 5 years ago from USA

    Thanks, arusho!

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    arusho 5 years ago from University Place, Wa.

    Great hub, very insightful and well written!

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    Nancy Owens 5 years ago from USA

    Dear Peggy W:

    Thank you for reading this Hub. This is a departure from my normal style of writing and it felt risky to do this. Thank you for your praise and voting. I was inspired by all of the fantastic poems by other Hubbers I have been reading; however, rhyming (spelling??) does not seem to be one of my talents :)

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    Nancy Owens 5 years ago from USA

    Ytsenoh, thank you for the kind words. In writing this hub, I learned some new things about myself. Thank you for giving this a thumbs up!

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi Nancy,

    With your choice of words using the letter would seem that your goals in life are worthy ones. Nice job! Voted useful and up.

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    Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    Nancy, very creative and meaningful, including the words you selected. Thank you much. Thumbs up.