Take courage, don’t give up!

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

you just can't beat

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“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

Try to open them…Be an opener of doors!

“Be an opener of doors”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

most of the time doors

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“…but you have to know when you close those doors, you don’t leave anything for the other person.”
― Christine Feehan, Oceans of Fire

This life is what you make it… It doesn’t stop for anybody.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

life doesn't stop

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“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
― Marilyn Monroe

It’s a new dawn and this is the best day of my life!

“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations

It's a new dawn

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“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.”
― Douglas Pagels

Some things are destined to be…Like a strange twist of fate!

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some things are destined to be

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“What’s meant to be will always find a way”
― Trisha Yearwood

Whispers in the dark, lead to light…Of the stars!

“In Light there is Dark, and in Dark there is Light.”
― Kami Garcia, Beautiful Darkness

the dark and the light

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“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Learn from nature the lesson and get your worship on for it’s a beautiful day!

“The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.”
― Rick Warren, The Purpose of Christmas

the happiest man

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“When every hope is gone, ‘when helpers fail and comforts flee,’ I find that help arrives somehow, from I know not where. Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking. It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal.”
― Mahatma Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth

All I can do, is thank You…For always showing up & often out of the blue!

Thank You for this day–
a fresh start,
a new opportunity,
a gift from You.

Thank You for filling it
with the joy of friends,
the wonder of what might be,
an awareness that You are here–
watching, waiting, loving,
more awesome than anything
that stands against me.

More loving than anyone
on this Earth.
More than I can imagine.
Thank You.
~Sue Bradford Edwards

For each new moring with its light

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Just when I thought
You’d forgotten all about me,
You show up out of the blue.

A message, a flower, a guide.
Something speaks to me
and it says You.

I bet You’ve been there all along,
and since I wasn’t expecting You,
I missed Your appearance.

Open up my senses
so that I may let You in.
 ~Brenda Wood

Years can make me wise, as if I were a thousand years old!

“It is strange how often a heart must be broken before the years can make it wise”
~Sara Teasdale

I have more memories

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The years teach much which the days never know
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Thanksgiving from Anguished Repose!

Thanksgiving

A day for giving thanks…

A day for remembrance

[via History]In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.[Read More]

A day for family

A celebration of love

And most importantly…

It’s a day for commemorance

[via DailyMail] Thanksgiving is a time for families all across America, to come together over a hearty meal, argue over politics and maybe catch a game of football, but for some, it is also the perfect time to put their quirky, bizarre or generally oddball behaviour on display.

The team at Awkward Family Photos have once again outdone themselves, putting together a hilarious album of eccentric and offbeat snapshots from Thanksgivings past.

…[Read More – Click here to see more! And HERE, at College Humor!]

For all the times during the past year..

Where we’ve laughed

Where we’ve loved

And have been given far more than we could ever hope we deserve

And by the grace of our Lord

Who has blessed us this year, because he loves us…

Beyond any reserve

From those of us here at Anguished Repose

We wish you and yours, a very safe and…

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m feeling good and everything is a miracle!

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
~Albert Einstein

News Mash: Your kitty watches you while you are asleep…Does it make you nervous?

Not everyone is a cat person.

And for those of you who are?

1) You are forgiven and 2) Here are some facts you might (for whatever reason) find entertaining.

[via WeirdFacts]Ailurophilia is the “love of cats.”

…Most cats have no eyelashes.

Cats purr at 26 cycles per second, the same as an idling diesel engine.

A cat cannot see directly under its nose.

If your cat is near you, and her tail is quivering, this is the greatest expression of love your cat can give you.   If her tail starts thrashing, her mood has changed — Time to distance yourself from her.

…The cat was domesticated over 4,000 years ago.

All cats are members of the family Felidae.

A house cat spends 70% of its time sleeping.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly applied to the leopard, puma and the jaguar.

According to myth, a cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means cold weather is coming.

Egyptians shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when they lost a beloved cat.

In English, cat is “cat.”   In French, cat is “Chat.”  In German, your cat is “katze.”   The Spanish word for cat is “gato,” and the Italian word is “gatto.”  Japanese prefer “neko” and Arabic countries call a cat a “kitte.”

Cats get their sense of security from your voice.  Talk to your cats!  And be mindful of your tone of voice.  Cats know when you’re yelling at them (though they may not care).

The more cats are spoken to, the more they will speak to you.

…A group of kittens is called a “kindle.”

A group of grown cats is called a “clowder.”

Have you ever tried to feed your cat food that was just taken out of the refrigerator?  Most cats prefer their food at room temperature, and will boldly REFUSE any food that is too cold or too hot.

Never feed your cat dog food.   Cats need five times more protein than dogs do.

Cats are more active during the evening hours.

Cats spend 30% of their waking hours grooming themselves.

Cats love high places.  They share this love with leopards and jaguars, who sleep in trees.  If a cat begins to fall, his inner ear canal (which controls balance) will help him right himself and land on his feet.

Domestic cats are essentially loners.   When placed in a group, they develop their own hierarchy.  As long as there is plenty of food on hand, a cat can learn to share it’s domain with other cats.

Unlike humans and dogs, cats do not suffer a lot from loneliness. It is a mistake to project our social feelings onto our cats. Cats are social to a degree, but they are far more concerned with territorial issues than we can even imagine.

Cats have a weak sense of taste. They have only 473 tastebuds, humans have 9,000. [Read More – Read ALL Weird Cats Facts Here!]

Also…

Another fact you might need to compute into your ‘Why I love cats’ list?

Cats…

They are murderous bastards.

[via Time]Killer Kitties: Study Proves They’re Not as Innocent As They Look

Most cat owners will, at some point, endure the trauma of being gifted a bloody rodent carcass or wrangling a flailing bird from the jaws of their beloved pet. But little do they know that behind this occasional horror is a secret world of slaughter.

According to a new study by the University of Georgia, our precious kitties are leading double lives: Indoors, they’re sweet, lazy furballs. But outside, they’re prolific killers with a penchant for danger.

In collaboration with the National Geographic Society’s Critter Cam team, researchers strapped kitty cams to 60 cats and analyzed thousands of hours of footage documenting their secret lives. They found that one-third of the cats killed an average of two animals per week —a far greater number than previously thought. (Though they only brought a quarter of those kills home for mom and dad).

Domestic cats hunt so prolifically, in fact, that they are driving down the U.S.’s bird population, killing an estimated 500 million birds per year — about 3 percent of the country’s total bird population.

“Cat predation is one of the reasons why one in three American birds species are in decline,” George Fenwick, president of American Bird Conservancy, told USA Today.

That said, they kill far more reptiles and mammals (such as chipmunks) than they do birds, usually eating or abandoning the carcasses after playing with them for a while. [Read More]

Just something you might want to put in the back of your mind…

Along with the knowledge?

Your cats watches you while you sleep.

Read the implications? Where you may, I’m just sayin’…

Creepy.