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Shortly after getting married, Hil and I decided to start going back to Church.  The weekly bulletins occasionally carried a flyer with a message for the parish.  Over time, we picked up two which really touched us and we decided to frame them and keep them on our bedroom wall.  They’ve followed us around the world and been hanging there ever since (over 30 years now).
Yesterday, I posted the first.  Here is the second…
A Seventeenth Century Nun’s Prayer
Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will some day be old.
Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.
Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs.
Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy.
With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.
I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of other’s pains, but help me to endure them with patience.
I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint – some of them are so hard to live with – but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the Devil.
Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people.
And, give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.
Amen
  —   Anonymous
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No problem can withstand the sustained power of great attitudes; they are like ripples in the water… they spread.
   —  Anonymous
[Which seems to have been derived from: …  ]
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
   –  Voltaire
[Just saying…  —  KMAB]
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Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss.   A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart.  If you have loved many dogs you heart is very big.
     —  Anonymous
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Faith is a lazy way of trying to get what we want, without doing anything at all.
   —  Anonymous
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My dog winks at me sometimes…   And I always wink back just in case it’s some kind of code.
   —  Anonymous
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A Dog’s Last Will & Testament

Before humans die, they write their last will and testament, give their home and all they have to those leave behind.  If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask…
To a poor and lonely stray I’d give my happy home; my bowl and cozy bed, soft pillow and all my toys; the lap, which I loved so much; the hand that stroked my fur; and the sweet voice that spoke my name.
I’d will to the sad, scared shelter dog the place I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.
So, when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand.”
Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope, and give my place to him.
This is the only thing I can give…
The love I left behind.
    —   Anonymous
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The measure of a man lies not in brains or brawn, but in the size of one’s heart.
  —  Anonymous
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