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  • Overflowing Cup

    10 posts, 8 voices, 985 views, started Dec 10, 2008

    Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 by Dee Dee Shaw

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      We always hear people talk about whether their cup is half empty or half full, and then go on to relate that to our perspective. It is true - two people, living the same circumstances can choose how they look at life.
      I have adopted Paul’s mantra to in all things be content.
      It has not always been so for me. On the outside, I have always portrayed happiness. Very few know of the trials I have suffered in the past few years, or the internal battle I have fought. My fascade has fooled even my family. I was very good at choosing to look at my cup as being half full, at least superficially.
      It has only been in the last year that I have been able to really embrace contentment, and find true joy. How? It has been a journey. God has directed me to books that teach success strategies (not material success) and the art of being joyful in who you are. As I traveled down this journey I realized that the only way I could change my circumstances, was to change me. The age old serenity prayer is overflowing with wisdom. If we live by it, we can find joy and happiness. In searching for a version to cut and paste I found this. I am not sure if it is really a part of the original, but I like it.
      God,
      Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
      the Courage to change the things I can
      and the Wisdom to know the difference.

      Living one day at a time;
      Enjoying one moment at a time;
      Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.

      Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.

      Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;

      That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
      and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

      Amen.



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          Lucinda Wormsbaker wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • Dee Dee,

          This is the shirt that was handed out at the Breast Cancer Rally my husband’s radio station did-



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • Ha, well that “cup” for me definitely doesn’t run over. It isn’t even half full. teeheehee
          But that is okay, I look at the good side. I’ll NEVER look like Granny in the bikini. haha It is all in your perspective.



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          Yana Berlin wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • How inspirational Dee Dee,

          We didn’t become Fabulously40 plus for nothing....it was a journey well worth the wait..

          Please share the books that helped you stay positive and live happy.



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • Some of them are on my profile.
          What to Say When You Talk to Yourself
          Who Are You Really and What Do You Want
          both by Shad Helmstetter
          If How-to’s Were Enough We’d All Be Skinny, Rich, and Happy
          by Brian Klemmer
          The Bible!
          Who Moved My Cheese - can’t remember the author
          The Go-Giver - Bob Burg
          and I am drawing a blank for more
          If anybody else has any to suggest, feel free to chime in!



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • And in my original post I left off the ‘ending‘.
          I no longer look at my cup as being half empty or half full, but always overflowing - with love and contentment with who and where I am today, at this moment. This is what makes me happy.
          And of course sipping on hot chocolate while I visit with my Fab40 Friends.



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          Janie Emaus wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • I choose to look at the cup as half full, with so much more out there to get it to overflow.



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          Coachmombabe wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • Ah, yes, contentment! Reminds me of the saying “Have what you want, and want what you have“. Good message, Dee Dee!



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          Feathermaye wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • I’m happy that you’ve found your own path to happiness, Dee Dee. With all you do for so many, you absolutely deserve it!



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          Marie Hempsey wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • Dee Dee...I grew up in an extremely drug addicted alcoholic family and do i ever hear you when you say that Serenity Prayer..It has LITERALLY saved my life! My brother and i are both good people, with basically good kids and nice homes, we wonder every day how we turned out like we did when we know so many people who grew up in similar and even not as bad situations as us and their lives are a mess! We have both been extremely blessed and i am forever grateful for that!



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