Love Your Life! Overcoming Depression

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Love your life! Nobody chooses depression.  It's not like it's on a menu and people say, "Ooh, I'll have that!" It's more like being mugged in a dark alley.  Nobody asks for it, but it can happen against our will and desires. Even though getting in can happen as a matter of course, or circumstances, or whatever, getting out of depression requires a choice.  A...
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The Unforgettable Error

Pressure increased the more I moved. I pressed a hand to my swollen abdomen, feeling the hard shell of my skin stretch to accommodate the swirling gases within. I shouldn’t have eaten that chili… When my client offered me some of that evening’s dinner I couldn’t refuse. Not a big fan of beans, I normally would have shunned the steaming pot of chili, but when I looked at ...
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Finest Career – Mother

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  I am reading Russel M. Nelson's biography.  He is a world renowned heart surgeon and recently sustained as the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I came across a passage that made me smile. When he was young he began to consider pursuing a medical career.  He later recalled, "The decision to go into medicine was forged by two realiza...
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Mud Bottom

Slip and Fall
Winter walk Light flecks of snow stuck to my windshield as I cautiously pulled into a narrow parking stall. I had hoped the winter weather would go away by late February, but to my chagrin it still fell in light wafts, covering the ground in a slippery layer of ice powder. Bitter wind blew through my black woolen jacket the moment I stepped from the vehicle, sending shivers up...
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The Pink Skunk

Ripped pants
Running late Appearances are only skin deep. Or in my case, as thin as the faded mark of an overused sharpie. Ice cream is a fickle thing; without the constant support from a freezer it oozes into a shapeless puddle, rendering it revolting to any customer. With no character of its own, it conforms to whatever whims surround it: melting in the face of heat, hardening when it...
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Catastro-phone

Broken phone
Black. My attempt to respond to my friend’s exciting text message failed miserably when the screen froze, then blackened. It did this frequently. I pressed my thumb into the upper right edge where the power button was and waited for it to turn back on as it usually did. Silence. I pressed again, harder this time. Silence. Uh-oh. Although not the greatest ...
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Aerobatics

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Observations from the Cockpit Reality from a Higher Perspective   Aerobatics Four wings, fabric and lacing, steel, wood, rubber and wire; a handcrafted conglomeration of effort and hope; a personal creation, given life by designers and craftsmen; hardly the sort of thing you wear, but after squirming into the cockpit and buckling three straps of the parachute, seven...
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What makes a great day?

great day
A great day Last night I was visiting with my daughter and she asked about my day.  "I had a great day today," I beamed. "That's awesome.  What did you do today?  What made it such a great day?" she asked. So I began to tell her about my day. The car is overheating even though we already took it to the shop to address that issue and it was supposed to be solved.  I ...
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The Miracle of Normal

The Miracle of Normal
This is my little grandson Andreas (Andy).  He had hydrocephalus probably from the time he was in the womb, but we didn't know it until one fateful night when he was 9 months old and we nearly lost him.  A delicate brain surgery preserved his life, but the pressure on his brain had already caused significant damage.  One side of the brain was affected more severely than the...
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