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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Theme Thursday = Mystery

"The final mystery is oneself!
Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot.
In your soul are infinitely precious things
that cannot be taken from you.”

Oscar Wilde
Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854-1900

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Rememeber when you were a teenager and how you envisioned your adult life would be? I had a fresh, naive, idealism in my mind. I couldn't imagine anything difficult, character stretching, or soul crushing at that young age. And yet, the peaks and valleys we live through create who we are to become...layers and layers of triumph and tragedy as the years go by. A lot of the outcome has to do with how we choose to live through the circumstances.
A friend of mine recently said that I choose to ride on the top of the waves instead of drowning beneath them. I like that! And although I have spent my share of days and weeks barely treading water, I much prefer riding on top with the wind in my hair! Interesting thing is, I think my life is becoming more complicated the further into it I live! LOL! I look at the first half of my life, even with it's complications...good, bad and even thrilling. The question is, "Do I like the book that the pages of my life are writing?"....and the answer is most certainly, "Yes!" ...even those complicated mysteries and fascinating surprises. I wonder what the next half will bring?
And yes, before you ask, I do plan to live to be 100 years old, so still am only half way...almost! LOL!
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"If you want a happy ending, that depends,
of course, on where you stop your story."
Orson Welles
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“I can't go back to yesterday,
because I was a different person then”

Lewis Carroll
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Visit my friends at Theme Thursday!
  • Mystery is life
  • Years down to
  • Seconds
  • Triumphs and tragedies
  • Each one
  • Revealing the real
  • You

46 comments:

  1. I love your zest for enjoying life, Betsy; it's effervescent and inspiring, truly!

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  2. Well, Christian ~ the feeling is mutual! :) I never see daylight streaming into my home and appreciate it's beauty without thinking of you!

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  3. Brilliant Betsy! A tribute to the wonderful woman you are!

    I love the riding on top of the waves...and although I know you struggle you ride that wave with finesse and positivity!

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  4. Yep, you're a mystery, alright! :^)

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  5. ride those waves betsy...
    i plan on giving methusallah a run for his money. smiles.

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  6. You were such a cutie pie...and still are. I so admire your strength and brave spirit...we do what we have to do and in doing it we are strong! Come say hi :D

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  7. I love your outlook; you're an inspiration and I'm a lot older than you! Did I miss your 50th? If so, a belated Happy Birthday and congratulations!

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  8. I've always tried to avoid thinking about the future.

    It'll end in tears!

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  9. You're right, you ARE only 1/2 way there! (me too) You've got lots of living left ahead. I agree, you are one to 'soar on the wings of adversity' - God be praised.

    Isaiah 40:31 - "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

    Great post - as always. :)

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  10. We do not ever remain the same do we? Even to the minute prior. And, now that you mention it, my life does seem more complex as I age. I would never have guessed that from a younger perspective.

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  11. Enjoyed both the post and acrostic. I'm with you on that.

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  12. such an uplifting and encouraging post.
    your attitude is why I like your blog so much
    and your recipes - baked your coconut cookies yesterday, yum!

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  13. Alaine ~ no, not 50 just yet...couple of years away still. :)

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  14. Debi ~ love that first...goes perfectly with these thoughts!

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  15. what unique take on the theme.
    you are wrapped with fun and wit!
    Happy Thursday!

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  16. Rhonda ~ oooh...love those cookies! yum! :) Wish you were here to help me organize my house while I clean out!

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  17. I can just see you riding on the waves with the wind blowing in your hair and a big smile on your face while you are looking forward to the beginning of each new day. Somehow that just suits you.

    I cannot think of the exact saying but it is something about yesterday being history, today is what is happening now and tomorrow is a mystery. I hope you have thousands and thousands of mysteries to experience in the second half of your life. And may the majority of them be happy ones.

    God bless.

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  18. Mrs. U ...Maybe you are thinking of this..

    Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why they call it the present.

    I think that's a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt...perfect for the theme!

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  19. well said - life is a mystery and best to keep on riding those waves!

    years ago june tabor and the oyster band released a song entitled 'pain or paradise' - your post reminded me of this song - i would have used it as my title song, but unfortunately there is no youtube version of it - but i hope you can track it down, i think (know) you'd love it!

    happy tt!

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  20. This post has to be in your top 5 of all time! I truly love your positive outlook....Stay on top of the waves, Betsy!

    You are an inspiration to us all!

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  21. Kimy ~ thanks for that...I'll try to find it!

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  22. you have brought on the tears

    I've told you before you have a sweet spirit and everyone is beginning to notice.....

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  23. And, I sincerely hope, continually blogging until you are 100 years old. And I hope that I might still be alive reading your posts. Well, science can do some wonderful things these days.

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  24. Cindy ~ awww...big hugs to you...climb up here on this wave with me! :) Funny thing is, I almost didn't post this after I wrote it. Maybe it was just meant to be.

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  25. Your words are an encouragement to me today! May God bless you and your family through all times!

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  26. I love your philosphy! Riding the waves instead of drowning is a beautiful way to put it!

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  27. "If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop the story."...

    Yes! Yes! Yes!....How I love the Oscar Wilde quotes you have here... :D

    Gosh, how I love this post...Betsy, you are such a blessing to so many:)...

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  28. Betsy,
    You are such an encouragement. Thank you for this post. I like the imagry, riding the crest of the wave. I like that alot.

    Happy Thursday,
    Jen

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  29. I love so much about this post, your thoughts, the quotes and the pictures. I could never have imagined the very good, and tough times in my life, but I am thankful. Someone in the blog world asked me if I was a SAHM...a stay at home mom. Well, I guess I am, but my kids are 22 and 25 and have left the nest. Hmmmm. I better come up with a different title!

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  30. Life is a mystery, but half the wonder is finding out what's just around the corner.
    It takes a strong person to stay on top of the waves and not let the force of them pull you down.
    That reminds me of the saying...hang on it's going to be a bumpy ride. But I like to add...a fun and bumpy ride : )

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  31. Ah, sweet mystery of life...

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  32. Well said Betsy. Just what I needed today!

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  33. nice attitude...i'm about halfway there myself.

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  34. Betsy, It seems life does become more complicated the older we get. Thanks for encouraging me to ride those waves with a smile on my face.

    Lady D

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  35. Tom ~ we're still sooo young, right? :)

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  36. I could identify with making the choice to ride on the waves rather than be dragged down by them. Really nice job with TT.

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  37. 'I choose to ride on the top of the waves instead of drowning beneath them.' Good for you. I like this line and it's worthy to shoot for.

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  38. See? You belong here in Newport, especially in Winter; we have plenty of waves for you to ride!

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  39. I have heard it said that we came forth for the ride of our lives.

    I love how you say it! Great Theme Thursday ~ glad I found you.

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  40. Paul C ~ that was my sweet friend David Lynch that said that about me riding the waves instead of drowning beneath them. He does have a way with words, doesn't he? :)

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  41. Absolutely awe inspiring. I love your philosophy of life. Blessings
    QMM

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  42. Ah sometimes it is hard to stay on the crest of the wave. I feel like I'm treading water but you're right, mysteries will unfold I just have to be patient!

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  43. Life Should Get More Complex & Rich The Older One Gets! On Top Of The Waves Surfing Is The Only Way To Travel!

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  44. I can barely swim anymore. Hehehehe. ;)

    I have my acrostic fix!

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  45. Your friend got that description of you PERFECTLY RIGHT!! You cross the line a winner every time Betsy. Sail on, sail on gorgeous girl.
    Millie ^_^

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