The CHOOSE HOPE Project

By: GardenGrrl , 5:50 PM GMT on November 16, 2011

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Random Acts of Kindness; tweaking the nose of darkness through one smile or good deed at a time.

Maybe you are one of those people that holds a door for a stranger. Perhaps you fed a coin into an expired parking meter and saved someone a ticket. Then you move on never knowing the effects of your actions. You just hope it made someone’s day better and that they pass on the good will.

Sometimes being kind to strangers makes a difference. Sometimes the difference is life changing. I’ve had a stranger come to me later and say what I did for him made a difference. It was a small thing, just being polite and respectful, but apparently that day it made a difference in the choices that man made.

These things seem to pay themselves forward. After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, having surgery and starting recovery, chemo happened. Chemo, is just as rough and disheartening as it’s been made out to be. A big mistake was going on the internet to learn more about ovarian cancer. According to some internet sites I’m a dead girl walking. (Side Note; if you have a serious disease, don’t read about it on the internet unless you want to be really discouraged about your recovery. Find a nice book on beating whatever you have and stick with that.)

After reading the doom sites and getting beat up by chemo, it put me in a really dark place. The kind of dark place that gets you thinking stupid thoughts even friends and family can’t pull you out of. It took the random kindness of a stranger to give me hope again. Someone from the grocery store we shop at, a gal I have never talked to, gave my spouse a cancer survivor ink pen to give to me. The outside said, “Courage, Hope, Strength, Cure”. When clicked, a window would roll to sayings like, “Fight Like A Girl”, “You Are Not Alone”.

In the shape of a pink pen with inspirational sayings it seemed the Universe actually cared. It was then I decided that cancer may or may not kill my body, but I will not let it kill who I am. Instead of giving up I chose Hope.

Still have my up and down moments so thought about getting an inspirational tat on my arm. But, it just didn’t seem like quite the right thing to do. Then came the idea of making wrist bands that say CHOOSE HOPE. They can be given to people who are going through hard times. They just arrived this week. So far some have been randomly handed out. I plan on visiting nearby oncology practices to deliver wristbands. Some I’ve given to store clerks I’m friendly with to hand out to customers going through hard times. I always keep a few in my purse now.

If you would like to participate in the CHOOSE HOPE Project, send a WU mail with your address and I will send you some wrist bands. You don’t have to give them out all at once, it doesn’t just have to be people with cancer, these are for anyone being gob-smacked by life. You can give one to someone who knows someone else going through a hard time to give to them. It’s all good.

If you need a wrist band for yourself, send a WU mail, I’ll send you one plus three others...

And yes, I Fight Like A Girl.


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51. sandiquiz
10:35 AM GMT on November 29, 2011
Quoting Ylee:
I admit it... I'm the one who ratted out about Sandi's tooth! Hey, if it's on the blogs, it's fair game, lol!




LOL - I have never been called "fair game" before... maybe an "old bird" but not fair "game" !!
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50. Ylee
10:28 AM GMT on November 29, 2011
Mmmmmm....homemade soup! Just the ticket for this cold, damp weather!

I admit it... I'm the one who ratted out about Sandi's tooth! Hey, if it's on the blogs, it's fair game, lol!

Syd the Vulture... sounds like a cartoon! :)

Glad you're getting better!
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49. sandiquiz
10:22 AM GMT on November 29, 2011
I have all fingers and toes crossed for you :)

Yup - who knew chocolate can fight back!!
The little comment caused reams of comments on my blog... where I hadn't mentioned it! lol

Hope the week improves ........... :)
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48. GardenGrrl
12:20 AM GMT on November 29, 2011
Hi All, this was my last chemo week. Let's hope everything is taken care of....I'm running out of eyebrows (lol)
Finally felt good enough today to get out of the house to take care of business AND made a huge pot of beef-veggie soup.
Bonus, my vision is back to normal and I can read again.

Looks like there is lot's of catching up to do on WU.

BriarCraft, that little critter totally cracks me up!!!

Hi BareFoot, Your tree is awesome :-) We got some of the rain too. Amazing how real rain perks everything up around here. The roses are blooming again.

Hi LowerCal, Glad to hear blue skies made it your way.

Hi Ylee, Syd is part vulture. He would probably eat chicken if we gave it to him. (No poultry for the bird boy) He eats rib bones until there is nothing left but a nub.

Hi Sandi, oh I bet your house smells good with all the Christmas treats cooking. Dang, whats up with the chocolate fighting back.

Hi Rebel, Black Friday, oh heck no, I won't go!

Hi SkyePony, I imagine it was quite the feast of fresh produce at you all's house.

Hi Sp, It's the Corgi mind control that puts all these ideas in my head. They are quite the little jokers. Syd of course, Eggs, everyone on.

Hi Shore, there was plenty of pecan pie. I had some Ghirrideli chocolate chips and imbedded them in my slice, heated....ohhhh now there is something to be thankful for.

Hi Sig, Happy Turkey Day! Carrots for Daisy?

Hi UncleMush, Roxie seems to really like being a star.
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47. BriarCraft
8:20 PM GMT on November 28, 2011
GGrrl, it's been awhile since you posted here. I hope that means you're just busy in the bat cave.

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46. Barefootontherocks
4:35 PM GMT on November 28, 2011
I have no Chose Hope bracelet, but here's a little area of the Christmas tree at my house... Made with you in mind.


Hope Texas had some good rain over the holiday. Rained here.
:)
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45. LowerCal
9:31 PM GMT on November 27, 2011
Nice color choice BTW - fair weather clouds in a blue sky. :^)
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44. Ylee
4:29 PM GMT on November 26, 2011
Does Syd ever look nervous when you are chowing on turkey or chicken? :)

More rain? Hope so!
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43. BriarCraft
1:00 AM GMT on November 26, 2011
The sun came out for me today. I hope it came out for you, too!
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42. sandiquiz
11:21 AM GMT on November 25, 2011
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving....
I am giving thanks for my sense of smell this morning.

I mixed up two great big bowls of fruit cake/pudding mixture last night, and left them soaking. This morning I have seven small puddings in the steamer and a large 8" cake cooking in the oven.... the aroma is delicious!

I have a warning to send to you .... on Tuesday, whilst enjoying Christmas movies and chocolate, I broke - yet another - tooth!!

Chocolate should come with a health warning! Teeth can be broken if the chocolate is hard! (It didn't even contain a nut!)

Have a great weekend:)
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41. rebel13
7:49 PM GMT on November 24, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving to our southern Province and good luck on Black Friday !!!
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40. LowerCal
7:37 PM GMT on November 24, 2011
Thanks for this blog entry, your comments and the commemts you drew from others. Thanks for starting the CHOOSE HOPE Project and the wristbands. Thanks for your comment on my blog.

Happy Thanksgiving to you! :^)
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39. Barefootontherocks
4:35 PM GMT on November 24, 2011
Hi GG,
This is a great blog post!
Do not listen to that garbage you see out there. Keep your mind clear and focused on good things. Picture healing, healthy tissue.

Thanks for the Thanksgiving greeting you left in my blog. Roxie has put Corgis on my list of dogs I'd like to meet.
:)

Happy Thanksgiving Day.
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38. Skyepony (Mod)
5:25 AM GMT on November 24, 2011
Hoping you a great Thanksgiving!

Love your Corgi inspired wishes I've seen around:)
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37. sp34n119w
5:13 AM GMT on November 24, 2011
gg those bracelets are terrific! Leave it to you to find the perfect way to pass it on. I'm grateful for the privilege of being witness to your grace.
Also, your silly (and, frankly, a bit odd) humor ;) That pic of Roxie may be her best and, don't worry, I remember the confusion and promise to not cook any Corgis!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and the zoo!
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36. shoreacres
11:33 PM GMT on November 23, 2011
GG ~ Loved the pic of Syd and Roxie, and their Thanksgiving greeting. I swear - that pair never fails to make me smile.

I hope you're feeling just fine, and have a good, relaxing day planned. There's so much to be grateful for - up to and including pecan pie!

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35. aSigiam
9:48 PM GMT on November 23, 2011
Happy Thanks Giving, GG

And thank you for your post, very inspirational!
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34. unclemush
9:37 PM GMT on November 23, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving.:) I loved the picture on my blog!
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33. GardenGrrl
5:07 PM GMT on November 23, 2011
GOOD NEWS
Halfway through the bag of 200 wrist bands


If you want some, hurry and get your request in.

Handing these out has been a really neat experience.

Hi Ylee, yes we were blessed with rain. It is amazing how the yard is recovering with the rain and cooler weather. I may nick-name my garden "The Phoenix".

Hi Rescue, How are you neighbor? This rain has really been wonderful. The thunder was a great addition too.

Hi Calpoppy, isn't it amazing that some people when offered a choice to make the world a better place choose too. I guess that is why I can still find hope.

Hi BriarCraft, I was possessed by naughty spirits this morning after remembering your zuchinni blog. Heheheheh.

Hi Plapman, yes I think it is hardwired into most of us to collect stuff. Be thankful you are not female because collecting shoes is also added to the mix.

Hi Mass, thanks. Wishing you lot's of happy blessings this holiday.

Hi Dragonfly, you have certainly been in my thoughts and prayers. Blessed Be.
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32. dragonflyF15
4:20 PM GMT on November 23, 2011
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Beautiful blog, thanks! :')
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31. masshysteria
4:01 PM GMT on November 23, 2011
Hi G/G!!




HOPE YOU HAVE A MOST WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WHILE SURROUNDED BY LOVED ONES!
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30. plapman
3:58 PM GMT on November 23, 2011
Good morning GardenGrrl.
It seems we humans tend to fill all the availible space we have. Then look for more. :)
Enjoy the day
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29. sandiquiz
3:22 PM GMT on November 23, 2011


Wishing you and your family (including Roxie and Syd) a very Happy Thanksgiving
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28. BriarCraft
4:24 AM GMT on November 23, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving!

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27. calpoppy
11:12 PM GMT on November 22, 2011
What a neat thing to happen! Just about the same thing happened to me after my first husband died. Someone at work noticed I needed new tires, next thing I knew they had me down at the tire shop putting on new tires!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, GG!
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26. Rescued77
11:02 PM GMT on November 22, 2011
Kudos to you GG! And I'll be praying for your full recovery! Yep, the door held for someone or just a smile and hello at the packed Walmart can change people's faces! Love your spunk in the midst, your decision to NOT be conquered by the negatives! Keep on fighting girl!
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25. Ylee
2:32 AM GMT on November 22, 2011
Hi, GG, there are angels and saints eveywhere; we can be those as well, if we just open our hearts and take the blinders off.

Did you get any rain?
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24. GardenGrrl
2:12 AM GMT on November 22, 2011
A Random Act of Kindness.

Angels really do walk amoung us.
We were at the car repair shop dropping off the truck. While talking to our friend at the counter about the CHOOSE HOPE project he said he had handed out all his wrist bands. Then he told us about this miracle. (It happened before he was handing out wristbands.)

A woman came in with an older car that had bare tires.
When told the price of new ones tears started streaming down her face. Her husband had left her, drained the bank account, took the good car leaving her with three kids and a junk car.

While talking on her cell phone to someone who might loan her money, another woman approached the counter handed her credit card to our friend and quietly said, "Put the tires on my card, don't tell her who did this."

Doesn't this make you believe in people.
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23. OGal
9:55 AM GMT on November 21, 2011

GG,


Up very early. Things I needed to get done before my son's arrival. He was visiting friends in Gainesville last night. The night prior to that he stopped in Atlanta to see friends there. With his flying schedule he has not been able to do this so inbetween jobs he is taking the opportunity.

We have nothing specail planned for Thanksgiving other than the complete meal with all the football games etc. Just the three of us. I hope for each of you your Thanksgiving is the best ever. Don't forget to give thanks for the many wonderful things we each have. Life has been good to us even with all the bumps. Love each one of you and thank you for being my friends for another year.
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22. shoreacres
4:34 AM GMT on November 21, 2011
Evening, GG - or good morning. Whichever. Between you and Ylee, I never know who's working when any more. The only one I can keep up with for sure is Tony, and sometimes he sleeps in!

I saw your note over at BriarCraft's about a 50 degree temperature drop recently. Good gosh! How did I miss that? As I told her, if it got cold here I surely would have noticed. At least, I think I would have.

I heard the Cowboys won. You may have heard our sad tale down here - the quarterback is out for the year with a foot injury. Well, now we'll see what they're really made of. It's kind of sad, since they were having the best season in team history, with a chance for the playoffs. At this point, I'd just like them to make the playoffs - it would be great for them, and put an end to the rampant negativity.

Other than that - crossing fingers for really bad weather. Lots of rain, a little storminess would be good. On the other hand, it's a short week, and I could use three work days. Oh, bother.

Hope all is going well, and that you're not pulling yourself around completely exhausted.

After all this talk about hope, it took until today for me to remember Emily Dickinson's great line: Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops... at all.
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21. Proserpina
6:20 PM GMT on November 20, 2011
Thanksgiving is a time
For reviewing what we treasure,
The people we hold dear,
Who give us so much pleasure.
Without you as my friend,
Life would be a bore;
Having you in my life
Is what Im thankful for.
- Joanna Fuchs
Thanksgiving Pictures, Comments, Images, Graphics
Thanksgiving Pictures Comments - Photobucket
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20. ycd0108
6:09 PM GMT on November 20, 2011
These artists are pretty good and they have a network that covers the globe.If you want I can get them to check out who to see in your neighbourhood.
If you take the periodic table and wrap it around your arm and skew it a bit it is actually continuous.
We stopped in last night at about 2030 and they had cut off the number of tatts at 100 - $5 G. for the Children's Hospital. Place was still busy (and smelled funny - I asked my daughter to turn on the bathroom fan but she came back to say it was on). Still a few folks (young) hanging around under the propane heaters outside - it was chilly last night but dry. Most had moved inside to keep warm and maybe the stuff I was smelling was "second hand". The posters we put up for the event were like a cartoon but I took one poster on the desk and wrote: Choose Hope on the wrist of the cartoon kid.
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19. GardenGrrl
5:49 PM GMT on November 20, 2011
Good Morning, Texas weather is so changable. Remember yesterday when I was glad to have a heater?
Slept a blessed 10 hours as it's my day off. Was doing the morning routine, felt real hot, started sweating.
Thought, "Oh no, not another fever." Then looked at my weather station and it was 72f outside, 77f inside. Gosh I'm glad to have air-conditioning too.

Hi UncleMush, Tell me your not showing Plapman and Abbey's best sides lol.

Hi OGal, So glad the dental thing is about over. I don't know what hurts more, the tooth or having to pay for it. I'm so hoping to have enough vacation time left to drive to Orlando this year to visit Mom and Harry Potter.
I wonder if the Make A Wish Foundation would pay for bald me to take a group of kids with cancer to the Harry Potter thing at Universal. We would all have a blast!

Hi LowerCal, (he,he) You ought to know my mind is going to see the funny satirical side of things :-D
It's the hilariously innappropriate stuff I don't say that is really funny though.

Hi Ycd, I'll keep you SIL in mind. A good tattoo artist is gold. The Periodic Table would actually be a cool tat if you wrap it spiral and do it like a sleeve.

Hi Shore, what good is language if we can't twist it into amusing shapes? Then again, it's only funny if we are educated in language and it's original form. When everyone is literate and educated, comedy will become a high art.

Hi Sandi, I will always stand by my belief that it is not the warriors and statesmen that protect and shape what becomes a civalized society. It is the teachers.

Hi Briarcraft, I may end up writing all that down real fancy and taping it to my bathroomm mirror.

Hi Karen, Knowing loss teaches us the greatest type of empathy for others. (If it doesn't crush our soul.)It just really stinks acquiring that bit of our humanity. It's also a reason I fight for my health. I do know my value to my loved ones.

Sometimes I think people like Kacie are Angels that come to teach us a lesson in how to truly live. If they are not I think we should treat them as Angels anyways. Their hopeful innocence in the face of overwelming adversity really is an example of how to embrace life above it's problems.

Hi Ylee, had a great evening. Went to a restaurant with good comfort food and a live band. Then slept in really really late. Now it's time to put one of the ballgames on. Life is good.

Inspite of everything, life really is good.
Peace from the blog porch.
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18. Ylee
3:24 AM GMT on November 20, 2011
Hi, GG, hoping you are enjoing your evening, and enjoy your time off!
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17. SBKaren
2:00 AM GMT on November 20, 2011
I love your Choose Hope bracelet. It's inspiring - very!

There's a lot of truth to what Briar is saying. I live that way too. My life hasn't been perfect, but it sure hasn't been that bad. I've had two life changing experiences that have guided my thinking for life.

One was the loss of a friend (my age - back in 1997) in a horrific automobile accident. Not that unusual of an experience in this world, except she unexpectedly lost her husband 4 months before - and they have 2 children. I was close to the family, one of the girl's Girl Scout Leader, and my friend that lost her life was one of my co-leaders. I couldn't imagine how those girls dealt with the loss of 2 parents, when all I lost was a friend. Both girls are grown functioning adults now. How that happened is a testament to the people that were around them and to them.

Another was a young girl who lost her life at the very tender age of 18. I met her at age 4. She was in our special education class. This girl had more health issues in her short life than most of the people I know in my life combined. She had a total of 167 visits to the hospital. She touched so, so, so many lives. Mine included. After meeting Kacie and becoming her friend, I rarely complained about things anymore. All I had to do was look at what she was dealing with, and it was always more than what I had to deal with, and everything fell into place. Her mother (and friends) were instrumental in getting Kacie's Kloset started. Take a look. I'm so proud of Kacie - for what she dealt with, for how she looked at life - but most importantly, what she taught me.

Now I am equally proud of what you have done. Paying it forward is a good way to help yourself. It takes you out of yourself and you realize that you are apart of this great big green and blue planet. I hope you are able to hear, someday, how giving someone one of those bracelets was just what they needed to go on. You can BET that is happening.
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16. BriarCraft
12:18 AM GMT on November 20, 2011
Just a reminder: We get what we expect, so expect something good. It really does work. And in some of the most unexpectedly good ways you might imagine.
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15. sandiquiz
8:38 PM GMT on November 19, 2011
Hi Sandi, courage often recognizes courage. You couldn't have taught school for all those years without a backbone. For that I salute you.

Backbone? Thanks :-) ....

There once was a teacher from York,
Who said teaching can be hard work.
Her role was to groom
The kids in her room,
But most days she felt like a clerk!

Happy Sunday ... I know it is still Saturday with you, but only three and a half hours left of Saturday here!


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14. shoreacres
5:08 PM GMT on November 19, 2011
Hmmmm.... Seems like "smarmy evangelist" would be an oxymoron, since the Greek roots for evangelist mean bringer of good news. Yet another example of language being kidnapped and held hostage by - smarmy proselytizers?! ;-)
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13. ycd0108
4:55 PM GMT on November 19, 2011
If you do decide to get a tattoo I recommend this place:
http://www.blackandbluetattoo.ca/artists-2
I was going to get the "Head Honcho" (my SIL) to tattoo the periodic table on my left fore arm but maybe I'll just get a "Choose Hope" bracelet - Thank you
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12. LowerCal
2:35 PM GMT on November 19, 2011
:^] OK, so maybe someone *totally* lacking in empathy wouldn't quite get the concept of "paying it forward", lol.
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11. OGal
2:26 PM GMT on November 19, 2011



GG, thanks for the nice comment on my blog. One more appointment and I will be done till the next thing falls apart. My dentist is darling but way too busy. He has made enough money off my mouth and me.

Love your random acts of kindness. i truly believe in these little acts and try to do them at least once a week. Even a smile can be a random act.

Hope you and your hubby have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I am so thankful you are doing so well. Lots of hugs. If you ever get to Orlando you have to give me a call.
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10. unclemush
2:21 PM GMT on November 19, 2011
Abbey. :)
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9. GardenGrrl
1:03 PM GMT on November 19, 2011
Good Morning, today it is warm (65f) and humid at 6:50am. Just one more shift and I get sleep in....Hooray!

LowerCal, After reading your comment I suddenly had an image in my head of a smarmy evangelist with a tip jar. :-D

Hi Calpoppy, sometimes a day playing hooky from "what your suppose to be doing" is a good call. (It's also lots of fun). Lounge and chat time is the best.

Hi BriarCraft, that is a really cool video link.

Just cause this bears re-reading for me, I like what you wrote;
I'm a firm believer we often get what we expect, so it really pays to start each day expecting something good. Regardless of your schedule or mood, please take a moment to pause and look around you. See the beauty. Start every day with a sense of anticipation that something good will happen. Even if you don't feel it, do it!

Have a Great Day All
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8. LowerCal
11:25 PM GMT on November 18, 2011
Even someone totally lacking empathy could still find "paying it forward" satisfying if they were rational. It certainly qualifies as "enlightened self-interest".
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7. BriarCraft
9:08 PM GMT on November 18, 2011
I know you don't like to have videos posted on your blog, so I'll just provide a link to a YouTube video called Get Service. It brought tears (the good kind) to my eyes the first time I watched. It fits right along with your mission of "Choose Hope". And yes, there are a lot of times and circumstances when a person just needs to Choose Hope.

I'm a firm believer we often get what we expect, so it really pays to start each day expecting something good. Regardless of your schedule or mood, please take a moment to pause and look around you. See the beauty. Start every day with a sense of anticipation that something good will happen. Even if you don't feel it, do it!
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6. calpoppy
2:03 PM GMT on November 18, 2011
Good morning, GG! I am playing hooky from the gym this morning so I am enjoying the morning saying hi to my blogger friends. Mostly I love going to the gym, but there are days that it just feels good to hang out at home for awhile longer.

The wristbands are great, simple and inspirational!

Simple acts of kindness, I try. It does work when someone does it to me I feel good the rest of the day!
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5. GardenGrrl
1:05 PM GMT on November 18, 2011
Hi All,

Can you believe that in N. Texas we have gone from mid 80'sf to lower 30's in a matter of days. So glad both the A/C and furnace work.

Hi Shore, agree with you totally about it's not the thanks, but the smile. To spread goodwill is the reward in itself. I refuse to believe that the world is totally negative so I like to prove otherwise whenever I'm able.

Hi Sandi, courage often recognizes courage. You couldn't have taught school for all those years without a backbone. For that I salute you.

Hi Ylee, there is a saying; "Be more kind than you need to be, everyone you meet is battling something."
While I'm not particularly good at doing that all the time, if I can do it a quarter of the time I feel sucessfull with life.
And yes, there are so many people that for so many reasons need a hand up so they can choose hope in their life instead of despair.
That is why I made the wristbands unisex and nuetral colors not taken up by any other cause right now. Plus I liked the idea the blue and white reminds me of blue skies.


Warm Thoughts to All who visit my little blog porch here. ((((((to you)))))
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4. Ylee
8:29 PM GMT on November 17, 2011
I know that you are more focused on cancer or severe illness, but lots of folks have some sort of issue where CHOOSE HOPE can apply, whether it's someone who's lost their job and facing foreclosure, or someone who's spouse has left them, or maybe someone that's depressed because they think the world just don't give a damn.

If all you see are storm clouds, try to be a ray of light, beacuse you don't know who else is in the darkness, too.

Hope you are having a good day!
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3. sandiquiz
7:12 PM GMT on November 16, 2011
You are one courageous lady.... fight well, and go all ten rounds:-)

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2. shoreacres
6:48 PM GMT on November 16, 2011
We're on the same page here. I was driving home for lunch, thinking about Thanksgiving and gratitude, and how so many people are just snarly these days. It's one reason I love holding the door for people at the p.o. - they'll give you a look like, "Wha...?" And then they say "thank you", and smile.

Being thanked isn't the point. The smile is. People who choose hope tend to smile more, I think.
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1. GardenGrrl
5:57 PM GMT on November 16, 2011
Thanks to everyone who stopped by my Chocolate Blog that I haven't yet got back to at that blog. Sometimes it's easier to just go visit your blog, catch up on what your doing and lurk or leave a comment.

Peace from the Blog Porch, Gardengrrl
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