Sunday, November 01, 2009

More Flowers

Ruffled Peony 2009
Vine & Rail 2009
Double Delight 2009
Clematis 2009
Roses 2009

Iris 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Flowers & Birds

Donna's Mock Orange©2009
Daisies & Rock©2009

Pink Cosmos©2009

Bee on Cosmos©2009

Vavenby Crow©2009

Loon on North Lake©2009

 Magpie in Solitude©2009

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Goin' Walkin'

Shuswap Sunset ©2009 Terry Gorley

In Canada, this weekend is Thanksgiving. To celebrate turning 55 last month, for Living A Life filled with Love & Gratitude, to celebrate the first annual  Together We Can Change The World Day Walk in Portland, Maine and to bring awareness to 5 Million For Change, I've made the decision to walk 65 km.

I've never done anything like this before. It will be a challenge, but one I'm looking forward to.

I feel like Winnie the Pooh starting out on a new adventure!

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Weeds Come With Flowers

Donna's Lupin Garden ©2009 Terry Gorley

When you are planting your seeds remember there will always be weeds that come with the flowers. No matter how careful you cultivate your garden those pesky little plants will find their place among your beautiful blooms.

Life is like that too. Life will throw in challenges and obstacles throughout a Lifetime. It can be smooth sailing and in the blink of an eye send us reeling in high turbulent waves during the storm of the season. What follows that storm is a rainbow. There are lessons to be learned at the end of every storm we encounter. The clouds have a silver lining if we look for it.

We can choose to sink into the depths of despair or we can see our way through by knowing there is a reason for all situations in our life.

Some of our greatest challenges will happen when we are very young. Some will come later in life. We can choose to act or react to our situation. The problem is, too many don't realize they have a choice. They haven't been taught that they do have choices.

I understand I have choices.
I understand I cannot change the past or other people.
I understand I can change my behavior and how I think.
Who I spend time with, my goals and priorities, my lifestyle and health habits.
Knowing this I can do what is best for me.
~Terry Gorley~

My writing isn't to diminish any horrific experience you may have had. Indeed any such experience needs to be acknowledged and dealt with. It is to help you acknowledge the challenges in your life, so you can move forward.

Today, I will accept the weeds that come with the flowers
~Terry Gorley~

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Planting the Right Seeds

Hummingbird Garden ©2009 Terry Gorley

Planting The Right Seedsby Pegine Echevarria

There is a quote that millions of people hear all over the world, "You Reap What You Sow". The interesting thing about that quote is that most people are not farmers, therefore the process of sowing is an art that many are not familiar with.

Many, many moons ago I was a student at John Bowne High School in Queens, New York for a short time. I attended their agricultural program (yes, I can do a comedy routine on that experience).

While I was there I learned about preparing the fields, sowing the seeds and harvesting the fruits of my labor. I was not cut out to be a farmer or continue my studies as an aggie (somehow Bronx girl to farmer Jane just didn't feel right).

It wasn't until years later that I connected the dots about that experience in my life. I had to learn the rules of sowing and how to plant the right seeds physically, then mentally and finally emotionally, so that I could share them with you.

Rule One: Clear The Land. Remove Weeds, Stumps, Rocks And Anything That Impedes growth.

You have to look inward and clear your head. We all have weeds, stumps, and rocks in our head that impede our growth. We learned rules as children that were for children, not adults. Rigid rules can hinder our careers and relationships, such as "bequiet", okay for kids (sometimes), but as adults we have to speakup.

"Don't be a show off", as adults you have to share your achievements and accomplishments - no one will do it for you. All of us heard family and cultural rules that don't work in our adult lives.

We have to change and clear our heads. How do you accomplish this for your life? By reading, going to seminars, taking courses, joining personal develop groups and hiring a coach. You have to know your thoughts, your beliefs and those that are working against you. Just like a hidden tree stump that you uncover once you start to dig, you will find hidden beliefs and thoughts that are holding you back, that is normal. Just dig, uncover, get the weeds out of the way and prepare for good things to come.

Rule Two: Use Fresh Compost And Clean Soil.

Once we have cleared our minds we may find that we might need to change our environment, friends and associates. If we keep the same people, behaviors, and environment that held us back we will continue to impede our growth and will have to continually keep clearing our heads. People may want to hang on, protect you, or hold you back. Seek the people and places that reflect who you want to be. You will be uncomfortable for a while, that will pass.

Rule Three: Label Your Seeds

You have to know what you want and be clear, in order to accomplishthis task you need to write a plan. Define your plan with affirmation statements and post those statements on your computer, dream board, bathroom, kitchen, or wherever you will be consistently reminded of what you have planted in your mind. You won't see the flowers (the results) for awhile, so you have to remember the seeds you planted and stay focused.

Rule Four: Place The Seeds In The Ground

This is your declaration. You are taking action by declaring to yourself and to the universe that this is what you want and will stay dedicated to its attainment. You commit to care for, nurture, and feed your dream. No matter what obstacles come your way, you will nurture your plan, your dream. You have made a commitment.

Rule Five: Watch The water.

Too Much Or Too Little Is Not Healthy. You have to have balance in your life. All work and no play is no thealthy. Your life should be balanced so that you have health, love, wealth, joy and rest. The seeds will grow. You have to trust the process. You can stay focused and determined while loving, laughing and resting.

Rule Six: Watch For Predators (Snails, Rabbits, Slugs, etc.)

Be vigilant regarding your thoughts. A word, an image or a momentary lapse of judgment can send your thoughts in the wrong direction. Keep negative thoughts at bay by reading positive, uplifting material. Stay away from negative news. When an influential person talks about how "THEY" (meaning some group ororganization), are holding another group of people back, whether it is a newscaster, preacher or parent. Stop listening. Only you can decide what you want to reap. Don't let predators into your mind. Stay focused on what you planted, nurture your dreams, keep vigilant and protect your dreams.

Finally; Rule Seven: Reap What You Sow

After putting in the work to change yourself and implementing your plan you will reap the rewards of your harvest. Enjoy and appreciate what you have received.

However, don't stop with just one planting. Just as farmers sow their seeds often, so should you. Each time you reap your rewards you can continue to sow bigger dreams and, in turn, your life will grow. It is time to step up and be the man or woman with big thoughts and accomplish big things with your life.

Here we go again...

Rule One: Clear the land. Remove weeds, stumps, rocks and anything that impedes growth You have to face yourself and decide to be bigger.

We all have weeds, stumps, and rocks in our heads that stop us from being bigger than we are.

And so on... You have a bigger potential, keeping sowing and reaping your rewards, the world needs your excitement and growth.

This newsletter is about you. You, the incredible person you are,you, the leader, reaching your potential.

Motivating Leaders in a Diverse World!
"Reprinted from "Pegine's Motivational E-zine for Leaders in a Diverse World". Subscribe at

For information call 904-280-8806. (c)2009

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

About Planting Seeds

Flower Garden ©2009 Terry Gorley
I love quotes. I love planting seeds of Greatness in others. I love to inspire. I love to give others Something To Think About. So today, I am sharing with
you quotes from some of the "Greats" who have done all or some of the above and so much more

"Grow yourself, clear your mind of rocks and weeds, plant a dream, nurture it and reap the rewards."
~Pegine Echevarria~

"The first principle of success is desire - knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed."
~Robert Collier~

"Think twice before you speak, because your words and influencewill plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another."
~Napolean Hill~

"Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed."

"Information is the seed for an idea, and only grows when it's watered."

"Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow -- perhaps it all will".
~Albert Einstein~

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

10 Ways To Support Someone

Ostrich Ferns ©2009 Terry Gorley

Ten Ways to Support Someone in Being Their BestBy Michael Angier

One of the greatest responsibilities we have is to support ourselves and others in living at our highest and best. Whether we're parents, partners, friends or leaders, it's incumbent upon us to help others to live as close to their unique potential as we can.

With everything you say and do, you're influencing--positively or negatively--the people you care about. Here are ten ways you can help others see and realize the best that's within them.

Believe in ThemWe all have self-doubts from time to time. Our confidence is shaken. We lack the faith in our talents and skills to go for an important promotion or launch a new initiative. Having someone believe in you at these times is priceless.

Encourage Them"You can do it." "I know you can." These are words that are all-too-infrequently voiced. Sincere encouragement can go a long way in helping someone stay the course. The more specific you are, the better the results. "I remember when you got through your slump last year and ended up winning the sales contest. I'm willing to bet you'll do even better this time."

Expect a LotWe're often told not to get our hopes up. We're encouraged to have realistic expectations. But when it comes to helping others operate at their best, we sometimes have to up-level our expectations. This can be taken to extremes, but there are many times when a teacher, a parent or even a boss has required more of us than we thought we were capable. And we've risen to the challenge which enabled us to see further than before.

Tell the Truth
And tell it with compassion. We often avoid telling the hard truth because we don't want to upset anyone. We want to be nice. But telling the truth is a loving act. You may be the only person who can or will say to another what needs to be said. And you can confront someone without being combative.

Be a Role Model
One of the best ways you influence is by your own actions. Who you are speaks much more loudly than what you say. Don't think that people aren't watching you. They are. And they're registering everything about you consciously and unconsciously. We automatically emulate our role models. And we're all role models to someone, so let's be good ones.

Share Yourself
Too often, we miss the value of sharing our failings. We don't want to be vulnerable, so we hold back. In doing so, we deprive others of our experience, our learning and our humanity. When you share from your own experience--especially your failures--you increase empathy, you're more approachable and you increase your reliability to others.

Challenge Them
The word "challenge" has some negative connotations. The meaning we're using here is, "a test of one's abilities or resources in a demanding but stimulating undertaking."

We all need to be challenged from time to time. Doing it for another is an art form. Go too far and it will backfire. Go too easy, and you will appear patronizing.

Ask Good Questions

A good therapist or coach doesn't tell their clients what to do. They ask good questions in order for the client to understand them-selves better, to get clear on what the issue is and from there to make better choices. You can do the same. By asking elegant questions, you cause people to think and come up with solutions.

Acknowledge Them
You find what you're looking for. If you're looking for the best in someone, you'll see it. If you're looking for their failings, you'll see those. Catch people doing things right and tell them. When we acknowledge the good deeds of others, they tend to do more of them. Write a note. Send a card. Give them a call. Praise them in front of others.

Spend Time with Them
We love what we give our time to. By devoting your most precious resource (time) to another individual, you're showing them you truly value them and your relationship with them. Invest time in your relationships; it's what life is made of.

Michael Angier, founder of Success Net,
recently released the New SuccessNet Resource Book--the Top Must-Have Tools, Products, Services and Resources for Running Your Business Effectively

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Friday, September 18, 2009

My Paradox

Rocky Garden Path ©2009 Terry Gorley

I've been writing poetry for many years, yet there are times my writing skills elude me. Sometimes I go for months without writing anything impressive. Much of my creativity goes with the ebb and tides of being bi-polar.

I've learned to go with those ebbs and tides. My Life as a person who lives with bi-polar disorder is a paradox ... a contradiction.

It is my Friend as well as my enemy. It is my light and my darkness. It is my enthusiasm and my apathy. My Inspiration and depression. It is all who I am. It is what makes me a unique individual. I have learned to embrace me ... as I am.

Do I like the negative effects of being bi-polar? Of course not. Do I appreciate the creativity and positive opposite ... indeed I do!

Could I have one without the other? Perhaps not. Life is like that. It is negative and it is positive. I look for the positive in all situations. How I see any situation is a choice. I can choose to see the negative side or I can choose to see the positive side. I choose to see the positive.

My path of thought is very rocky;
Skipping along, I stumble and fall,
Words swirling like leaves in a breeze
Teasing, just out of reach,
Not wanting to be caught;
Then as an apparition - Inspiration appears
Words falling quickly into place,
Now like marching soldiers
Onward down my trail of thought.
Hiking along my way, I come upon a pond;
Blue, cold, crystal clear
Reflecting, as does a mirror
I toss the words - they go upward - and down,
Slicing the surface like a knife,
Though far from deep they are drowning,
Helpless in their floundering.
Then as an apparition - Inspiration appears
Brought back to reality my words are saved.
~Terry Gorley~

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chogyam Trungpa Quote

Cherub & Roses ©2009 Terry Gorley

My thanks go to my good friend Nick Grimshawe for sharing this wonderful quote in his
Beautiful Summer Morning Newsletter.

"There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. Those rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are."
~Chogyam Trungpa~

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Creativity & youTube

Gorgeous Poppy ©2009 Terry Gorley

You don't have to look far for creativity when you visit

You can find beautiful, hilarious, thoughtful and whatever other adjective you can come up with!

I chose two today to share with you. Both are amazing in their own way. It makes one realize again just how creative Mother Nature is and how creative people can take advantage of her creativity.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Creativity from Different Perspectives

Summer Sunset ©2009 Terry Gorley

Creativity from different perspectives

Nurturing Creativity: Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved. ...Inspiring Funny Fascinating!

Sir Ken Robinson talks about whether or not schools kill creativity ... Inspiring Funny "Persuasive"

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Willard Wigins

Water Droplets on Strawberry Plants ©2009 Terry Gorley

Carrying on with the Creative theme.

Have you heard of Willard Wigins? Willard is a dyslexic man who can't read or write. But what Willard can do is create microscopic works of art in the eye of a needle, on a grain of sand or on the tip of a thread of hair. Can you imagine creating masterpieces that brought him 20 million dollars for his collection!

What are your Dreams and aspirations?

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
~Louisa May Alcott~
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Individuality & Creativity

September Sunset ©2009 Terry Gorley
From Dr Wayne Dyer’s Book, “Inspiration” as related by Leo Buscaglia

The animals got together in the forest one day and decided to start a school. There was a rabbit, a bird, a squirrel, a fish and an eel, and they formed a Board of Education. The rabbit insisted that running be in the curriculum. The bird insisted that flying be in the curriculum. The fish insisted that swimming be in the curriculum, and the squirrel insisted that perpendicular tree climbing be in the
curriculum. They put all of these things together and wrote a Curriculum Guide. Then they insisted that all of the animals take all of the subjects.

Although the rabbit was getting an A in running, perpendicular tree climbing was a real problem for him; he kept falling over backwards. Pretty soon he got to be sort of brain damaged, and he couldn’t run anymore. He found that instead of making an A in running, he was making a C and, of course, he always made an F in perpendicular climbing. The bird was really beautiful at flying, but when it came to burrowing in the ground, he couldn’t do so well. He kept breaking his
beak and wings. Pretty soon he was making a C in flying as well as an F in burrowing, and he had a hellava time with perpendicular climbing.

The moral of the story is that the person who was valedictorian of the class was a mentally retarded eel who did everything in a halfway fashion. But the educators were all happy because everybody was taking all of the subjects, and it was called a broad-based education.
“Respect your oneness and eschew any pressure to be a conformist - be the
being you came here to be. After all, you are that powerful idea whose time
has come.” ~Wayne Dyer~

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Creativity & September 11th

White Peony ©2009 Terry Gorley

Today is September 11/09. Just eight years ago, September 11th was one of the most horrific days in world history. Yesterday, I talked about creativity. Whatever you choose to create, I hope it will result in happiness for you and be something that will make the world a better place to live.

These were my thoughts regarding that day:


September 11, 2001
Watching the horrors unfold
Glued for hours … for days
Grieving for them, for freedom,
For human rights,
For security and democracy.
Pictures and headlines
Chilling to the bone
With overwhelming realization…
Of shocking vulnerability.
Beyond imagination;
True heroism in the face of adversity,
Stories of hope … and despair…
Waiting … waiting
And for what
And you wait some more
And thro’ the foggy mist of information
Dwells the nagging of uncertainty…
Terry Gorley~
Wishing Peace For All

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Thursday, September 10, 2009


Hawthorn Blossoms ©2009 Terry Gorley

There are so many ways to be creative. The majority of us would likely come up with painting, drawing, or writing. But what about needlework or woodwork? Planning for home renovations or redecorating? Much of what we do in the way of being creative we take for granted. For example, preparing a meal takes thought and creativity! Will it be a simple meal or a three course gourmet delight to tease the taste buds! Which of your favorite spices will you add for taste and aroma?

Planning a vegetable or flower garden? How about a combination of both?

Creation is imagination ... it is is fun ... it gives a sense of purpose then fulfillment for having achieved what you imagined ~Terry Gorley~

Today, I urge you to be creative ... stretch your imagination ... reach for the stars ... know there are no limits to what you can create and achieve. All it takes is patience ... persistence ... passion ... Faith & action.

Be creative ... Dare to be the BEST that you can be!

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Rainbow

June Rainbow ©2007 Terry Gorley

I received this wonderful poem written by Jacqueline Ramm from Jocelyn Chouinard in her inspirational newsletter.


When you think your road is rocky and a bit too steep to climb,
When you think your guardian angel needs to work some overtime,
When your personal jigsaw puzzle has some pieces that won't fit,
When life has no rhyme or reason and you can't make sense of it,


When the clouds are dark and stormy and have blocked the sunshine out,
And perhaps you start to wonder what this life is all about,
When your trials and tribulations seem to be so hard to bear,
And it seems there is no justice anytime or anywhere,


When the molehills seem like mountains and the obstacles are great,
When you feel so heavy laden and your worries just inflate,
When you can't see any ending to the problems that you face,
For they just keep on increasing and you need some breathing space,


It may be you need to look a little higher than before,
Or perhaps a little further to see past the clouds once more.
But you'll know it's worth the effort when your rainbow you can see,
And you understand the love behind God's creativity,


For your rainbow holds a promise that this turbulence will cease,
And your inner conflict will become, instead, deep inner peace.
But if, though searching, you can't find your rainbow at this time,
Until you can, I say with love, you're welcome to share mine.
~Jacqueline Ramm~

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Crabby Old Man

Pansies ©2008 Terry Gorley

A Crabby Old Man ....

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in North Platte, Nebraska, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.

Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Missouri . The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this little old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

Crabby Old Man

What do you see nurses?.........What do you see?What are you thinking...........when you're looking at me?A crabby old man...........not very wise,Uncertain of habit..........with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food..........and makes no reply.When you say in a loud voice..........'I do wish you'd try!'Who seems not to notice..........the things that you doAnd forever is losing..........A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not...........lets you do as you will,With bathing and feeding...........The long day to fill?Is that what you're thinking?..........Is that what you see?Then open your eyes,'re not looking at me.

I'll tell you who I I sit here so still,As I do at your I eat at your will.I'm a small child of Ten...........with a father and mother,Brothers and sisters............who love one another

A young boy of Sixteen..........with wings on his feetDreaming that soon now..........a lover he'll meet.A groom soon at heart gives a leapRemembering, the vows.........that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now...........I have young of my ownWho need me to guide...........And a secure happy home.A man of Thirty..........My young now grown fast,Bound to each other...........With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons..........have grown and are gone,But my woman's beside see I don't mourn.At Fifty, once more.........Babies play ' round my knee,Again, we know children............My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me..........My wife is now dead.I look at the future...........I shudder with dread.For my young are all rearing..........young of their ownAnd I think of the years...........and the love that I've known.

I'm now an old man............and nature is cruelTis jest to make old age...........look like a fool.The body, it crumbles...........grace and vigor, departThere is now a stone..........where I once had a heart

But inside this old carcass...........a young guy still dwells,And now and battered heart swellsI remember the joys...........I remember the pain.And I'm loving and over again

I think of the years .. all too few..........gone too fast.And accept the stark fact...........that nothing can lastSo open your eyes, and see Not a crabby old man.Look closer..........see.........ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within..........we will all, one day, be there, too!

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Its A Tear Jerker

Not only a tear jerker, but a truly awe-inspiring story of thoughtfulness and one person's act of kindness!

The sender never identified him/herself but there is a beautiful soul working somewhere in the dead letter office of the US postal service.

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her. You will know that she is my dog.. I really miss her.

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get letter all the way to heaven.

That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office.. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith, ' in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.'

Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away. Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me.. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.

By the way, I'm easy to find, I am wherever there is love.


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Saturday, March 14, 2009

How To Dance In The Rain

After the Rain ©2007 Terry Gorley

One day a gentleman in his 80's arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him.

I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound. While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

I inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease. As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?'

He smiled as he patted my hand and said, 'She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is.'

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought,'That is the kind of love I want in my life.'

True love is neither physical, nor romantic.

True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

'Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.'
~Author Unknown~

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Thursday, February 19, 2009


Robin in Early Spring ©2008 Terry Gorley


A fantasy of frivolous thinking,
Fragmented thoughts
Inspired by imprinted pictures;
Clear as the bluest sky,
Cloudy as an English day,
Obscure in their reality;
A mirage
To contemplate,
To complicate,
To corner a feeling,
To drown in
Or a simple place to hide ...
To seek ... to find ... to understand
Terry Gorley~
Life is a JourneyAs we know Life is a journey. We also know it has it's peaks and valleys with mystery around each corner. We all have hopes, needs and desires. We all have our share of happiness and heartache. We have our losses and our gains.

My Life has been about finding myself. I believe ultimately, that is what all of us are looking for. We know true happiness comes from within and I believe once you find yourself ... your true purpose in Life ... happiness follows.

Where you are in Life often has to do with age. The older you get the more peaks you will have climbed and descended. The more corners you will have navigated. You may find yourself going in one direction then another. You don't know why and you don't know where you will end up. Wherever it is that is your Destiny.

You have choices ... you make mistakes ... there are consequences ... that is Life.

You are here to learn ... grow ... live and die ... that is Life. Living Life to the best of your ability ... doing whatever it is that brings you to your place of Peace & Tranquility ... where you know without a doubt this is YOU ... this is your place ... your Destiny ... your Life!
~Terry Gorley~
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

For Love of Body

Bird in the Willows ©2007 Terry Gorley

Yesterday, I was introduced to EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) when I attended a FREE WIN Network Event. What I didn't know was that I had a previous introduction when I listened to an interview several months ago through Healthy Wealthy n Wise. It was a wonderful refresher!

If you are like me and interested in natural healing techniques, you will want to visit where you will find a lot of FREE information.

This quote by Eric Robins, MD captures the essence of EFT:"Some day the medical profession will wake up and realize that unresolved emotional issues are the main cause of 85% of all illnesses. When they do, EFT will be one of their primary healing tools .... as it is for me." ~Eric Robins, MD~

As you celebrate this Valentine's Day, I urge you ... Love Yourself ... Love Your Body

Post updated May 1, 2012 - I have been consistently using EFT for more than 2 weeks with amazing results! For more information on EFT please visit

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentines & Candles

Watchful Magpie ©2008 Terry Gorley

I've chosen this Magpie for my photo because being a scavenger, it represents the preconceived notions of what is acceptable in society. When you look beyond to see the beauty ... that is Love!

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day ... a day, thanks to Cupid for love and romance. We most often think of chocolate, flowers and hearts. I'm thinking about candles.

Candles are a symbol of Enlightment. How do you view love? Do you give it unconditionally? Do you accept love without question?

What about Love in the grander scheme of things? World Peace & Love. The acceptance of others ... regardless of Gender, Ethnicity, Country of Origin, Religion, Age, Spirituality, or Social Status

What about Justice & Freedom as written and proposed by
Raphael Louis?

Global peace shall come not as a wave of light but as a singular candle flickering and holding off the night of violence. As more households are joined in the effort other homes will also have a candle flickering in their windows. One candle cannot defeat the darkness. Many candles can. Let the candle be our symbol. Let its light illuminate humanity in time.

~Mr Prophet~Mr Prophet Quotes

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
~James Keller~
James Keller Quotes

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Law of Garbage Trucks

Red-headed Woodpecker ©2007 Terry Gorley

My good Friend, William Strong shared this with me. I loved it and thought I would share it with you!

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.

My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!

'This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.' He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you.

Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.

Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so...
Love the people who treat you right.
Pray for the ones who don't.
Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

7 Principals for Success

Big Bubbles ©2007 Terry Gorley
What Are The 7 Principals For Success?

This is what I learned from Rob & Ray

7 Principals For Success are:

1 Purpose
2 Possibility Thinking
3 Enthusiasm
4 Integrity
5 Persistance
6 Out Flowing
7 Creating

Your purpose must be bigger than you. If its just about the money you won't likely succeed. You must think beyond you ... What can I do to make a difference? ... How can I help others achieve their hopes, dreams & desires

If you could live life with no regrets, "What would it be?"

What you put your mind on is what you create. We've been hearing a lot of about this lately with "The Secret" ... its the Law of Attraction

Possibility Thinking
Have something that draws out the best in you.
What would you give your life to?

Enthusiasm & Integrity
Live the life you love
Living the life you said you were going to (integrity)
Look at the unfinished business in your life and finish it: complete relationships, clean your closet, refrigerator, medicine cabinet ... get rid of the clutter!!!

Persist even in the face of failure
Knowing your purpose allows yo to be persistant

Think of a successful person you admire ... What is it you admire about them? How do they impact you?

What creates your energy & excitement?
Be a person who makes something happen

What value can you add that nobody else can?
Create your own value

Practice & Live the Principals
Don't complain
Say, "Thank you" to the Universe for the small things that happen to you ... find a penny ... say "Thank you!"

Unleash your own unique talents
Regrets are most about what you didn't do
Experience is the best teacher ... Learn by experience

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

About Roads

Checkered Backroad ©2008 Terry Gorley

Did you ever wonder why you took a particular road? Whether it was the high road or the low road. Why you went straight ahead or turned at a particular intersection? Why you took a detour and then backtracked? Interesting isn't it, but it really doesn't matter. All that matters is that you are where you are right now and its EXACTLY where you are supposed to be.

When the road is bumpy
And you feel like 'ell,
Just grit your teeth,
And say, "Oh well!"
You have determination,
You know persistance pays,
You know success is yours
When you keep your goals in sight,
~©Terry Gorley~

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Monday, February 09, 2009

Appreciating Differences

A Rose Among the Marigolds ©2007 Terry Gorley

Last evening, I had the privilege of attending the Rankin Family Concert. It was a wonderful 2 1/2 hours of toe tapping, heartwarming down to earth music.

I was seated next to a physically handicapped young lady, who was an obvious huge fan of the Rankins. She clapped loudly and swayed to the music throughout the performance. What I noticed was that she didn't clap in time to the music. She had absolutely no sense of rhythm, but it didn't stop her from allowing the magic of the moment and the music to come to her and touch her heart. I'm sure it will be an evening she will never forget.

What it reminds me is that we all hear the music in different ways. We all dance to a different beat whether its to music or Life in general. Its what makes us unique. Its what makes us Human Beings.
Today, I will leave you with these thoughts:

I am a unique individual.
I will take a moment to appreciate my uniqueness.
I will take a moment to appreciate the uniqueness of others.
I appreciate who I am and I appreciate others for who they are.
When I show Appreciation and Gratitude
for myself and others
the world
becomes a beautiful, peaceful place to dwell.
Terry Gorley~

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

About Disabilities

Perturbed Robin ©2008 Terry Gorley

Recently, I read about Oscar.
What an incredible young man he is!

“You’ll never progress if your mind is on your disability”
~Oscar Pistorius~

Due to a serious congentital leg and foot defect, Oscar's legs were removed when he was 11 months old. That was in 1986. As of 2008, he is known as the the Blade Runner and is "the fastest man on no legs." Oscar says, "I'm not disabled, I just don't have any legs."

Just as Oscar doesn't see his limitations as a disability, you shouldn't either. Remember the only limitations we have are those we place on ourselves.

Today, I urge you to be creative ... stretch your imagination ... reach for the stars ... know there are no limits to what you can achieve ... all it takes is patience ... persistance ... passion ... Faith & action ... Dare to be the BEST that you can be!

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Wealth, Success & Love

Three In A Tree ©2008 Terry Gorley

This is one of my favorite short stories ... I hope you enjoy it too. Open your heart to Love and the Power it has to bring wealth & success into your life

Wealth, Success, and Love
~Author Unknown~

A woman came out of her house and saw 3 old men with long
white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize

She said "I don't think I know you, but you must be hungry.
Please come in and have something to eat." Is the man of the
house home?", they asked.

"No", she said. "He's out." "Then we cannot come in," they

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what
had happened. "Go tell them I am home and invite them in!" The
woman went out and invited the men in.

"We do not go into a house together," they replied.

"Why is that?" she wanted to know.

One of the old men explained: "His name is Wealth," he said
pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another
one, "He is Success, and I am Love." Then he added, "Now go
in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in
your home."

The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her
husband was overjoyed. "How nice!!," he said. "Since that is
the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home
with wealth!"

His wife disagreed. "My dear, why don't we invite Success?"
Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of
the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: "Would it
not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled
with love!"

"Let us heed our daughter-in-law's advice," said the husband
to his wife. "Go out and invite Love to be our guest."

The woman went out and asked the 3 old men, "Which one of you
is Love? Please come in and be our guest."

Love got up and started walking toward the house. The other 2
also got up and followed him. Surprised, the lady asked Wealth
and Success:

"I only invited Love, Why are you coming in?" The old men
replied together: "If you had invited Wealth or Success, the
other two of us would've stayed out, but since you invited
Love, wherever He goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love,
there is also Wealth and Success!"

Friday, February 06, 2009

Experiencing Life

Magpie in Flight ©2007 Terry Gorley

Today, I chose this quote to share with you

Cynthia Kersey of the Unstoppable Foundations writes: ". . . you can choose to be like too many others who trudge through life in a state of endurance, missing most of what they experience. Such people observe life but don't experience its pleasure. If life were a symphony, they would hear the notes, but miss the genius behind the composition. If life were a rare gem, they would see the color, but pay no attention to the intricacies of the cut."

Are you missing the experience of Life?

Do you observe without experiencing the pleasures?
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