Wednesday’s Quote From Henry Ford

A Thought For Your Thursday From Max Lucado

Complacency Infection

Fractured – This Week’s Picture It & Write

Snap. I wondered if I would be able to see my pink beanie in the photograph. It had been at least three weeks since Christmas had arrived and left, and yet I found a Christmas ball upon this tree. Hanging. Dangling. I felt the strange urge to reach out and snap the twig. Snap. I watched it fall, gracefully into the snow with a thud. It didn’t break. I could still see my damn reflection. The seemingly perfect sphere wasn’t so perfect. I could see marks of erosion and decay, like the ornament had developed cancer. My distorted reflection laughed at me, at my failed career. I kicked my reflection. Smash. It broke into a million, fractured pieces in the snow.

– Ermisenda Alvarez

And as there it lay
broken before my eyes

That momentary reaction
how I did despise

When it was because
my character they attack

While saying that there was
a “something” I did lack

To make me feel less
so they could feel more

Deserving of the praise
that they just lived for

Yes, I have many fractures,
little cracks and flaws

But I get them honestly
each one has a cause

They call my life
a mess and failure

And yet I have to wonder
if the same they could endure 

I’ve taken every punch
still on my feet standing

I will not ever buckle
in this world so demanding

I’m sorry oh little orb
I took it out on you 

When at the moment it seemed
you were laughing at me too

If my life was solid
without cracks in my ball

However could my light
shine through then at all?

Of who I am today
I truly must be proud

And to all the haters
I’ll scream it out loud!

Teresa Marie  1/14/12 © 

__picture it & write

by Ermilia

Mad World – Hiaku

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A mad world in all

when there is delight taken

in another’s fall!

1/11/12 ©

No Excuses

There are no excuses
no matter what the uses

For most failures come
in their total sum

From those people who
in whatever they do

Have the pecular habit
whenever they can do it

Of making up excuses
as one of their ruses

To shift away the blame
at every time it came

But the truth is
God always watches  this

‘Cause excuse are just lies
which He greatly does despise

Teresa Marie   8/7/11

My Thursday Thoughts – The Meaning of Failure

Failure doesn’t mean that you are a failure;
it does mean you haven’t yet succeeded.
Failure doesn’t mean that you have accomplished nothing;
it does mean you have learned something.
Failure doesn’t mean that you have been a fool;
it does mean you have a lot of faith.
Failure doesn’t mean that you have been disgraced;
it does mean you were willing to try.
Failure doesn’t mean you don’t have it;
it does mean you have to do something in a different way.
Failure doesn’t mean you are inferior;
it does mean you are not perfect.
Failure doesn’t mean you’ve wasted your life;

 it does mean you have a reason to start afresh.
Failure doesn’t mean you should give up;
it does mean you must try harder.
Failure doesn’t mean you will never make it;
it does mean it will take a little longer.
Failure doesn’t mean God has abandoned you;
  it does mean God has a better way.


Continue to love each other with true brotherly love. Don’t forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Don’t forget about those in jail. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, for you know what they are going through.

Hebrews 13:1-3
The Living Bible

This was my daily thought e-mail.  I don’t know of a single person who has not failed at least once in their life.  We have a tendency to blame our faults and failures on those around us because we don’t want to see it for what it is, “I failed at …”  It is much easier for us to deal with life when we can focus on the need of someone else to change their shortcomings rather than ourselves.Failure is, in the world we live, a four letter word. Instead of looking at it from the perspective of, “What will they think of me now?”, we should ask ourselves, “What can I learn from this?”  Of course that’s easier said than done!I look back, especially when they are in crisis, at my children and how I let them down in the past as a mother.  With the alcohol and drugs, I wasn’t there for them like I should have been.  But, as my eldest daughter said one day, I have a better relationship with them than most moms can say and they know that I’m just a phone call away any time they need me.

The past mistakes and failures can either destroy or develop us, the choice is really ours alone.  When I ask God, “Why?!” these days, I try my best not to do it as a “woe is me” question.  I’d rather ask Him, “What lesson should I see in this?”  Doesn’t always work that way but we can only try harder.

Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us.

With an open heart and mind,
Teresa Marie

It Is Possible

It is possible to
in anything you do

Fail in many ways
throughout your living days

And for you to succeed
is something that you need

For a unkown reason
any time of season

Sometimes you are driven
and need to be forgiven

Success comes only one way
if that game you play

And it’s to go all out
without having any doubt

While saying a few prayers
to the Man upstairs!

Teresa Marie   5/16/11