Treasure Beach Forum: Inspirational Thoughts: INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS--March 3-9
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Glasceta Honeyghan on Monday, March 03, 2003 - 06:29 am: Edit Post


Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all repaired their boats and left.

Love wanted to persevere until the last possible moment. When the island was almost sinking, Love decided to ask for help. Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said, "Richness, can you take me with you?" Richness answered, "No, I can't. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you."

Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel, "Vanity, please help me!" "I can't help you Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat." Vanity answered.
Sadness was close by so Love asked for help, "Sadness, let me go with you." "Oh....Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!"

Happiness passed by Love too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her!
Suddenly, there was a voice, "Come Love, I will take you." It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that he even forgot to ask the elder his name. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went his own way.

Love realizing how much he owed the elder and asked Knowledge, another elder, "Who helped me?" "It was Time," Knowledge answered. "Time?" asked Love. "But why did Time help me?" Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, "Because, only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is."
--Author Unknown


"The person who criticizes others all the time is, in reality, unhappy with oneself. He or she concentrates on what's wrong with everything instead of what's right with it ... This person concentrates on the specks of dust that may be found on any masterpiece and, as a result, goes through life missing the beauty and the wonders of life."
~ Earl Nightingale

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Glasceta Honeyghan on Tuesday, March 04, 2003 - 06:42 am: Edit Post

Only A Rose...

It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God's design,
But I can't unfold the petals,
With these clumsy hands of mine.

The way of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I,
The flower God opens sweetly
In my hands would surely die.

If I can't unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God's design -
Then how can I have wisdom
to unfold this life of mine?

So I will trust him to lead me
Each moment of every day,
And I'll ask him to guide me
Each step of the way.

For the pathway before me
My heavenly Father knows,
And I'll trust him to unfold it
Just as He unfolds the rose.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

"Everything that you do or say that raises the self-esteem of another raises yours as well."

~ Brian Tracy

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Glasceta Honeyghan on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 07:18 am: Edit Post

The Triple Filter Test

People often wonder why some people have such great friends and manage to keep them ... If you manage to apply the following in your life, the same could work for you:

In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem.
One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, "Do you know what I just heard about your friend?"

"Hold on a minute," Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."
"Triple filter?"
"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you're going to say. That's why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and..."
"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?"
"No, on the contrary..."
"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test though, because there's one filter left: the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?"
"No, not really."
"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?"

This is why Socrates was a great philosopher & held in such high esteem. If we are able to protect our friends and those we love in this manner, we cannot be influenced by outsiders in having bad notions about them.
--author uknown


"Don't spend your precious time asking "why isn't the world a better place?" The question to ask is,"How can I make it better?" To that question there is an answer.

~ Leo Buscaglia

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Glasceta Honeyghan on Thursday, March 06, 2003 - 10:08 am: Edit Post


Watch your thoughts;
they become your words

Watch your words;
they become your actions

Watch your actions;
they become your habits

Watch your habits;
they become your character

Watch your character;
it becomes your destiny
--author unkown

Go placidly amid the noise and the hate, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love—for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

--from the works of Max Ehrmann

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Glasceta Honeyghn on Friday, March 07, 2003 - 10:56 am: Edit Post


I am going home
to a sun-filled land
sitting heavily in the Sea
where a struggling people
possess an unflagging drive
to make this place a Home.

I am going home
where dawn is late
for women in broad-brimmed hats,
with loads of victuals
trudging to open market,
for fishermen already rigged
and boating off to Pedro Key,
for children sprung
from dream
to dress
to lamplight,
and tramp off
to distant schools.

I am going home
where faith stands strong
like the sun's heat
that sucks the earth,
and farmers
question the
but a mid-year glare
them to the waiting earth
where they too, wait.
And above, break out
disturbing drums
beating big and heavy.
Light lashes, cutting quick,
and wriggling.
And out charges
the roaring rain
that beats to life
the hungry land--
soon flowering green
and into
harvestable rituals.

I am going home
where a cook's pride
with sluggish aroma
of curry goat
drifting out the window
and riding
the quiet evening air
and one indulging
in its spicy delicacy
and fanning pepper-stung lips.

I am going home
where there's richness
in a neighbor
a mango across the fence
and before the rain hurtles
she fetches your batch
of clothes
fanning on the line
or where
someone eases in
to squeeze you in
the Kingston-bound minibus.

I am going home
where time is unrushed,
where someone says howdy
and waits for a reply,
where a fellow
to a drink-mate
his life
to rounds of White Rum
and spill
his woes
into early morning.
Or where one gives heed
to the Rastaman
leisurely propound
his dreadness.
Or, where it's not unusual
for a church talk
to stretch into
some hot verandah talk.

I am going home
where the eye slows to
a naked child
bedding aground,
the sophistication
of a village woman
with load balanced
on her head,
the katta holding
it grounded
even as she shakes
with laughter
and flails arms.

I am going home
to sounds:
shouting promises,
praying for children,
Red-Stripe Beer drinkers
belching heftily,
domino slapping,
Reggae stabbing,
badword blurting.
to voices
before I was.

I am going home--
a dot on the map,
yet it opens
to the world
its Bob Sled team
down the icy track,
and qualifying for
the Olympics,
its young beauty
with the world's crown
glistening on her head,

thus proving that
for Jamaicans
everything is really
No problem man.
---Glasceta Honeyghn

The Moment Matters

Precious moment, help me to not waste you by attacking the great big world, searching for all answers, for some solutions. Help me to not weigh you down with a negative thought, a thoughtless word or action. Help me remember that how well I use you will determine my subsequent moments, my hours, my days. Help me remember that you are fleeting, rushing, soon gone into eternity and could take my existence with you; so help me grasp you, relish you, savor the inner peace you afford me. Help me use you to begin afresh, if no more than to take a quick glimpse into how I might use this rare opportunity to convince myself that I want to live, live, live, and possibly, feel another glorious moment like you.
--author unknown

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Glasceta Honeygh on Sunday, March 09, 2003 - 01:50 pm: Edit Post

(JamaicaÍs National Bird)

When struck
with urge
to grieve
all that you could have had,
go off,
stoop &
at one small spot
of earth's canvas,
at one such spot
you might catch
a glittering
high-speed dancer
swooping &
on untouching toes,
leaving you
--Glasceta Honeyghan


Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something.
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations.
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge.
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary.
It means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those
who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.
~ Author Unknown ~

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Glasceta Honeyghan on Monday, March 10, 2003 - 11:14 pm: Edit Post

LOVER'Sæ LEAP (Jamaica)

The mountain
lush lands

to kiss

and all
is muted
blue haze
which enticed
and framed forever
two lovers'

---author unknown

This Day
Look to this day!
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities
Of your existence.
For yesterday
Is already a dream
And tomorrow
æ Is only a vision...
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday
A dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow
A vision of hope.

--from a Sanskrit poem

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Glasceta Honeyghan on Friday, March 14, 2003 - 06:28 am: Edit Post

Forever Young
Youth is not a time of life - it is a state of mind, it is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over love of ease.

Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair - these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.

Whether they are sixteen or seventy, there is in every being's heart the love of wonder, the sweet amazement at the stars and starlike things and thoughts, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what is to come next, and the joy and the game of life.

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair. When the wires are all down and all the innermost core of your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then you are grown old indeed.

But so long as your heart receives messages of beauty, cheer, courage, grandeur and power from the earth, from man and from the Infinite, so long you are young.
~ Author Unknown ~

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Glasceta Honeyghan on Friday, March 14, 2003 - 06:49 am: Edit Post

Sorry folks! this poem was placed at the wrong spot.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Glasceta Honeyghan on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 - 06:55 am: Edit Post

The Wish

I caught a little leprechaun,
quite wise and very old.
He said to me,"You have one wish,
would you like my pot of gold?"

"No thank you," was my quick reply,
"But how about another...
A gift that's truly precious
and esteemed above all others?"

He offered then some emeralds,
rubies, sapphires, pearls
and a host of other treasures
that would make your senses whirl!

As I rejected all his list
his bright eyes flashed with fire
and, angrily, he said to me:
"What is it you desire?"

I said:
"A rainbow's far more beautiful
than its supposed treasure
and the 'rainbow' that I'm wishing for
is priceless beyond measure.

"I'd like to have the dearest friends
a person ever had
to share in all the good times
and help me through the bad...

"To laugh and sing and joke with,
love and appreciate
as we live life's greatest adventure
that would certainly be great!"

"Oh, now I know you're daft!" he said
as he ran off with his pot...
"to waste your wish on something
you have already got!"
~ Author Unknown


"Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these."

~ Susan B. Anthony