GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
VAL's latest news is:
"I took Joey today for his emergency ultrasound and NO TUMOR was found and he has NO CANCER!!!!! "
What wonderful news this is!!!
Today I celebrate the incredible
POWER OF THE PAW!
I want to say thank you for your faithfulness and you prayers. Joey's prognosis is good: With the correct medication and a slightly adjusted diet, he should be on the road to recovery very soon. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. It has been a frightening experience for Val and she has taken strength from your comments and your encouragement.
There are many dogs and their owners in cyberspace who need our love, support and the Power of the Paw. Another wonderful friend is BLEU, another beautiful Golden Retriever, who has sadly stumbled out of remission and has resumed his fight against the dreaded Cancer.
Please, if you can, pay these friends a visit too and give some love. They are incredibly brave people and are an example to us all about what it means to live life positively - taking each day for the joy that it offers.
Finally, I came across an old poem again - one which I am sure we all know very well. Nevertheless, I was astounded, yet again, by its beauty and wisdom and felt I should share it ... again. We can never be reminded too much that, when things seem to be falling apart, it helps just to take a deep breath.
Go placidly amidst the noise and the haste,
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 to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
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 dark 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 labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Sending lotsaluv to all my friends around the world and wishing you all a happy, healthy and thankful weekend.
What a blessing our blogging community is!