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Welcome Aboard!!
By Mona Lease

Hi, all!! Things just get curiouser and curiouser. (I borrowed that from Alice in Wonderland.) I was wondering about a "part three" to the drug activity I've addressed. But there's not enough for a full column. Then I received a phone call. A woman I've become friends with started working anew. She has a couple of part time jobs. We keep each other "in check" with wrong feelings (the ones that will waste your time and energy) and wrong actions - again, "time wasters." One of her jobs is with a Thai family with a restaurant. They are teaching each other a new language. My caller said she uses this column to teach them English. Wow!! Ok. Welcome aboard to the Thais! Now, I know enough to know that they would be Buddhist. And my caller confirmed that I was, indeed, right. And I thought how that is a perfect fit to this, the third column for the drug addiction, etc. You know Buddhists believe in being honest, compassionate, truthful, "going the extra mile, extending love and such...right? Valentine's Day is the day for love - which was just this last Tuesday!

So in all of the reasons that I've heard for iv drug use - "I'm bored. I'm lonely. It's the recreational thing to do. Everyone is doing it (and that statement is probably truer now than at any other time in history), it's just fun, etc" - I wonder: What causes a person to just get up one day and say they're gonna put a drug-laden needle in their vein? Everyone knows the probable outcome here.

I've heard: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. And I've heard: You can not have a feeling without first having an action. With these two things in mind - I submit the following for your consideration:

"I forgive, but I also learn a lesson. I won't hate you, but I'll never let you close enough to hurt me again. I can't let my forgiveness become my foolishness."

7 Rules of Life: (1)Make peace with your past so it will not disturb your future. (2)What other people think of you is none of your business. (3)The only person in charge of your happiness is you. (4)Don't compare your life to others. Comparison is the thief of joy.(5)Time heals almost everything. Give it time. (6)Stop thinking so much. It's alright not to know all of the answers. (7)SMILE. You don't own all of the problems in the world.

He said: "There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other one is called tomorrow. So today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live." - Dalai Lama

Three Things to Keep Private: (1)Your love life. (2)Your income. (3)Your next move.

Maturity is when you have the power to destroy someone who has done you wrong; but you just breathe, walk away, and let life take care of them.

Understand that you own nothing. Everything that surrounds you is temporary. Only the love in your heart will last forever.

Peace: It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. - Unknown

"What day is it?" asked Pooh. "It's today." squeaked Piglet. "My favorite day." said Pooh.

Remember the kiddies and our service people. Take good care of the furry and feathered ones out there. Be safe and healthy. See ya next time. Ever Toodles! MONA


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