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Mind, Body, Soul
Truth and Proof
By Mona Lease

Greeting, Gals!! When the idea lazily swan around in my mind to start this column and my Editor said ok...I thought: "Alright - we'll see where it goes."

She was 18 and newly moved to Greenville. I don't even know how we met. We were friends through good and bad...through childbirths...through her house fire. Then she moved...life split us.

We reconnected through social media. I went to her house last week. Twenty five-plus years have come and gone since she moved. And sitting on her patio....no years had come and gone.

We caught up and shared highlights of the years apart...like it was only a couple of weeks since we'd seen each other. I told her about this column...just for women. Her attention perked up more. I explained the point of this column....that we are just women trying to figure out a few things about ourselves....things we might have known and forgotten....things we may have never known. She said she wanted to read it. Welcome aboard, girl. Glad to have you...as a friend....as a reader.

I also ran across another old friend and her sister last week. I've not known her as long. I explained I was still writing the "woman's column"....as she calls it. She and her sister are both interested. Welcome aboard to you gals, too!! Glad to have you...friends and readers, too.  (As always - guys feel free to read these columns. The disclaimer here is: If you get embarrassed or don't agree...not my fault. It's a woman's column.)

The thing here is: Out of the three women and I....none of us changed our "core." We still have the core set of principles with which we make decisions and deal in our daily lives...grocery...DPL...taxes, etc.

And we believe that is why our friendships survived. Sure...age caught up with us...we've got a couple of areas to tweak...but, the core is still intact.

Consider the following (To the three gals I referenced: Is this how we retained our core?):

"Life is short, live it. Love (not just sexual...I added this) is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish them." - No known author

"It's ok if you fall down and lose your spark. Just make sure that when you get back up, you rise as the whole fire." - Colette Werden

"Time doesn't heal all wounds;  it's what you do in that time that matters." - Dr. Phil

"Age is irrelevant. Ask me how many sunsets I've seen, hearts I've loved, trips I've taken, or concerts I've been to. That's how old I am." - Love, Peace, and Everything Else

"If there was no money, and everything depended on your moral standards, the way you behaved, and the way you treated people, how would you be doing in life?" - Tupac Shakur

"I spent so many years walking on eggshells...never doing or saying the right thing. One day I decided I'd had enough and stomped all over them. Those eggshells cut me deeply as I walked away...but this...was the most beautiful pain I had ever felt." - S.I. Heaton

If I walked away from everyone who let me down or hurt me, I'd be walking a long way....alone. - Halos and Horns Fun Page

"You can't let people scare you. You can't go your whole life trying to please everyone else. You can't go through life worried about what everyone else is going to think...whether it's your hair, clothes, what you have to say, how you feel, what you believe, and what you have. You can't let the judgement of others stop you from being you. Because if you do, you're no longer you. You're someone everyone else wants you to be." - Peace, Love, and Everything Else

Sometimes all you need is for someone to just be there, even if they can't solve your problems. Just knowing there is someone who cares can make all the difference. - sun.gazing.com

The best is yet to be!!    MONA


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