My Open Letter to a Bully

We all have a breaking point, that moment when we've just had enough. This is an open letter to a woman, Grace, who has said hurtful, hateful, cruel things about me for the lat two months. I won't repeat the four and five letter words that she uses, but I want to address a few points that are brought up repeatedly.  I know she reads my blog and watches what I post on social media platforms, because they're reference repeatedly.  Grace, this is my letter to you...

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Giving Back

By: Whitney Phelps Flickinger

From an early age I have tried to instill in my kids that they are fortunate to have what they have.  Do they have everything that they want? NO!  Needing and wanting are two different things. They need clothes, food, water, shelter, etc.  Everything else is just stuff.  Read on for more on how we give back to those in need:

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20 Instructions for Life

These aren't mine.  By that, I mean that I didn't write them, but I do find them relevant and worth a share.  Most often attributed to the Dali Lama, but actually taken from the pages of "Life's Little Instruction Book." Sometimes we all need to slow down, take action or enjoy the silence.  Here is a little reminder...

1.Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three R’s: -  Respect for self, -  Respect for others and -  Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

20. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.