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Saturday, January 28, 2012


I'm looking 10 years older than my years.
I'm feeling 10 years younger than my years.
My hair is too short.
My face looks like a relief map.
I talk too much
I ponder too much.

I spend way too much time on FB.
I spend too much time with my laptop on my lap.
I spend too little time with people.
I stay home too much.
I always have something that needs to be done.
I always have a list to work from.

I have grown children with their own families.
I have outstandingly wonderful grand children. 
I have a sister whom I love a ton.
I have a brother and I kinda love him, too!  :)
I have a momma, the best one ever.

I have a Bichon Frise girl furbaby who is 10 years old.
I have a Rat Terrier boy furbaby who is 11 years old.
I have a roomy who has a life of his own.
I have a life of my own.
We have some left over life together.
He's cute. He's a keeper.

I have 2 ebooks for sale.
I have 3 audio books for sale.
I have 1 book currently under re-write.
I don't spend nearly enough time on that.

This is a list of 'stuff' about me and yet, at the end of the day, it's just stuff. 

I have a lot of faults, a lot of shortcomings and few really good things on that list and yet, at the end of the day, it's just a list.

At the end of any day, what matters is what I did with that day.

 Did I make a difference for anyone? Anyone?  

 Did I bring a smile to anyone?  At all?

 Did anyone leak from their eyes because I touched them? One tear?

 Did I hug someone? I bet I did.

At the end of any day, what matters to me is that I mattered to someone.

Jo  ♥


  1. Awwww.... You matter to me. <3 I'm sure you touch a lot of lives.

    btw...I could have written this. LOL

    1. Thanks for the love Darlene. I changed the hair color line to more accurately reflect the truth. LOL
      You matter to me, also and touching lives is what it's all about. You have surely touched mine. ♥

  2. Oh this is just a great post-- it is honest and real. I like that. You sure are a blessing to have around and YOU are a KEEPER. :) <3 Jenn

    1. *blushing here* You just say the sweetest darn things. From one keeper to another, I love that we found each other. ♥

  3. Have I told you that I appreciate you ♥♥♥♥ this seems like a perfect time to do so. Touching lives, one word at a time!

    I'm very glad to have the opportunity to get to know you Jo!

    1. I would return that compliment 100%. You touch me every time I visit your page. Hey, maybe that should be my motto..."Touching lives, one word at a time." Oh, I like that a lot.
      I'm very happy we have connected here and look forward to many years of touching each other. (that sounds dirty).

  4. Jo, you touched my life the day you came into it. The moment we talked about this site you became a part of it. You introduced this lost person to those who make me smile, help me to learn something new and gave me a reason to get up in the morning when I want to remain in my empty bed.

    You have touched my life considerably, but maybe you need time to see it.
    Thank you for coming into my life, for finding me, and causing me to become busy writing in a different style and for varied reasons.

    You made a difference in my life.

    1. Thank you so much Sondra. I didn't find you, you found me! lol In any case, writers do have a certain kinship that either connects them or holds them in some way through their written words.
      I am happy that I made a difference in your life. If you needed something I said, I'm thrilled that I had it to give.
      I have enjoyed reading your work and knowing that you are growing as a writer in part due to this fantastically crazy group of writers which you have joined!
      It's a good future for all of us. ♥

  5. Sounds like MY life except for all the books &

    1.'s apparently it's many of us! Thanks for comin' by and letting me know you were here. I really enjoyed your stories.
      You are very talented and most definitely touched my soul as I read your accounts.

  6. Jo, Perfect, and for those of us who don't cope well with winter, clouds, cold, snow and whatever this season entails, I certainly do identify with everything you said. The happy side is that spring always comes and my strength is renewed.You have touched my life and i've shed a few tears with you...some of laughter and some of pain but, all in all it' been a good journey. Velda

    1. You are such a treasure to me. I can't even believe we spent so many years apart. I feel connected to your very being now. I have missed you and didn't even know. Thanking God for bringing us back together. The tears were real, the love is real and this connection is forever. ♥ u

  7. Boy, do I relate to this. So much of it could be describing me. Jo, you never have to worry because you make the most of every day. You touch so many lives I don't think you realize the impact you have on people. You have certainly enriched my life and I love you for that. You are definitely a keeper!

    1. Oh Kat, how kind of you. You have added a great deal to my every day life as well. So glad we are friends now.
      You are my keeper, as well.

  8. I loved this. We all have a list (and a list of things to do!), but what really matters for all of us is exactly the same. Did we connect with someone? Did we reach out? Did we matter?

    My favorite poem of all time is called Abou Ben Adhem. It was written by James Henry Leigh Hunt. I loved it as a child and love it still. Your post today brought it to mind.

    Abou Ben Adhem

    Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
    Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
    And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
    Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
    An Angel writing in a book of gold:

    Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
    And to the Presence in the room he said,
    "What writest thou?" The Vision raised its head,
    And with a look made of all sweet accord
    Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord."

    "And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so,"
    Replied the Angel. Abou spoke more low,
    But cheerily still; and said, "I pray thee, then,
    Write me as one who loves his fellow men."

    The Angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
    It came again with a great wakening light,
    And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,
    And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!

    1. That is a powerful message and one I know we both share. I find it impossible to love God if you don't love mankind. If the people in and around your life don't matter, aren't your purpose, how can you claim to love Him? For me, and I am sure for you, it's one and the same.

      I love this poem and am going to print it out and keep it. You might understand, because you know I do NOT keep THINGS...that's H U G E.

      ♥ U always. Thank you for this share.

  9. Replies
    1. Why thank you Mr. Hutt. Time for all things. ;0

  10. You make a difference to me with your kind comments.


    1. That's very nice to hear. You make a difference every where you share your love! Like here. ♥

  11. If you loved someone, laughed with someone and stood by someone, then you have had a successful day, and will have many more. You make my heart warm, Jo. Thank you xx

    1. Thanks Mojo...I think it's very mutual, except for that dark side! lol ♥

  12. As always, thoughtful and well written! Cheers!

  13. I love this and I can tell that you are such a wonderful caring person! I too, strive to hope that I am making a difference in someone's life. And you know what, I've been thinking about volunteering in a retirement or convalescent hospital once in a while, just to play cards or have conversation. I worked at a Nursing home many years ago as a nursing assistant. So much need there! Great post, Jo! Love the way you started out as a list!

    1. In this area they are now called Senior Care Centers and they have a lot of volunteers. I think the need far exceeds their abilities in most cases. Thank you for your constant kindness and friendship. ♥


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