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Old 01-20-2007, 08:57 AM
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You're probably too busy friend,.........©

You're probably too busy friend,.........©


You're probably too busy friend, but I have need to talk...


I have time for you friend, busy, yes, but never too busy for a friend who may need me. God gave us friends so we did not have to be alone, even when we know we are never alone, for He is with us always, He uses friends to reinforce that with us.


I'm no great person, only another soul trying to be the best I can with what I have. I do little by myself, for without God and trust in His love and omnipotence I am lost in self, and that is a very dangerous place for me to be. Better I give it over to Him, and let Him guide me..


Now, what is it, you wish to say, dear friend?


Richard G. Shuster (from Rick's Random Ramblings, You're probably too busy friend,..... ©)
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:03 AM
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Doing what is right©

Doing what is right©


Doing what is right,

is often the best medicine,

to overcome the illness

of others who do not...


Thanks for doing what is right......

the illness will pass......


Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Doing What Is Right©)
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:08 AM
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If I feel in need..........©

If I feel in need..........©


If I feel in need of a smile, I give one,

if in need of a hug, I give one,

if in need of forgiveness, I offer it to another,

if in need of love, I honor another with it.

I can do little else, but in the scheme of things, these are the things I need to do.

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, If I feel in need...........©)
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:13 AM
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Trust and Respect©

Trust and Respect©

It is important, I have learned in the most painful of ways, to never do anything or treat anyone, in such a manner that it destroys the trust and respect of the relationship and of each other. As devastating it is to one another, it destroys even worse the trust and respect for self. When that occurs, all that one has believed and held in value is eroded into meaninglessness and empty occupying of space. Forgiveness by others is possible but difficult to obtain. Forgiveness of self may never come, leaving only misery, doubt, and lonely emptiness.

Richard G. Shuster, (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Trust and Respect©)
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:17 AM
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Signs

Signs

We do not always know what signs we hold up for others to see,

but a sincere smile, a gentle touch, a caring act, and a loving heart

will never send the wrong message...

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick's Random Ramblings, Signs )
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:29 AM
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Each New Day©

Each New Day©


Each new day God provides for us a new beginning,
Each new day is cause to celebrate and to express our gratitude.
Each new day is a day for reflection upon past, current and future.
Each new day is an opportunity for giving and receiving forgiveness.
Each new day is a perfect gift from God for us to appreciate.
Each new day belongs to God and is shared with us.


2006 Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Each New Day©)


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Old 01-20-2007, 11:59 AM
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We need to stay upon our soapboxes

We need to stay upon our soapboxes

Our young and promising and bright and strong have their necks and butts on the line and are sacrificing all they have, for each and every one of us. To allow the enemy, foreign or domestic, in any form, under any guise, to undermine and endanger those young men and women in service is to turn our backs on all that we hold proudly; our history, our flag, our country, our military, our veterans, and for all of what we stand.

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, We need to stay upon our soapboxes)
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:04 PM
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Life is a Patchwork Quilt©

Life is a Patchwork Quilt ©


Each unique and special quality of the individual is best enhanced when joined in common cause with others as unique and special in their own right. Consider each as a patch in the quilt of humanity. In order to make the quilt, it requires those extra special individuals who can join the patches together and produce the finished product, showing us all how much better we really can be when joined together in a common cause.


Richard G. Shuster (from Rick's Random Ramblings, Life is a Patchwork Quilt©)
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:09 PM
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Reminders of our responsibility of forgiving and being forgiven©

Reminders of our responsibility of forgiving and being forgiven©

I have found in my life, the forgiveness most difficult, is the forgiveness of self. I attribute it to my ego and self-centered nature..

I must get tough with myself over resistance to self-forgiving, for it is the ultimate in arrogance, to not forgive myself, even after God and others have forgiven me....

In the Lord's Prayer, it says..."deliver us from evil", which I frequently replace with "deliver us from ego", as it reminds me that the worst evils in my personal life were frequently empowered by my ego...brought upon myself, allowing evil to control and consume....through blocking of my ability to be forgiven, to forgive others, and to forgive myself.

Today, I am grateful for the forgiveness of God, of my fellow man, and of myself...


Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Reminders of our responsibility of forgiving and being forgiven©)
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:27 PM
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Stewardship©

Stewardship©

Stewardship to me today,
is a GIFT from GOD to US,
which enables US to have:
- Responsibility to GOD
- Responsibility for Ourselves,
- Responsibility with Other Persons and
- Responsibility for All Things in Our Care.

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Stewardship ©)
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:29 PM
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Serving Others©

Serving Others©


Indeed, a task of proportions many do not know, to serve others with only the knowledge that you do your best, thankless more often than not, but for the times of seeing a process improved, a better way found, or a family helped to the point they now help themselves and others, all is worth the while….. it is always right to work each today, always with understanding of the past, always to help create for the better future…..for all.


Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Serving Others©)
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:32 PM
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May your days be...©

May your days be...©

May your days be… reflective of the values you hold,
… filled with gratitude for those gifts you have received,
… forgetfulness for the times of pain and disappointment
… and love for yourself and those about you...

… And pleased to shake the hand of God when your days have ended.


Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Ramblings, May your days be...©)

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Old 01-20-2007, 12:36 PM
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Being a Spouse and Parent©

Being a Spouse and Parent©



It seems we can prepare, by education or otherwise, for most in life, but for the most important jobs of being a good spouse and parent, we are least prepared and rely upon much on the job training and trial and error....

in those instances, we can do but the best job we can do.....


...of these things.....the most important to remember:


it’s not the destination, but the journey, that is most important....


...making the most, the best, of each and every possible moment spent with those we love.....


....no scream is louder than a spirit in agony.....


....no whisper is more silent than a prayer of gratitude...


.......it has taken me a lifetime to realize these things..




Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Being a Spouse and Parent©)
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:40 PM
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Before all else.............©

Before all else.............©

Before all else, as a Christian, I believe in God...............

A few years ago, a Muslim friend inquired of my faith, as a Christian, what was it I believed... here is what I wrote...I learned much about myself and my spirituality through writing the reply.....

"Before all else, as a Christian, I believe in God, no matter by what name one chooses to call him.

Yes, I refer to myself as a Christian, since that is my background. I strongly believe in the principles lived and taught by Jesus the Christ, and am respectful of the pain, sacrifice and persecution suffered by Jesus the Man...

I am not a traditional Christian, in that I do not affiliate with any sect or denomination. That is by choice. I have experienced many of the Christian groups, but do not find my solace and exultation in organizations, buildings or the physical trappings, of any religious faith.

I am a simple man, as I speak directly to God each day, more as speaking with an older brother. In my prayers, I tell Him of my gratitude for all I receive, I admit my human frailties to Him and ask for His guidance in all things, I ask for little for myself, but to be in thought and purpose with His wishes, to help others in need, as I might. I beg His forgiveness, when I fall short of being the man He wishes me to be.

Through the years, I have been greatly blessed to meet and know people of many faiths and religions, I have become a better person, through learning from each of them, not from rigid dogma or ritual, but from the gentleness and honesty of their spirits, for it is not one religion or another that I find so important, it is spirituality. In my humble opinion and belief, it is in and through the spirit, we are one with our God and Creator and Provider. I think it is also true of our spiritual oneness with each other, no matter our religion or nationality. God is first, all other follows...."

Richard G. Shuster(from Rick's Random Ramblings, Before all else©)
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:46 PM
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Freedom 2006©

Freedom 2006©

Freedom©
Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free....
rgs Rick’s Random Ramblings 1999©

Freedom©
Freedom is perhaps best described, as the absence of fear....
rgs Rick's Random Ramblings 2000©

The Price of Freedom©
Freedom is never free...The cost is great, the reward is greater...
rgs Rick’s Random Ramblings 2001©


Freedom©
Without privacy, there is no freedom.
rgs Rick’s Random Ramblings 2002©

Freedom from Self©
Freedom from self is best attained, through service to others.
rgs Rick’s Random Ramblings 2003©

Freedom in the Spirit©
Freedom lives eternally in the spirit of man, for man receives his spirit from God and God is the Creator of all freedom.
rgs Rick’s Random Ramblings 2004©


Freedom Is Not Ours, to Take©
Freedom is not ours, to take from another, Freedom is ours, to freely give to another
rgs Rick’s Random Ramblings 2005©


Freedom 2006©
To be free and stand strong for freedom is much different from being enslaved and begging for any freedom we can get.
Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Freedom 2006©


Freedom Isn’t Free©
Freedom Isn’t Free, It Never Was and Never Will Be.

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Freedom 2006©)



There is no peace without freedom©
There is no peace without freedom, for peace does not grow in the soil of despair.

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Freedom 2006©)
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:49 PM
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A Nurse Is More©

A Nurse Is More©


A Nurse is more, Why?
Though nobody, can say why, for sure,

Nurse's desire, for service, is pure.
Not for themselves, it has to be for others.

A life dedicated, to their sisters and their brothers.

A Nurse is more, How?
Through reserves, of strength, care and love,
Nurses take their lead, from the power above.
Above and beyond, their duty comes first.
Their patient's needs paramount, before even hunger and thirst.

A Nurse is more, When?
When we need them the most, at our times of ill,
Nurses come through, with their care and goodwill.
When we feel we can't go on, and wish, to give up the ghost.
That's when our Nurses, give it their most.

A Nurse is more, Where?
In the hospital, the battlefield, the clinic, school, home or hospice,
Nurses are there, in the ER, the OR, the workplace, and medical office.
Where we are, to go for our care, thankfully, we find Nurses there.
Aging, sick, fearful, weary, we turn to Nurses, and know they care.

A Nurse is more,
A Nurse is more, much more than all we've said, or all we can say,
other than, to acknowledge the Nurses, who so brighten our day.
In gratitude, we thank Nurses, their willingness to serve, we find so appealing,
bringing to us, their comfort, wisdom, compassion and healing.




Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, A Nurse Is More©)


Honor a NurseA Nurse is More© was written to honor all Nurses and Dedicated to Jeannine E. Shuster, R.N.

Permission is granted to reproduce this poem for any Nurses forum.
Nurse's Week and Nurse's Day are during May. If you know a Nurse, are related to a Nurse, or just would like to thank a Nurse, please send or give a copy of this poem.
rgsjesshuster@charter.net

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Old 01-20-2007, 12:56 PM
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Perspective©

Perspective©


Perspective, dear friend, is what is gravely lacking in our society,

Only with contrasts do we find the perspectives that put all else into proper focus.

Without loss, would gratitude for what we have be the same?

Without pain, how would we know joy?

Without grief, how would we know happiness?

Without evil, how would we recognize good?

Without challenge, how sweet would the victory be?


Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Perspective©)
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:58 PM
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Not Knowing©

Not Knowing©


Not knowing one's adversary is understandable


not knowing one's ally is unforgivable.....



Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Not Knowing©)
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Old 01-20-2007, 01:03 PM
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Emotions©)

Emotions©

It is good to find our emotions and use them freely, for emotions
are gifts.

Emotions may be best described as soul barometers.

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Emotions©)
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Old 01-20-2007, 01:06 PM
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Friends Are:©

Friends Are:©

Friends are wingless angels who stand guard for you but don’t hover over you.

2006 Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Friends Are:©)
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