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From the newly published translation of Elena Poniatowska's book, "Here's to You, Jesusa!", a story of a poor Mexican woman's travels through life.  Jesusa, who's had an extremely difficult journey practically from birth in the early 1900's, and has thrived and survived by grit and insistence, states:  "Ah, crying is one thing, but sadness is something else!  It's bad, worthless, it doesn't matter to anyone but you."  Or, as I tell my granddaughter from time to time, "Get over it!", an adage I wish someone had repeated to me a number of times in the first 30 years of my own life.

Never be bullied into silence.  Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.      --Harvey Fierstein

Life got you down?  Or need a lift to your spirits?  Try these Natural Highs, forwarded by Fuller Rep Linda Mann.

Read Some of Life's Lessons contributed by Tara.

On a Positive Note...

"Be of good cheer.  Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.  You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles."   -- Helen Keller

What is love?  Here's some surprising answers from children.

Who are the most important people in the world?  Take this pop quiz.  

Never part without loving words to think of during your absence.  It may be that you will not meet again in this life.    --Jean Paul Richter

"Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known."     --Garrison Keillor

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots.  The other is wings. --Hodding Carter, II

What can you do to promote world peace?  Go home and love your family.  --Mother Teresa

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.  --Buddha

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
  --Muhammad Ali

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