Day 1155: Winnings

While I didn’t win a chance to advance in the tryouts for “The Voice” last weekend, I did win lots of other things during my winter vacation, including:

  • Precious time spent with my long-time and true-blue  friends Jeanette, Hillel, and Barbara.
  • An amazing necklace.

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  • Lots of new images captured on my iPhone, including these from yesterday:

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That last winning photo shows my winning cat Oscar watching people winning  Oscars, last night.

What else did I win, during my winter vacation?  At the American Group Psychotherapy Association yearly conference,  I heard a new and winning definition of forgiveness. And while my winning memory can’t remember that new definition of forgiveness right now, I’m going to write the winning person who quoted it, so I can pass that winning definition on to you in a future winning post.

In the meantime, my online winnings today included these other winning definitions of forgiveness:

“Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.”  — Robert Brault

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” — Paul Boese

“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive.  Forgive everybody.” — Maya Angelou

“Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behavior.  Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart.” —  Hemant Smarty

“Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness but because you deserve peace.”  — Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“Relationships don’t thrive because the guilty are punished, but because the wounded are merciful.”  — Max Lucado

“There is no love without forgiveness and there is no forgiveness without love.”  — Bryant M. McGill

“Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” — Norman Cousins

What other winnings are mine, today?

  1. Returning to a job I love and
  2. your presence, here and now.

Winning thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and special thanks to you  — of course! — for visiting.

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28 thoughts on “Day 1155: Winnings

  1. It really was a winning week Ann! May this winning streak continue to infinity and beyond 💛

  2. What lovely quotes 🙂

  3. I have a friend who auditioned, she was a little dismayed by the process. Trusts God in the outcome. She’s a winner too!

  4. I love those forgiveness quotes and look forward to the one you are tracking down.

    Did you meet the Pecsn Man? Was he a little nuts? 🙂

  5. There are lots of winning ideas here but “Life is an adventure in forgiveness” is the quote that’s won me over this morning. I’ve always thought of life as an adventure and separately thought of forgiveness as an important part of life but never have the twain met in my mind.
    To consider forgiveness as an adventure in itself is to make it fun–and what’s the point of any adventure if it’s not fun?

  6. I always feel like I’ve won the lottery when I come here and see your photos and read your words and am reminded to get my winning attitude on!

    Off to live my day as a winner!

    thanks! 🙂

  7. I think your readers would be winners if you would post a video of you singing…

  8. Dreaming is such winning situation!

  9. Love those quotes!

  10. Great quotes about forgiveness. I love them all. People who can’t forgive eventually become bitter and almost impossible to live with.

  11. Great necklace (hope it doesn’t weigh you down) and excellent quotes

  12. I like your cat and I think people who never forgive are destined to end up very sad.

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