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message 1: by Ilyn (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Dear Friends,

How are you?

Please share book/movie scenes or real-life events that gave you either one of the folowing:

* Ideas to ponder
* Courage or drive to go forward
* Conviction to think and act
* Profound sense of well being
* Quiet rapture

Wishing you all the best,


message 2: by Ilyn (last edited Jul 24, 2008 12:24AM) (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
1. These give me all of the above:

Please see links # 6 & 7 at

2. Victor Hugo's Bishop Myriel in Les Misérables has made me a better person:

After years of imprisonment for stealing bread for his starving sister, the peasant Jean Valjean is released. Rejected by innkeepers who do not want to take in a convict, Valjean sleeps on the street. He finds Bishop Myriel who feeds and gives him a bed. In the night, Valjean steals the bishop’s silverware and runs. He is caught, but the bishop rescues him by claiming that the silver was a gift, and then gives him two precious candlesticks as well.

Alone, benevolent Bishop Myriel tells Valjean:

"Jean Valjean, my brother: you belong no longer to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I am buying for you. I withdraw it from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God!"

message 3: by Ilyn (last edited Jul 21, 2008 09:27AM) (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Movie: Kingdom of Heaven

Knight's oath (partly):

"... Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Always speak the truth even if it leads to your death..."


Quote from Noli Me Tangere: “It’s not criminals who provoke great hatred, it’s honest men.”

message 4: by Ilyn (last edited Jul 22, 2008 07:26AM) (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Dear Deb,

I read every word - thank you so much for sharing. I pray doctors would find a cure for cancer/malignant-diseases/pervasive-disorders soon.

Pastor John Phelps must be very happy you wrote this down. He lives with God and in our minds.

I am a bit under the weather, but it feels good to e-talk.

Take care.

Tim (Mole) The Gunslinger (Mole) | 6 comments I hope ur feeling better Ilyn! I just lost my mother in may and her strength in fighting all of her medical problems gives me strentgh and i could never have done it without our Lord,but i know my mother is reunited with my sis and smiling down on me right now and i have to stay strong because i sill have a wonderful wife and loving thankfully healthy father!

Tim (Mole) The Gunslinger (Mole) | 6 comments Oh almost forgot i found the book K-PAX AND I Read it in one day it was a very touching book and I know this sounds crazy but i think i was guided to it somehow it is very strange considering the books meaning is what i do for a living taking care if the mentally ill,and i found it in a truckstop 3 hours from my home! it gave me a very uplifting feeling when i read it

message 7: by Ilyn (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
I'm much better, thank you, Tim.

Stay strong and happy. Hello to your wife and Father.

* * *

From Reason Reigns (scene: Ron was 11; his parents were thought to have met an accident; their bodies could not be found):

After the ceremony, Ron joined fifteen-year-old Josephine Schwartz, eight-year-old Alisa Connor, and other children. They were having fun playing when Josef’s mother whispered to Ron, “My child, you should be in mourning.”

“I have to be happy,” Ron replied. “Father and Mother will be lonely in heaven if they see me sad.” But in his soul, the eleven-year-old was in the depths of sorrow. Often, he had to tell himself, “Mother and Father see me. They know my thoughts. Mother, Father, stay with me. I need you… I will not cry nor be lonely. I will be happy!”

Ron regarded his grandparents who had tears in their eyes. He said solemnly, “Father held dear that suffering is not a value, and that happiness is the aim of one’s existence.” He joined and played with the other children.

Ali and Frank looked at the boy with pride.

message 8: by Ilyn (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
I'll check out K-PAX AND I. Thanks.

message 9: by Jason (new)

Jason Williams (aworldinfinite) I will come back and respond to the stories posted above later, right now I don't have time. But to answer your question, I wrote a blog post about a Law and Order episode that made me think.

message 10: by Catamorandi (new)

Catamorandi (wwwgoodreadscomprofilerandi) I will have to read K-PAX and I also. I am mentally ill. I get paranoid a lot. I think that people want to get me evicted, take away my cat, want to rape me and kill me, etc. I have been scared to go out of my apartment in case they (neighbors) are waiting outside to kill me. I finally started getting the nerve to get out. It was a huge step for me. Now, I can sometimes reality check myself out of the paranoia, but not always. At least I am fighting the fear off and on, which I could never do before. I am forcing myself to do what I want. I do still stay up all night to make sure they don't come in occasionally, but it has gone way down. I used to do it every other night. Now it is more like once every two weeks. Again, this is a huge step for me. I am getting better and better about my paranoia all the time.

message 11: by Ilyn (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Hello Jason,

I read your blog about "Inconceivable". I look forward to your next visit, to reading "what you think".

I will write about "selfishness" later.

Take care. Be happy.

Tim (Mole) The Gunslinger (Mole) | 6 comments i apologize if u misunderstood the title name its just K-pax! i hope you enjoy it and catamorandi im happy you've found something that helps with your illness its a tough thing to deal with and whats harder is people not undestanding your problem,i give you my best wishes and mt prayers are with you just stay strong!!!

message 13: by Ilyn (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Dear Cat,

Kudos, dear friend. You are doing a courageous, beautiful thing: battling your fears and bravely doing what you want.

I echo Tim: our best wishes and prayers are with you.

Tight hugs,


message 14: by Catamorandi (new)

Catamorandi (wwwgoodreadscomprofilerandi) Thank you Tim and Ilyn. It is nice to know that there are people who understand. I am going to take this experience and apply it to other fears and other problems and fight my way through them. I figure if I keep doing that, I will start to actually like myself.

message 15: by Ilyn (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
I admire you, Cat, for your courage. I salute you for this sentence: "I am going to take this experience and apply it to other fears and other problems and fight my way through them." It takes a good person to say this.

Loving oneself is fundamental. It is the key to happiness and to everything good.

In Reason Reigns: Self-love is the hallmark of a good person.

* * *


What about writing a novel about the courage you are displaying now?

About wanting to fight and survive despite overwhelming odds?

About great doctors and people like Tim.

How do you envision the ending?

* * *

Hope you would check out this topic:

For Fiction Writers (aspiring, new, or accomplished)

message 16: by Ilyn (last edited Jul 27, 2008 06:58AM) (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
This poem has given me courage to pursue challenging goals:


If you think you are beaten, you are

If you think you dare not, you don’t

If you like to win, but think you can’t

It’s almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost

For out of the world we find

Success begins with a fellow’s will

It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are

You’ve got to think high to rise

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man

But soon or late the person who wins

Is the one who thinks “I can.”

— Walter D. Wintle

* * *

"If I were to speak your kind of language, I would say that man's only moral commandment is: Thou shalt think. But a "moral commandment" is a contradiction in terms. The moral is the chosen, not the forced; the understood, not the obeyed. The moral is the rational, and reason accepts no commandments."

- Atlas Shrugged

message 17: by Catamorandi (new)

Catamorandi (wwwgoodreadscomprofilerandi) Where would I find the topic For Fiction Writers?

message 18: by Catamorandi (new)

Catamorandi (wwwgoodreadscomprofilerandi) I have decided that right or wrong, good or bad, I am going to overcome my fear of failing at my love, writing. I am going to take the plunge and write a novel based on my experiences. Thank you so much for the idea, Ilyn. I think that having it be something close to me is alleviating the fear a little bit.

message 19: by Ilyn (last edited Jul 26, 2008 06:37PM) (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
In this same group, Cat. Just display all the topics.

Best wishes.

message 20: by Catamorandi (new)

Catamorandi (wwwgoodreadscomprofilerandi) 1. Horrible sexual and physical abuse
2. Horrible verbal, mental, and emotional abuse, both as child
3. Hurting self
4. Hallucinations
5. Delusions
6. Paranoia
7. Chameleon
8. Schizoaffective Disorder - Bipolar Type
9. Borderline Personality Disorder
10. PTSD
11. Afraid of shadow
12. Negative
13. Hatred of self
14. Hide under fear so no one expects you to win, including you
15. Start to face fears
16. Helps people
17. Plunging ahead with life
18. Doing what always wanted to do - write
19. Through facing fears, going to specialists, and writing; wins the race against mental illness
20. Full recovery
21. Positivity and love of self
22. Specialists
23. Extreme hatred of Father and unable to let it go
24. Joy over death of Father

These are not necessarily in order. I just wanted to make sure I got them all written down.

Tim (Mole) The Gunslinger (Mole) | 6 comments I think that is a wonderful and nothing is more cleansing than writing and dont be afraid to try you can only fail if you dont try!Good Luck Cat YOU CAN DO IT!!!

message 22: by Catamorandi (new)

Catamorandi (wwwgoodreadscomprofilerandi)
Can I or Can't I?

All of my life I have
been a negative creature,
the one with the half-empty glass.

Any time I want to do anything,
I almost always fail. You see
I bring on this total incompetence
by saying I can't, so I don't.

I have regularly accused Papa
for my misfortune with money
he made it flow from a money jar
into my hands when I wanted it.

When he died, I went into a
financial breakdown. I wound
up in a psychiatric establishment,
because I was stressed about money.
I told myself I couldn't
handle my finances, and I didn't.

I have a hard time dealing
with life and my fears.
I don't understand why I always
end up so dissatisfied with life.
It's something I have to live with.

I've once again readied
myself for collapse. I say I
can't manage my horrors,
which happened to worsen my fears.

I set myself up for ruin
every time that I say I can't,
because when I say that,
I almost never do.

All of a sudden
I understood what
everyone tried to tell me.
If I can't, I won't, but
if I can, I will.
It's just that simple.

Now everyone is telling me
it's not that uncomplicated.
Every time you say can, you might not,
and every time you say can't, you may,
but the large majority of the time
can't means won't, and can means will.

In the long run,
if you want to succeed,
you can't be a pessimist.
In order to advance in life,
you must be an optimist.

I am now endeavoring to see
the cup as half-full, but
I am having difficulty,
because I never knew
to think that way.

But if I want to win the fight,
I have to think I can.
There is more than half a chance
that I will usually thrive.

"I think I can! I think I can!
I think I have a plan!"
I'll say I can with every breath
and assume that I am going to.

I CAN face my worst nightmares.
I CAN manage my finances.
I CAN handle my friends and family.
I CAN become the writer I have
always wanted to be.
I CAN recover from mental illness.

I am now facing my apparitions,
and I am succeeding.
I am now managing my money
and am right with the bank.
I am standing up for myself
on a regular basis.
I am writing poems and novels.
I am coming closer and closer
to recovering.

It does work! It really does!
All of those people were right.
I don't believe how long I
laid in misery
when all I had to do was fight.


message 23: by Catamorandi (new)

Catamorandi (wwwgoodreadscomprofilerandi) I am working on my outline for my novel. I will let you know when I have it.

message 24: by Ilyn (last edited Aug 16, 2008 04:12PM) (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Dear Cat,

I am so happy for you. The poem is optimistic and good!

I wish you the best with your novel.



message 25: by Ilyn (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States understood Washington's legacy. When asked to eulogize the first President, Lincoln replied:

Washington is the mightiest name on earth, long since mightiest in the cause of civil liberty; still mightiest in moral reformation. On that name, a eulogy is expected. It cannot be. To add brightness to the sun, or glory to the name of Washington, is alike impossible. Let none attempt it. In solemn awe pronounce the name, and in its naked deathless splendor, leave it shining on.

message 26: by Ilyn (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
From Wikipedia:

Benjamin Franklin's inventions also included social innovations, such as paying forward.

The expression "pay it forward" is used to describe the concept of third party beneficiary in which a creditor who offers the debtor the option of "paying" the debt forward by lending it to a third person instead of paying it back to the original creditor. Debt and payments can be monetary or by good deeds.

The concept was described by Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Benjamin Webb dated April 22, 1784:

"I do not pretend to give such a Sum; I only lend it to you. When you [...] meet with another honest Man in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to discharge the Debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I hope it may thus go thro' many hands, before it meets with a Knave that will stop its Progress. This is a trick of mine for doing a deal of good with a little money."

message 27: by Lucille (new)

Lucille (surfgirl) | 23 comments The movie Dead Poet's Society is my "coming of age" movie. I saw it when I was 11 years and I've seen it 100 times already to the point of memorizing their lines already. It made me start to read and write. It also made me bold in speaking my views on things. I just like that movie extremely :)

message 28: by Henrik (new)

Henrik Lucille,

Dead Poets Society is a favourite of mine as well. It has certainly been an inspiration in my life:-)

message 29: by Ilyn (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
The Melting Pot Bubbles with Innovative Business Ideas

message 30: by Ilyn (new)

Ilyn Ross (ilyn_ross) | 1071 comments Mod
Flights of Mind, Brought to Life

“The Last Supper,” “Mechanical Lion” and “Robot Soldier” at the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci’s Workshop” at Discovery Times Square Exposition


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