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I must admit, I am a Summer and Winter Olympics junkie, but I am not as in on the World Cup action. I’ve checked out the scores on ESPN.com and watched a quick recap of the United States vs. England yesterday, but I haven’t made an effort to sit and watch any of the games. I loved the World Cup as a kid, because I played select soccer for many years (shout out to the Roanoke Stars!), but it’s just not my thing anymore. However, I am a big fan of huge sporting events, like the World Cup, that come around every four years, because I think they help unite people within nations and bring them together for a common cause. There is so much turmoil and fighting within countries and between countries that we often forget we are part of something bigger; we are all part of one world. The World cup reminds us that we can put aside our differences and unite for a common goal (“goal” soccer pun very much intended ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Furthermore, athletic events can help boost morale; and for many people, it is a chance to put all of life’s stresses on the back-burner and focus on supporting your country and the wonderful, vibrant, diverse world we all inhabit.

So try and get in on the action in your own way, and even if a global soccer tournament doesn’t strike your fancy, be aware how important events like the World Cup are to lots of people and lots of countries. At the very least, throw your support behind your own country or another country that inspires you. I mean, even this sweet little kitten is showing its World Cup support (and its attempted soccer skills!). Check out this picture and be prepared for your heart to melt ๐Ÿ™‚ The World Cup unites nations, persons, players…and even animals.

GO USA!!! (Image obtained from http://www.gambling911.com/)

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Check out these adorable (and lesson-inducing) videos of two creatures who are supposed to despise each other – cats and dogs – not only getting along, but loving each other. If cats and dogs can get past their differences and co-exist in love, can’t democrats and republicans, Palestine and Israel, oil and water, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner…and you and your enemy?

When you’re feeling mad and frustrated with someone who has wronged you, be the bigger and better person and relinquish your hatred as hard as it may be to do. The act of forgiveness takes courage and only those persons truly at peace with themselves will take the risk and shake hands with their enemies. As Gandhi said, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

Think about it – what has hatred done for you lately? Personally, hatred has done a lot for me over the years including tearing my soul to shreds, inducing tears, and closing off my heart to others. Like we should with all enemies, I am going to chose to shake hands with my hatred (an enemy of us all!), tell him I forgive him for occupying my mind for so long, and in as kind a voice as possible – tell him to “take a hike!”

So here and now, I declare that I fully forgive those persons who have wronged me in the past, and I hope that those I have wronged will forgive me as well. I also forgive myself for holding on to hatred for so long – for I’m ready to set it free and start anew! It’s time for us to all come to terms with our mistakes and the mistakes of others and to refurbish ourselves as whole entities full of grace, acceptance, and love. Open your heart to yourself first, then open it to all those around you – remember, if dogs and cats can learn to love each other, anyone can! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Meet Moses, the “divine” bovine that has stirred up all kinds of talk in the small town of Sterling, Connecticut. Notice anything unique about him???

No, it’s not that his ears are different sizes. Guess again.

What? Are you kidding me? His eyes aren’t any further apart than most other calves. Look a little closer this time…maybe this angle will help:

Yup – you finally got it! Moses proudly displays a white cross on his head signifying that he may, in fact, be a cow sent from Heaven! Moses, the son of Fuzzy and Ferdinand, who have reputations on Brad Davis’ and Megan Johnson’s Buttercup Farm as being exceptionally friendly animals, may quite possibly be the first divine cow on the planet. Davis’ 70 year-old father, Andrew Gallup Davis, says he’s never seen a pattern like the one on Moses on any of the thousand of calves he’s encountered in his lifetime. “It’s not one you look at and you try to make something out of it,” he said. It’s pronounced.” Brad Davis believes the unique marking on the baby calf may be a message from God but he isn’t quite sure what the message may be. Nonetheless, both Davis and Johnson ensuredย  Moses’ followers that that the calf will live a long, happy life and will not be eaten. I concur. This is one cow that actually may be too “divine” to eat (Yes, pun very much intended).

So what are your thoughts? Do you think Moses, with his special birthmark, is a sign from God? Whatever your sentiments are on this cute, little creature, I think Moses is here to remind us that we can find inspiration in the smallest of places. We just have to open our eyes, ears, and hearts to all the inspiration that surrounds us, waiting to be discovered. So…put yourself out there, and get a “MOO”ve on finding your next bit of inspiration! (Yes, once again, the insertion of this pun was definitely on purpose… ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

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“If you’re alone, I’ll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I’ll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I’ll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I’ll be your smile. But anytime you need a friend, I’ll just be me.” ~Author Unknown

Cat and Dog Friends

Such a sweet pair of friends!

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It feels so wonderful to be in love, to be loved, and to love someone. And what’s so great about love is that it comes in so many shapes, sizes, and forms, and … it’s infinite! Sometimes we forget that the definition of “love” doesn’t just involve romantic love – it’s comprised of loving friends, family, pets, neighbors, God, etc. and being loved by them in return. Never forget that you are always loved, and make sure to let those persons in your life know they are always loved as well. Spread love as often as you can and soak in all the love you receive in return, because allowing yourself to really give love and opening yourself up to receive love is the greatest gift you can give yourself.Pink Heart

“True love stories never have endings.” ~Richard Bach

Snail Love“Love is the greatest refreshment in life.” ~Pablo Picasso

Cookies Love Milk

“Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.” ~Author Unknown

Peas and Carrots

“Love does not care to define and is never in a hurry to do so. ~Charles du Bos

PB&J Love

“Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.” ~Zelda Fitzgerald

Salt and Pepper Love

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Self-discovery

“Never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be.” ~Robert Brault

Cat Sees Lion in Himself

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Tracy Raver may just have the best job ever. Raver is a photographer whose specialization is photographing sleeping newborns around two weeks old. According to Raver, she is able to capture the babies napping by keeping her studio warm and cozy and making sure they are well-fed before the shoot. She recently shared many of her masterpieces with the Today’s Show, so I am spreading the love by sharing them with you. I can’t think of anything cuter and sweeter than these little newborn’s faces. When you are feeling down-and-out and a little blue, look at these uplifting photos to remind you how special and extraordinary the gift of life is. The contentment and innocence exuding from these images is enough to make anyone feel truly blessed. Below are some of the absolutely adorable “Kodak moments” Raver has captured:

Baby with Red Hat

Two Sleeping Babies

Baby in Black and White

Baby with Pink Hat

Baby in White Hat

For more cutie-pie images, check out Tracy Raver’s website.

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