A Blessing from the Past! Passed on…

I wrote these about ten years ago for my students in their Senior English Classes.  I wanted to give them some words of wisdom, (not that I’m always so wise, but I do try to “walk the walk”…. as they would often remind me and… not always in a pleasant tone… I’m laughing.) It was a troubled time they were to enter in the world waiting for them; life was seemingly uncertain.  The Tragedy of 9/11 had taken place at the beginning of the school year and our Nation was still healing.

We had a long discussion that one class about each of our personal beliefs and I explained that by putting those beliefs into a saying… they could become a Mantra.  Even better, if each student actually practiced what he/she had written, then they would become attainable goals.

I hear from previous students from time to time.  They always ask if I am “still teaching.” Today, I received these back, via email, from a former student who mentioned that he has carried them in his wallet for over a decade, my Mantras, … in addition to the ones of his own that he had written that day in my class. It amazed me.

His father had perished in one of the World Trade Center Towers.  He said that reciting these each morning helped give him clarity and healing for many years and thanked me.  I wept as I read his letter.

He knows that I am a Christian.  He is a Muslim.  It seems appropriate this time of year, that I share these with all of you.

Blessings and Love,Sue


From Ms. B to her students…with LOVE (2002)


If you can imagine it …you can create it.

If you can dream it…you can become it.

When making your choices in life, do not neglect to live.

Life is a cup to be filled not drained.

What we need are more people who

specialize in the impossible.

Luck is merely when opportunity knocks

 and… you choose

 to answer.


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler too.



Expect your every need to be met

Expect the answer to every problem

Expect abundance on every level

Expect to grow spiritually…and



will become reality.


Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize.

Your words are the greatest power you have.

The words you choose and then use, establish the life you experience.


Energy creates energy.

It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.  Always give more than you ever expect to receive.

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life of which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected.

 The future belongs to those who believe in the power of their dreams.

Dreams come true; without that possibility, God and nature would not incite us to have them. 




When Were We Ever Told… Life is Easy?

Everyday Setbacks and Frustrations?  They are the part of life… when we learn what we’re made of and what we need to change.

      Sometimes, we think we are making progress on a personal, professional, or social situation… only to suffer a setback. Although the events of the setback seem almost tragic at the time, they are merely bumps in the road to our “perfected self.” Afterall, we are only passing through Earth on our way to Eternity.
     This thought gives me the courage to plod on… following my own path. Someone might intentionally be negative or hurtful to us. Maybe we are demoted at work or even lose employment. Sometimes, a loved one tells us that they no longer are “in love” with us… or even worse… have betrayed us with infidelity. And how often have we all had to actually hear things about ourselves that we knew to be false? How do we react; how do we deal? It is not always easy, but I try to take the higher road.
      This does not mean that you don’t react at all… and just walk away without efforts to understand or correct the situation at the time. However, it must be done with Honor and with Integrity. Do not retaliate with nasty words or hasty deeds. It brings nothing if not more hurt. Ultimately, the opposer will forget the incident and you will carry the burden of guilt in how poorly you handled the test/challenge as it was presented to you by God.
     What helps me with negative situations is to ask myself: “Is this the worst thing that has ever happened to me?” “When I’m done here with my time on Earth… how much will this test/challenge mean?” “Does this define who I am as a person?” Or in the past few years, ” Does this take away from what I’ve already accomplished?”  The answer is always… no.
     Even the most heartfelt attempts to correct a wrong are not always successful. That makes me see things more clearly. Life isn’t meant to be easy.