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"Fill your mind with light, happiness, hope, feelings of security and strength, and soon your life will reflect these qualities." ~Unknown

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"The Greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance!" ~Brian Tracy

All post and stories are the sole property of Velvet Over Steel aka Coreen Trost. I write and create post in order to help others, so share as you want. I just ask that you link back or give VOS credit. Some of the stories are going into a book in progress. Thank You ALL.. for your support and help!!
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." ~ John Quincy Adams

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Asperger's: Autism Spectrum Awareness

"These children often show a surprising sensitivity to the personality of the teacher.  They can be taught... but only by those who give them true understanding and affection, people who show kindness towards them  and yes, even humor.  The teacher's underlying attitude influences, involuntarily and unconsciously, the mood and behavior of the child." ~Hans Asperger, 1944

"Autism is not a disease.   It is integral to their identity.  when people say they want a 'cure' to autism, they essentially want to eliminate who they are.  It is a challenge, but certainly not a devastating one.

"I believe they have substantial potential to thrive if only their spirits, talents, and self-esteem were not destroyed by being forced to be "normal". ~Matthew Hafenbrack
"If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." ~Albert Einstein

"Autism to me, says that I accept my child wholly.  I celebrate his differences and his quirkiness.  I advocate diversity.  I try to empower him.  I am proud of his successes, not matter how small they seem.  I hope he holds onto the compassion he has in his heart into adulthood.  I do not think he needs "fixing".  I am proud that he is my son, and sometimes I am humbled by that very same thought." ~from the blog, Odd One Out

"Imagine a world where Aspergers was the norm, and non-autistics or neurotypicals were the minority.  Let's try it: Those who feel the need to constantly be with a variety of friends are considered fickle.  Those with no propensity for computers and science are called geeks.  Those with no special interest are thought to be ungrounded and lost.  Those without obsessive focus have to take classes to cultivate it." ~from the blog, Aspergirls
"Nobel prize-calibre geniuses often have certain core autistic features at their heart." ~Allan Snyder, director of Sydney University's Centre for the Mind.
"The difference between high-functioning and low-functioning is that high-functioning means your deficits are ignored, and low-functioning means your assets are ignored." ~Laura Tisoncik (from Circle of Mons blog)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Letting Go...

"You don't always need strength to let go of something.  Many times what you really need is understanding." ~Me
Many times we feel that letting go... is giving up.  Starting at birth, we grasp on to anything we can get our hands on, and hold on as if we will cease to exist if and when we let go.  
"There's an important difference between giving up and letting go." ~Jessica Hatchigan
Letting go doesn't mean giving up... it means moving on.  It is one of the hardest things a person can do.  But as we grow older we are forced to change our way of thinking.  We are forced to realize that letting go means accepting things that we have no control over.  It means maturing and moving on, now matter how hard you have to fight yourself to do so.

We need to let go of the need to tell others what we think or feel they should do.  In essence that's a way of trying to control others, even if our intentions our pour and our heart has good intentions.

We need to allow others to make their own way.   Experiencing all the phases needed in their lives to learn, grow and let go in their own way and in their own timing.

Pushing someone to let go before they are ready, allows emotions such as anger to linger and causes us to doubt ourselves and even have regret later on.  Going through the process of letting go brings understanding... and ultimately peace with our decisions.

When we let go of the past with love, as oppose to anger; it clears our spirit of ties to the past and makes way for new love to enter our lives.
"Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing.  There is time for silence.  A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny.   And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over." ~Gloria Naylor

Saturday, April 14, 2012

My random thoughts... just so you know ;-)

"Random thoughts are received with no context for it, no pre-conceived notions or bias." ~unknown

Just so you know... I've missed blogging
... it's hard to find the time anymore

Just so you know... I've missed 'you'
... my blogging friends most of all.

Just so you know... I'm very busy
... putting in lots of hours at my new job.

Just so you know... I like what I do
... except for the extra stress at times.

Just so you know... I've been dating again
... It's been interesting and fun.

Just so you know... he's very nice
... I really like the sweet attention.

Just so you know... the bar is raised
... because I know what I deserve.

Just so you know... I'm determined
... for my dreams to come true.

Just so you know... I'm very happy
... and moving forward with my life.

Just so you know... I'm trying hard
... to keep the past behind me.

Just so you know... caring then
... felt like the right thing to do.

Just so you know... I see
...the lessons in everything.

Just so you know... I cared
... for all the right reasons.

Just so you know... I still pray
... for us both to find true love.
“I don't pretend to know what love is for everyone, but I can tell you what it is for me; love is knowing all about someone, and still wanting to be with them more than any other person.  Love is trusting them enough to tell them everything about yourself, including the things you might be ashamed of, love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone, but still getting weak knees when they walk into a room and smile at you.”  ~unknown

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Half Full Friday!!

“It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” ~L.M. Montgomery
Half Full Friday is a series of weekly posts that Eye Girl originally started in June 2009.  Now the it is hosted by Sprinkles at Wyldechylde.  We believe that a lot of our happiness is determined by our attitude about the things that happen to us. So by participating, we are deciding to see the glass as half full, instead of half empty. We are choosing to concentrate on the positives, instead of dwelling on the negatives. Our Half Full Friday posts are a way to do just that. They are a list of the things in our life that have brought us happiness over the past week. We are determined to find the something good in every day. Are you?
"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters." ~Audrey Hepburn
For the next week, we challenge you to keep a list of at least one thing that brought you happiness each day. This week I'm especially Happy and Thankful for:
  • an Amazing week!  
  • a 3 day weekend!
  • the Zoo with my niece and nephew! 
  • A.F. Blue! ;-)
  • tickets to the game on Sunday!
  • awesome communication!
  • beautiful weather!!
  • new friendships! ;-)
“Happiness is not ready made.  It comes from your own actions.”~Dalai Lama XIV

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.” ~Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love
Happy Easter, Everyone!!
Blessings and Hugs,
~ Coreen XO
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