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We go on to discover new frontiers
Moving on with the current of the years.
We go on
Moving forward now as one
Moving on with a spirit born to run
Ever on with each rising sun.
To a new day, we go on.

It's time to move on and move forward.

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This has been a personal project to blog every day for a school year on goals and dreams. My hope was that I could find a group of people to work with me.

I was lucky enough to find a small, but sincere group of inspirational people to keep me company. We've been using Walt Disney's philosophies or creations as inspiration.

I am no longer blogging daily, but I am notified if comments are posted, and I'll be happy to keep the discussion going!




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A blog can be like a message in a bottle.

Posted 11-01-2009 at 12:33 PM by Sandra Bostwick
Updated 11-01-2009 at 12:36 PM by Sandra Bostwick
Somehow, I can't believe that there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.
Walt Disney


I am two tenths of the way through my goal to blog every day for a school year. Last month at milestone marker time, I felt relief. I wasn't particularly seeing how anything I wrote could inspire, motivate, comfort, or otherwise spark anything other than the obvious question of who does this person think she is and why doesn't she just give up and stop this nonsense?

At the one month point, to be honest, I had not hit my stride and I couldn't particularly see the point of deciding to do something silly like this. I saw myself plodding along blogging to myself and getting noplace.

I wonder if all bloggers feel just a little bit self-conscious, especially a little unknown blogger. Oh, the dread of looking like the person who gives a party and no one shows!

But, all you potential little unknown bloggers, don't let that stop you.

I'm so excited to see that Todd has branched out and started his own blog. Check it out! Way to get out there, Todd!


This month I see a few more readers, a few projects that are showing progress, and I thought to myself...hmmmmmmmmmmmm...I'm starting to believe in this.

I'm still quite often blogging to myself, but, maybe blogging is a little like setting a message in a bottle out to sea. You might never know where it went, or if it will ever read but, maybe, just maybe, on the perfect day, that message will mean something to the right person.

Several people who've started with a project, have had difficulties and I am very happy that this place was a safe place for sharing. Please don't feel that you are valuable only if your project makes progress.

Anyway, I thought of Walt's quote as I thought that I am starting to believe in this concept, somehow.

The internet gives us the option of leaving almost limitless messages, like notes in a bottle ,out in the world. Wouldn't it be great if, after reading this entry, you randomly left something that might inspire, comfort, of lift someone's spirits someplace? Maybe you can write down a not of encouragement or a joke and leave it someplace in real time for those who don't frequent the internet?

Maybe if there is someone who could use a little nod of encouragement, a little human regard, or something like that, you can reach out? A quick phone call? A card?

Or, if you want to be REALLY brave, you know that person at work or in your social group who no one ever speaks to? You know, the one who, if you are nice to them, you are breaking some sort of rule? Just say "Hi."

I don't know, and I'm moving rapidly into rambling again, so I'll sum it up.

I believe in that great feeling that happens when people connect, and I want to thank each and every PassPorter who has brought that feeling to me in so many ways.
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    As I type this my husband is in the den putting up a new doggie door. This was the very first thing that had to be accomplished before we could move ahead with the den remodeling, YAY
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    As I type this my husband is in the den putting up a new doggie door. This was the very first thing that had to be accomplished before we could move ahead with the den remodeling, YAY

    Posted Today at 02:33 PM by GoofEme
    Isn't progress exciting? There is nothing like the feeling of seeing something you want get closer.
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    Yeah, for getting the doggie door done!!! You're on your way!!!
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    I am feeling very frustrated with my progress.

    Everything I do just feels so small with what

    I need.

    Sorry but I must be honest.
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    Scott said:

    I am feeling very frustrated with my progress.

    Everything I do just feels so small with what

    I need.

    Sorry but I must be honest.

    Posted Today at 10:38 AM by scottjs

    Of course it is OK. Only honesty here! I think it is really awful to pretend you are OK when you are not!

    You can help me with something I am trying out. I'm trying to see if I can get people (all two people who read this) to post certain topics according to the blog entry. This way, someone might always have something that clicks with where they are, even if it is not the one I wrote that day. So, try clicking on the links below and complain away! I can keep track of what is going on. And, yes, I am making this up as I go.

    try_over_here or here at_this_one. I'll follow you!
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    Hi Scott, What is it, that makes what you want less important than what you need? I don't want to offend or overstep, but I think that you deserve to enjoy things that you want as much as the things that you need... Of course, we need - the basics - food, clothing, shelter - love.... Sometimes, most times, actually, our wants can help motivate us to accomplish the things to get us our needs... A lot of people use their "wants" as a reward system which can lead to feeling bad as we don't think we deserve these things, as oppose to seeing our wants as just that - something or someone (LOL) we want...to have for enjoyment... Having a balance of both makes us better, more content people .... And sometimes, we do end up "working" harder for the things we want, taking away time/energy that could be used for the things that we do need... Is that where your struggle/frustration lies??
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    Scott, here is my little message in a bottle for you:

    You and Mary are going to have SO much fun meeting PassPorters in Disney when you find the way to make that happen.
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