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Q-Tip 9/29/20

Happy Tuesday my dear friends,

This year has brought so much craziness, but thankfully we are heading into the last quarter of 2020 and can only have faith and hope the new year of 2021 will bring more happiness, joy and especially love. Love is a very strong emotion. Do not hesitate to share it. Many times the words are not necessary as the other person knows without a doubt they are loved. But it can’t hurt to express it, sometimes someone just needs to hear it.  There are many kinds of love. The love of a parent is different than the love you have for a spouse or a friend, but nevertheless, it is a feel good part of our lives that is necessary to help us grow toward being that better person we were made to be.I believe life would not have worth without love in our hearts.  How wonderful to be able to love others as well as to be loved in return.
“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” (Maya Angelou)
It’s easy to fall in love, harder simply to love. When we fall in love, we desire love in return. When we simply love, we give ourselves freely. We become our best selves when we love in this way.While there is much we might hope to accomplish in our lifetime, to love, and love well, should top the list.
I want not only to be in love, but to love. (Linda Picone)

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. (Aristotle)

It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.(Henry Rollins)

It is a good thing to be rich and a good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be loved by many friends. (Euripides)

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. (Voltaire)

Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all. (Alfred Lord Tennyson)

Have a wonderful week,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 6/15/20

Happy Monday my friends,

Time is flying as usual, here we are half way through the month of June and although it seems many states are moving towards their next phases of re-opening there still seems to be many issues, safety concerns, and people are just getting weary of it all. Today I have chosen various quotes with different messages to help us all focus on staying positive, inspired and encouraged.

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Someday is not a day of the week. (Denise Brennan-Nelson)

Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. (Arthur Christopher Benson)

People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. (Rob Siltanen)

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. (Dalai Lama)

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and they day you find out why. (Mark Twain)

Don’t think of it as failure. Think of it as time-released success. (Robert Orben)

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it. (Charles Buxton)

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

One man with courage is a majority. (Thomas Jefferson)


Wishing everyone a wonderful week,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 6/8/20

Happy Monday my friends,


Throughout our lives we all have probably been challenged to take a leap of faith and try something new. We go through our day, almost mechanically, with our same routines. But in order to grow and possibly help make this world a better place, we need to take that step and give it the best we have. It may be a bit uncomfortable or even cause some anxiety but you will never know how much more capable of things you are unless you take that leap.
“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” (Henry Miller)
Our experience helps us make wise choices, and making wiser choices allows us to take fewer risks. But we stagnate unless we take an occasional leap in the dark-without planning for it, without analyzing it in advance. We don’t know exactly where we’re going to land. We just know we have to reach out, take a chance and see what happens.
I’m generally cautious, and that’s a good thing. But I recognize that sometimes I just have to go ahead and try something new. Even if things don’t go well, I will have learned something important from taking the chance. (Linda Picone)
Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. (Sam Walton)
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.(T.S. Eliot)
If you could hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something. (Carl Sandburg)
There is no such thing as failure. You either succeed or learn.(Kevin Kruse)
Wishing everyone a wonderful week,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 6/1/20

Happy Monday My Friends,


Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. With all that is going on in today’s world and all the unrest that developed this weekend across the U.S. we need more than ever some powerful words of encouragement, positivity and something to uplift our spirits.
Having a rough day? Place your hand on your heart. Feel that? That’s called purpose. You’re alive for a reason! Don’t give up!!! (Incredible Recipes)
Before you argue with someone, ask yourself, is that person even mentally mature enough to grasp the concept of different perspectives? Because if not, there’s absolutely no point. (Tiny Buddha)
An arrow can only be shot by pulling backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So, FOCUS and KEEP AIMING. (Positive & Inspirational Quotes)
KINDNESS: is an act of love that has the ability to shift humility one heart at a time; and kindness and love is what the world needs right now. (Inspired Positive Life)
When you look at a field of dandelions, you can see a hundred weeds, or a thousand wishes. (Two Women and a Hoe)
Never regret a day in your life. Good days give happiness, bad days give experience, the worst days give lessons, and the best days give memories. (Positive Quotes)
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. (Lao Tzu)
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. (Steve Jobs)
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. (Chinese Proverb)
It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with its, and make it the life you want to live. (Mae Jamison)
Wishing everyone a safe and happy week,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 5/26/20

Happy Tuesday My Friends,

Hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. As this new week starts and we approach the end of May, all states are now at some level of slowly re-opening. With that brings some new anxieties, possibly fears and yet hope. Everyone of us should still practice safety measures. It is good to have a feeling of some freedom, but does not mean we ignore everything we have been going through these last few months and the toll it took on us physically and mentally. Many changes have taken place and our new norm does not have to be forever. We are resilient and will become a healthy nation again. Think about what you can do to help make changes, no matter how small, that might keep you, your family, your friends, your neighbors, and even other people you come in contact with, in a healthy yet positive productive way.


“It is not by spectacular achievements that man ca be transfomed, but by will.” (Henrik Ibsen)

How do we change ourselves? How do we change the world? We hope for saviors, for magic, for something wonderful that will bring peace and understanding, that will end hunger, that will give children everywhere the chance to grow up safe. While we hope for saviors and magic, we also must set our will and do what we can on our own to make a difference.

NOTE TO SELF: I’m not sure what I can do to change the world and help make it better, but I’ll find something, If each of us does one small thing, the world will change. (Linda Picone)

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. (Woodrow Wilson)

This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure. (Winston Churchill)

Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities. (Robert H. Schuller)

Note: This quote I found very uplifting and hope each and everyone remembers it throughout your day, because we are all special people in our very own way.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. (Henry David Thoreau)


Wishing everyone a wonderful week,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 5/18/20

Happy Monday my friends,


I want to share something that happened in Monroe last week out front of our building. I am sure you all are aware and have heard about the “Food Pantry” that many towns in various states are having or have seen the pictures on your local news.
For those that might not know this but recently a Homeless Shelter was constructed across the street from our building. They have started giving out meals to families Friday afternoon and now will be having “Food Pantry” set up on Tuesday’s. They are held at different places on different weeks at different places in the county. It was heart breaking to see last Tuesday, the line of cars from 9:00am when they started until 11:00Am when it closed. And all I kept thinking while looking out the window was just how lucky I am (all of us) to be able to work and continue to pay bills, keep a roof over my head and have food on the table.
Our letter to day is about helping others. It’s time to “pay it forward”. I don’t mean monetary support necessarily, but just to be there for one another and others , to offer a sympathetic ear, or even spread some positivity to others that just may not be feeling very hopeful or positive.
“A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.” (Paul Klee)
What can we do that matters in just one day? We can show kindness to someone, or we can make a stupid and mean remark that hurts someone. We can step forward when we see an injustice, big or small, or we can sit back quietly afraid to get involved. Every day we make decisions that determine what kind of people we are.
What can I do today to make a positive impact on someone or something. (Linda Picone)
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. (Anne Frank)
There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.(Ray Goforth)
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody. (Mother Teresa)
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible’ and suddenly you are doing the impossible. (Francis of Assisi)
Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. (John F. Kennedy)
Wishing everyone a wonderful week,
Susie Q for QSPAC

Q-Tip 5/11/20

Happy Monday my friends,

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Today’s thoughts are random and from various people and hoping at least one will have some special meaning for you for whatever you may be feeling or going through right now and offers a little positivity this week.

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything. (Albert Einstein)

Success consists of going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm. (Winston Churchill)

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spine of other are often stiffened. (Billy Graham)

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. (Alan Kay)

I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. (Muhammad Ali)

The hard I work, the luckier I get.(Gary Player)

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. (Gandhi)

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. (Aristotle Onassis)

Nothing will work unless you do. (Maya Angelou)

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. (Confucius)

Wishing everyone a happy week,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 5/4/20

Happy Monday and Beginning of May,


Looks like we may be headed for a slow opening in the states again. I know it is something everyone is looking forward to, but we cannot let down our guard, for that could be the start of a second wave of the virus which would put us back where we were the last couple of months. We need to get back to some semblance of normalcy and begin to heal and prosper again but carefully and not forget the measures we have taken to halt the spread of the disease. Our letter today is…
“We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are.” (Harry S. Truman)
Reality is tough. The world isn’t as we would like it to be. Times are hard. And we’d really rather not have to think about things, thank you very much. To avoid facing reality, we sugarcoat the facts for ourselves and others. But reality has a way of catching up to us. Ultimately, reality is a lot easier to face when we recognize it and deal with it right away. 
NOTE TO SELF: I can deal with reality even when I don’t like it. (Linda Picone)
Life is made of millions of moments, but we live only one of these moments at a time. As we begin to change this moment, we being to change our lives. (Trinidad Hunt)
Theres is no passion to be found playing small-in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. (Nelson Mandela)
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. (John F. Kennedy)
It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way your carry it. (Lou Holtz)
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.(Martin Luther King, Jr.)
What you do everyday matters more than what you do once in awhile. (Gretchen Rubnin)
Wishing everyone a healthy , safe and wonderful week,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 4/27/20

Happy Monday My Friends,


Based on the current news seems we are going to be keeping the stay at home in place for awhile. It is sad because as a person we thrive on human contact.Although we are still able to come to work or go to the store we must still use safe distancing. One thing I think I miss most is being able to hug someone. There is nothing better for the soul than a great big heartfelt hug.  I am going to do my best to continue to send words of positivity on Monday’s and in these trying times we must never lose our sense of humor so will continue when I can to keep us smiling and laughing on Friday’s. Lately there is very little celebrations happening, but one thing we can do is celebrate ourselves. We are each a special individual with special characteristics so today’s positivity is about you.
“I celebrate myself, and sing myself.” (Walt Whitman)
Let’s try saying something as simple and powerful as “I celebrate myself.” It’s a bit unusual, perhaps even embarassing, isn’t it? Sounds kind of egotistical. When others celebrate us, it feels pretty good, but to celebrate ourselves….? Children enjoy celebrating themselves. When a baby first finds her own toes, she is completely delighted. When a toddler realizes that he can make sounds that bring him rewards, he beams proudly. Why can’t we take a similar delight in the simple wonder of being alive? Our life is a great gift worth celebrating.
NOTE TO SELF: At least once each day, I will offer a quiet celebration of the miracle that is me.(Linda Picone)
The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies, no excuses. No one to lean on, rely on or blame. This is yours – It is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day that your life really begins. (Bob Moawab)
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. (Mae West)
Believe I yourself, never give up, and go about your business with passion drive and enthusiasm. (Peter Jones)
Be weird, Be random. Be who you are. Because you never know who would love the person you hid. (Unknown)
Sending everyone a BIG HUG!!!! Have a wonderful week,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 4/20/20

Happy Monday My Friends,


The new way of life lately is beyond our own control but what we do have the power over is our thoughts, actions and spirit. So I am hoping these words of encouragement will help keep your spirits, hearts and mind on a positive path.
One minute of anger weakens the immune system for 4-5 hours. One minute of laughter boosts the immune system for 24 hours. (Quote Find)
Challenge: When a negative thought enters your mind, think three positive ones. Train yourself to flip they script. (Science & Metaphysics)
Day is over, night has come. Today is gone, what’s done is done. Embrace you dream, through the night, tomorrow comes with a whole new light. (Rising Back Again)
NOTE TO SELF: Keep going. You’re doing great. You might not be where you want to be yet, but that’s okay. Just take it one step at a time and keep believing in yourself. And remember no matter what happens, you can still enjoy your life and be happy. (Positive Healthy Inspiration)
LOVE is like a tree. Where you plant seeds of love, it branches out in all directions. (Positive Healthy Inspiration)
When life shows you a hundred reasons to break down and cry, show life you have a million reasons to smile and be thoughtful. (Positive Healthy Inspiration)
Create your own life and then go out and have it. (Buddhism for Meditation and Beginners)
Wishing everyone a wonderful week,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off