Are You Alive or is it only an Illusion?

Life doesn’t always go the way we’d like it to. Sometimes, plans change and our life changes. People that we love, sometimes more than one, die and we are faced with moving on without them. To lose a loved one is one of the most terrible things that can happen in life. When that happens, we must make choices and we should think about a few things before making those choices.

There are three places in life that we each face at any given moment – Yesterday, Right Now (Today), and Tomorrow! No matter how much we loved yesterday, it is gone and it will be forever, but all the memories will live on forever! That’s the beauty of life, people die, but people also still live and for every person that dies a new child is born. Right Now, is with us today and will be till the clock strikes midnight and signals that the day has come to an end. Today, while it’s still with us, we can dream! When tomorrow comes, those dreams can become real and they can give us something to look forward to in the tomorrows to come. It’s one thing to dream, but we also have to be ready and willing to accept the future what is represented in those dreams.

When the one, or one’s, we love die, then we lose everything, or do we? The answer is no, we don’t lose everything, we just at that moment believe we do, because it can feel like it. The tomorrows that we dream about today have the potential to bring us new love and a new life that is as good as or even sometimes better than the one we had. It’s very difficult to imagine a life with anyone that could be better, but it is possible and, believe it or not, it does happen.

When looking at the future, we need to look back, way back, at the past. Back before we met the one we loved, did we know that they existed? Most of the time the answer is no. Before we knew that they existed, we probably dreamed and we may have dreamed of a better life, especially if we were single. The key point is that we didn’t know that they existed!

We need to think about that for a moment! If we didn’t know that our loved one existed then, how can we possibly know that a new one won’t exist in our future. The answer is, we can’t. The good news is that the future could hold a beautiful life that today we can only dream about. The bad news is that unless we dream and are willing to allow those dreams to become real, we’ll never know. Those beautiful dreams might die, just like the loved one that we lost.

So, for today, at this moment in time, we should dream of beautiful tomorrow’s. They can lie in our future and we should try to see if they exist! The only way to do that is to make sure we complete our todays and travel to our tomorrows with an open mind! We have the choice of whether to continue living or to just hang on as an illusion! I hope you choose life!

Thanks for reading and I truly hope that all your dreams come true!


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A Million Reasons to Live

There are a million reasons to live, but it really boils down to only one. Life is a blessing and not everyone gets the chance to live it. Many are never born and they will never know how wonderful life can be. Several people that are born, think that they are suffering and can’t stand to live each day. However, even those that are depressed and those that suffer from pain, still have the same reason to live – they were born and they are alive.

Before I get too far into my blog today, I want to take a moment to thank all the wonderful people that have followed me since I started writing my blog over two years ago. I personally want to thank you and hope that you have enjoyed my blog. I love writing and I love people.

For anyone that is not aware of it, I’ve combined my two loves and started writing a daily inspirational essay I call a “Stanism”. Each Stanism reflects my philosophy of life and is written to help people cope with their daily living. I’ve always been a very positive person and try to look at everything in a positive light. I smile a lot and I like to cheer people up. When I see someone smiling after I smile at them, it makes me feel so much better.

I started working at our local Walmart store here in Cottage Grove three months ago and I love the work and the people. I like interacting with the other employees and with customers. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to make a small child smile. If you are ever in the area, I’d like you to stop in and say hello. I promise to do my best to smile and make you welcome in our store!

I write my daily Stanism and put it on Facebook where friends can read them and, at the urging of a fellow Facebook friend, I started putting them in my online store on a page called, of course, “Daily Stanism”. I put them in my store, because I already had the store and found it easy to add another page. It’s not necessary to look at any of the other pages in my store, unless you want to. I would rather that I inspire people with my daily essay’s than if I sold them anything. I sincerely hope that people enjoy my essays and I hope that it helps them to smile along with me.

If you are interested in following my daily essays, they can be found at

Thanks for reading! I hope that you smile often and have a nice day,

Something to Think About

Every day when the sun comes up I put a new Stanism on my website for people to read and hopefully put a smile on their face and/or give them something to think about. Today, is no different than any other day, except that there is a new Stanism on my store’s Stanism page! What is a Stanism? It’s an original essay that I write up each day that hopefully will help people live a richer fuller life while they occupy their home on earth. Why do I do it? I do it because I like to write and I like to help people. If I can help just one person, then it makes my time and effort worthwhile.

Here is today’s Stanism so that you can get an idea of what they are:

The sun rose in the east this morning and revealed a beautiful Wednesday on earth! We live in a gorgeous world that is ours for the taking. For those that believe in God, the earth was formed by God for us to live on. For those that don’t believe in God, then the earth was formed by nature for us to live on. Either way, it’s our earth and it’s up to us how we choose to live while we’re on it. I believe that everyone should live each day to its fullest. We need to smile, we need to love, and we need to treat each other like we’d like to be treated. If we all treated each other as brothers and sisters, the earth would be a better place for all to live. I hope you have a beautiful Wednesday.

If you’d like to read each day’s Stanism, you can find them at They are part of my online webstore, but the page can be viewed by itself and I don’t want anyone expecting to have to look at the rest of the site. If you want to look at more, that’s up to you, but the important thing is that I care about you and I could care less whether or not you look at my store. Each Stanism is written from the heart and it is written for you. I hope you enjoy each Stanism and most importantly, I hope they make you think a little about yourself and the world we live in.

Thanks for reading,

Your Daily Dose of Stanisms

What is a Stanism? It’s an original daily inspirational saying written by me! My hope is that the sayings will help inspire you and help you deal with your daily life!

Where do you find my Stanism’s? You can find a new one each day in “your” hearing loss store! The store that cares about your hearing and you! I want you well and I want you happy and I’ll do all I can to make your life better!

If you’d like to read an inspirational Stanism, then you can find it on the store page titled – Daily Stanism! To get you started, here’s today’s Stanism:

It’s raining, it’s Wednesday, it’s beautiful! Do you know that there is always two or more ways to look at everything and every situation. I always try to have an open mind and try to see if there is some truth or not in everything! I try to understand why someone may be acting like they do or why a particular thing is said or done, even when it appears to be illogical. If I see that someone appears unhappy or hurting, then I try my best to cheer them up. Cheering someone else up does two things, it sometimes actually cheers them up and it can also buoy your spirits and make you feel so much better! I hope everyone has a beautiful day no matter what the day looks like where you live!

I hope you enjoyed todays Stanism and enjoy each new one that will appear in your store at

Thanks for reading,

Do Not Buy From This Company

Do not buy from this company unless you are interested in top quality products, low prices, and the best customer service! If you buy from anyone other than this company you won’t get the guaranteed satisfaction that this company will provide! If you’re looking for special items and expecting the company to spend hours trying to help you find them, then you need this company. They are more interested in helping you than they are in making money. It’s hard to believe in this age of get rich quick schemes from people and companies that care only about themselves, that there is still a company that really cares about you. .

This company will bend over backwards to make you happy and make certain that you are totally satisfied. They not only guarantee their products, but they guarantee your happiness with them. If you have a question, check them out and you won’t be disappointed. They’ll spend as much time as necessary to find the answer to your question. Even if you don’t buy from them, you’ll walk away knowing that the company cares and that they did the absolute best they could to try to help you. Since the company went into business, they’ve had hundreds of satisfied customers.

If you haven’t done so yet, stop by and check the company out. They’re not easy to find, because there are literally thousands, if not millions, of online stores like theirs. However, the one difference is in the quality of customer service you’ll get from this company, versus all the others. The name of this company was chosen because it represents the best the web can offer. What’s the name of the company? It’s Best Assisted Living Aids, LLC. The company can be found by clicking on the following link or by copying and pasting the link in your browser.

Why do they spend so much time and effort trying to help people? The answer is very simple, they want to! They believe that their customers always come first and that it’s is the only way to do business. They’ve been around now since August 2011 and they intend to stay around for the long haul. They will keep doing business as long as you need help and their products. There are getting to be more and more people that are needing their products and because of that, it looks like they will be around for years to come.

What is the wonderful products that this company sells to help people, like you? Two things, 1) hearing loss information and 2) hearing loss products. Just the information alone is worth a trip to their store. .

How do I know that this company is the best and that they’ll guarantee your satisfaction? The reason is that I’m the owner and I stand fully behind every product I sell. Please stop in, check out the store, and let me know if there is anything that I can help you with.

Thanks for visiting my store,
Stan Straub

May Super Big Ear Special

We’re not actually giving away BIG Ears, but we are putting our 675 Hearing Aid batteries on sale at a very low price! The price is too low to mention, because of the competition! Please checkout the sale price in our store and while you’re there look for the free hidden Treasure Gift symbol.

It’s hard to believe, but we had no Treasure Chest winners for March or April. So, I’ve added another hearing loss manual to the Treasure Chest,! We now have three manuals, each one with anywhere from $1.00 to $5.00 in it. All you have to do is follow the Treasure Hunt directions and the manuals/money can be yours, absolutely free.

I hope to see you in the store picking up some 675 Hearing Aid batteries at the super low sale price and looking for the hidden treasure symbol. We’re just a small “mom and pop’ neighborhood store that you can drop into any time. Our store is located right around the corner from your house at

Thanks for reading and stopping in,