On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, I was thinking about some of my favorite JFK quotes. This one stands out. We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. Meg came up with a brilliant idea to practice this in our family. Each Thanksgiving ... Continue Reading »
If, at birth, there was a little lemonade stand that passed out Life-Choices along with the lemonade, I would choose Gratitude. Gratitude is the most precious and the most fundamental virtue. From Gratitude all other virtues flow. I believe that a leaf of grass is no less than the journeywork of the stars; And the ... Continue Reading »
Two elderly ladies were enjoying the sunshine on a park bench. They had been meeting at the same park every sunny day for over 12 years… chatting, and enjoying each other’s company. One day, the younger of the two ladies, turns to the other and says, “Please don’t be angry with me, but I am ... Continue Reading »
We live in a world where, as Carrie Fisher said, “Even instant gratification takes too long.” Speed is a drug, and the need for speed is a mindless addiction too. We only occasionally catch ourselves racing through life and wonder why, like when we’re behind a slow driver (ie someone driving the speed limit), get ... Continue Reading »
I’m an early riser, usually up by 5am. First I turn up the heat. There’s a part of me that grumbles about how long it takes to warm up, and another part that says, “Give it a minute. It’s not magic. But the technology IS amazing and it’s working as fast as it can.” Then ... Continue Reading »
If you are what you eat, you should definitely avoid chopped liver, waffles and all forms of nuts. Yet we are….what we eat, just as we are what we think. We eat our histories, live our intentions, and create our futures with each thought, word and meal. Wendell Berry wrote, “I eat my history day by ... Continue Reading »
In order to get to the heart of gratitude, you have to come to terms with change. Its in the seasons of change that gratitude is found. I didn’t know what a season was until I moved to Michigan. Where I grew up in Sydney, Australia, there are two seasons; summer and summer with a ... Continue Reading »
A little gratitude changes your whole outlook, like lighting a single match in a dark room. You see things that were there all along and realize how amazing your life already is. Even the friction of challenge creates light when hope rubs against struggle and you see the red hot flame of your own strength.
Gratitude builds a bridge over troubled waters. It keeps you above the fray, so you can see life from a higher perspective. From gratitude’s altitude, the serenity takes your breath away. You can see how far you’ve come, how much beauty is still to come and how much peace you have right now.