Thank you for the wonderful, well written essay filled with wisdom! I especially enjoyed the concept – “Gratitude also shines a light on the state that is its opposite – resentment”. I believe that is so true and will help to remind me to keep in mind that only light can dispel darkness.
Joy has often surprised me when I experience it because of small or simple things. I often forget to stop thinking that I can find lasting joy and happiness through an accomplishment of a goal or obtaining some material possession. Those pleasures are only momentary and fleeting. The joy of being is always there and only accessible when I choose to live and “en-joy” myself in the present moment
In this moment I have enough of everything, because there is nothing I need, nothing I need to do and nowhere that I need to go. This moment is at it is. This moment is all that I will ever have. It is perfect as it is and I am grateful.
Thank you Daniela for such a lovely post. It is so rich with meaning. I thorougly enjoyed your beautifully crafted description of the contents of an ordinary day that was in fact – extraordinary – like so many are,, if we only take notice. It is such a wonderful reminder for me to strive to live in each and every present moment of the days that I am given
I will have my whole heart behind the words I speak if God grants my continual request to make me an instrument of His peace and if I am fully inhabiting the present moment and remembering that love is all there is.
A belated Happy Birthday, Kristi! I hope and pray there are many, many more to come.
For me, one of the greatest blessings that I am grateful for as I accumulate birth anniversaries, is that I increasingly know I don’t have to take things (life) so seriously, like I did when I was younger. Also, the years (60 of them) have allowed me to gather the wisdom to realize that – What others may think of me or my actions “is none of my business”, as some wise person said long ago....
For me, one of the greatest blessings that I am grateful for as I accumulate birth anniversaries, is that I increasingly know I don’t have to take things (life) so seriously, like I did when I was younger. Also, the years (60 of them) have allowed me to gather the wisdom to realize that – What others may think of me or my actions “is none of my business”, as some wise person said long ago. Also, all of my efforts toward disposing (releasing?) of any of the other aspects of being a ‘people pleaser’, like I was in my younger days, has allowed me to feel more peaceful, calm, grateful, relaxed.and in general – enjoy life more.
Kristi, thank you for your wonderful blog post. I think it is a masterpiece. I do so love reading well crafted writing especially when it presents such valuable wisdom. In my opinion, if the universe is behaving properly, your post will find a very prominent and permanent spot on your website. I also hope that somehow it soon gets published on the website and/or in the magazine for aarp.org and similar places. So many people could benefit from seeing the very healthy and wise perspective on aging that you have presented. The audience at aarp would very soon grow to love making daily visits to your website – just like I have.
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