All music that slows me down and pulls me back into the moment helps me live gratefully. Particularly impactful songs are Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic, Joni Mitchell’s Circle Game, and The Wind by Cat Stevens.
Noticed this early morning when looking up at the dark morning sky the amazing beauty of mere points of light – when you know what those points of light represent.
Makes me think of the book, “Thank you for being late” by Thomas Friedman. The author highlights the idea for this book, which includes a welcome analysis of our current times, came to him during the many occasions when his meeting with friends started late. While waiting he conceived of the concept for this book. Indeed waiting offers much needed in-between moments when our minds can wander and discover.
Makes me think of the often apt saying, “if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”
Prayer at the start of the day, pausing to notice throughout the day, and sharing whenever possible.
In conversation yesterday I thought one summary challenge in our world is that we are increasingly focused on M&Ms – Me and More, both inevitable consequences of individual insecurity, distrust, and a zero-sum focus between individuals and the groups that they represent. I suppose my vision is the opposite – individual security, trust, and a non-zero focus. I can do my part to foster these elements in my part of the world.
I am most generous when I perceive myself to have abundance and another is in need of the same. I suspect I could manifest my most generous self by maximizing my ability to both see the sometimes nuanced needs of others, while also maintaining awareness of all my areas of abundance.
All those who dig in daily to make this life meaningful and rewarding for both themselves and others.
Having just read the Word for the Day and finding it a powerful point, I’ll further build on it here – when I step into acceptance of what is, rather than wandering around guided by preconceived expectations, I move forward into new possibilities, new opportunities, and fresh reasons for gratitude.
Starting from the time of our births, all great things arise through difficulty – the idea of difficulty equating with misfortune is simply a modern myth. Indeed we need others to assist us when going through difficulty, but not supporting us to get out or away, but to get through.
Approach myself with love, compassion, and an expectation for slow, incremental progress, until my last breath – never too small, never too big, and never too late.
Henry Parsons Crowell – founder of Quaker Oats – as with most mornings, I’m eating a quick breakfast, thanks to the ease of preparing oatmeal. Thank you Henry, although acknowledge oatmeal greatly preceding you, you helped with the accessibility and ease of preparation.
My reflection on this question is that I should rather embed kindness in all my acts, thoughts and areas of concern and work, rather than randomly inviting kindness in here and there. Kindness ideally finds residence within me.
Know what idea I am trying to convey with my words, know why I want to convey those ideas, and know to whom I want to convey those ideas – absent a clear idea on all of the above, consider going back to the drawing board or just sit and listen.
To live fully, to give liberally but prudently, to cultivate where able and to always appreciate.
I can walk my path thoughtfully, deliberately, and choosing the direction carefully, while cultivating as much clarity as possible for myself while I walk … and try my best to not go too close to the ledge and fall off a cliff.
The difficulties! Not to be flippant in my response, but indeed to the extent we have a vested interest in anything, we can only do our part. Our priorities will not always be shared by others, nor is that a reasonable/desirable expectation, but when we act in accordance with our priorities, we do our part, and sometimes, others will follow.
That the quality of most meaningful and substantial efforts are most often determined by the degree to which investment on the outcome of the effort can be shared with many, rather than the strength, knowledge, proficiency or skill level of one. I re-learned what I have learned many times before – the critical importance of teams.
When purchasing soccer shoes for my son and considering what shoe size was most appropriate for him, I was deeply impressed for a moment on how unappreciative I am on the basic luxuries of daily life. I have the luxury of having access to thousands of options of shoes that fit perfectly for my son – not an inch too big or small and with the right functional design. The luxury of living in just the right temperature and all the resources we need for our family a short distance away. When...
When purchasing soccer shoes for my son and considering what shoe size was most appropriate for him, I was deeply impressed for a moment on how unappreciative I am on the basic luxuries of daily life. I have the luxury of having access to thousands of options of shoes that fit perfectly for my son – not an inch too big or small and with the right functional design. The luxury of living in just the right temperature and all the resources we need for our family a short distance away. When one thing becomes less convenient, often that becomes the focus – not the amazing luxury that is accessible daily with minimal effort or consideration. Not sure this rises to the level of astonishment, but close.
To believe in its constancy, its reliability, its design, its ability to deliver – the masterful plan that made us, brought us to this moment and toward which we contribute daily by stepping in the path of our own’s life’s potential.
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