A work in progress, but thank God I’m not done yet.
“You are loved just the way you are”
That there are people out there who pay attention to gratefulness every day. You. 🙂
I don’t know yet.. but the need will present itself if we’re open to serving and pay attention. We can be of service only where there is need. Otherwise it’s not service but egoic striving.
Love them as they are. Make it about them.
Letting joy flow and letting pain be pain. Darkness and light embraced together without label. Giving without counting, loving without clinging. Detachment for the sake of union.
My body teaches my humility in finding my limits and perseverance in extending my limits through physical exercise; stewardship in that I have to care for myself before I can extend care into the world through loving action; and that sometimes life can be a bit messy but that’s just fine.
Giving without gain. Giving without counting. As mentioned by others, this applies to all forms of giving.. money, time, love.
Enough is what you decide is enough. Decide and you have enough. If you don’t decide, there is never enough.
Slow. Recognize. Remember.
Slow down and enjoy the food. Recognize the enjoyment is a gift of God and comes through the hands of many. Slowing and recognizing will greatly improve the chance of remembering.. (it’s hard to remember something you don’t first take the time or concern to acknowledge)
Carbon dioxide for the trees? 🙂
Bit of a tough question.. if you don’t know it, you don’t know it. But I guess sometimes it’s good to stop and think about what you don’t stop and think about.
But while my first statement is somewhat in jest, it’s true. Our presence affects everything else, so there are many ways we contribute to the well-being of everything – in ways big or small.
Seek opportunities to express gratitude.. leading by example is always the way, and gratitude will beget gratitude. If nothing else, they will most likely be grateful for your gratefulness. And that’s a start.
Perfection would be taking nothing for granted, for everything is transient in the end. Time is the one thing we are all most guilty of taking for granted though, and is the least guaranteed – we do not know when we will have no more of it on Earth. As someone says below, live completely and mindfully in the present moment. Appreciation of everything else will flow from full presence.
Any wrong I choose to, starting with the choice not to.
Full hands hold nothing. Empty hands are able to receive. True fullness is found only in God, so fullness is found in kenosis, or emptying. In surrendering all to God, God gives all to us.
What wouldn’t I?
In our weakness we find strength in Divine Providence. When we can’t do, we learn to rely on God’s Can. In this way, our personal hindrances become our furtherances, if we learn to trust Him. See 2 Cor 12:7-10.
Envy can show you where your priorities and values are, for good or bad. Self-evaluation in all things helps us to grow, in our desires as much as anything else.. Do you want things or do you want joy for everyone? Everyone has things they want and there is nothing wrong with that in itself. Envy is just a want that refuses to celebrate someone else’s happiness, with a preference to sacrifice someone else’s happiness for our own. In learning to celebrate and be happy for others...
Envy can show you where your priorities and values are, for good or bad. Self-evaluation in all things helps us to grow, in our desires as much as anything else.. Do you want things or do you want joy for everyone? Everyone has things they want and there is nothing wrong with that in itself. Envy is just a want that refuses to celebrate someone else’s happiness, with a preference to sacrifice someone else’s happiness for our own. In learning to celebrate and be happy for others’ success, we can grow in love. Envy can point us to the places we need to grow in love for others – be it material possession, physical beauty (so subjective!), career success or anything else.
Moments of Grace, when ‘wordly’ concerns are forgotten. In those times, a ray of sunshine, the sound of the breeze, the light playing on the leaves of the trees, the cool air of a winter morning. Simplicity presents its own song our hearts know instinctively and can sing along with.
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn
Look for good, speak and act with kindness, and walk with others.
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