Writer • Speaker • Storyteller
Author of “A Moment’s Pause for Gratitude”
Balboa Press, October 2017
Absolutely nothing! I’m living it every day.
I think it’s helpful to remember that there is something quite extraordinary about the ordinary.
2. A good book and the time to read it.
3. Time with my grandkids.
4. Home-baked cookies.
6. Waking up before my alarm goes off.
7. A chance meeting with a good friend.
8. Meeting someone new.
9. Hot chocolate on a cold morning.
10. Making lists!
Life is imperfect. I am imperfect. We are imperfect. The weeds remind me of this reality. Some weeds need to be pulled. Others can simply be ignored. The challenge for me is recognizing which is which.
I receive far more than I could ever give. I consider myself a generous, giving person, but living my life with a focus on gratitude reminds me every day that I could not possibly give more than I receive. Despite this realization, receiving can be a challenge at times. It’s taken awhile, but I am learning to accept the kindness of others… with gratitude.
• Time to spend with my two grandkids.
• Time to write.
• A perspective on life I could not have had at a younger age.
• A lack of fear of death.
• I received a Medicare card for my birthday in June!!!
Yes, difficult times arise. When they do, I’ve learned to ask myself a challenging question: “Where is God in this?”
In the eyes of my grandchildren. Liam (4) and Emily (2) live each moment with a sense of wonder. Their love for others, for each other, and for life is contagious.
As I reflect back on 33 years of parenthood, it is clear to me that the collaboration with my wife had a positive impact on our three sons, now ages 33, 31, and 27. I don’t know how single parents do it, yet so many do. I don’t think I could have done it alone.
Share the “Gift of Gratitude” with those around me.
I do. It does. For the better.
As with so many other things in life, it’s all a matter of perspective. Waiting can certainly be seen as an inconvenience. I prefer to see it as an opportunity. When I find myself waiting for someone or some thing, I find it extraordinarily helpful to take a deep breath, look around, and ask, “Where is God in this?”
Ocean Beach, San Francisco. I could walk there from my childhood home. Still, when I visit The City, as I will today, I’ll spend 30-45 minutes at Ocean Beach (near the zoo) enjoying the peaceful calm and ocean air.
I think the challenging situations which brought out the best in me involved raising my three sons (now ages 33, 31 & 27). While I wanted them to know I loved them, I wanted them to recognize that I was their Dad, not their friend. I had to set guidelines. I occasionally had to say no. From time to time, I was the bad guy, in their opinion. But now, we enjoy the fruits of those challenging times. Now we are very good friends, with mutual respect and love.
My Dad. I am who I am, in large part, because of who he was.
If I truly “love” someone, I love them really well. If I don’t love them “really well,” I don’t truly love them.
Good morning, Bob. You might find it extremely helpful to put on the lenses of gratitude. When we take a moment’s pause for gratitude, or, better yet, when we begin to see the world through the lens of gratitude every day, we can’t help but feel better. So much for which to be grateful!
Brick by brick… Construction of Notre Dame Cathedral took 200 years. You’re doing well!
“A fundamental misalignment”: What a profound realization so often overlooked by the power of attraction.
A much-needed gift in our world today. The ability to share this gift isn’t found in books. It comes straight from the heart. The ministry of presence is powerful.
Thank you, Bob.
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