Today I am grateful to be alive, to feel, see and know the grace and power of something we call Spirit. That alone is joy and gift enough!
Sometimes when I’m aware that I was less than “all in” on a particular matter or undertaking, it may be because I really should not have undertaken the matter in the first place. Sometimes you just don’t know until you try something whether or not it was meant to be done or undertaken, which then touches on the matter of, “choice.”
Greet them by name while smiling at the same time.
I am content with the level of life that I am living currently. That said, if I actually had the power to truly release whatever I want I would say, “Let me release the level of pain I live with that contributes to fatigue and limits what I can do physically.” My oh my, wouldn’t that be nice?
Today, two people gave me the opportunity to provide nurture and care for them as I begin my role this week as a pastoral counselor at an annual conference of Quakers.
I am already living an extraordinary life. I woke up today!
My take on today’s question seems to assume that I do not already appreciate making connections with others. To be honest, I find this question mildly insulting. If I didn’t already value making connections with others, why would I participate on this site? I live and act as I do in the world precisely because I treasure making connections with others.
There’s a playful saying that goes like this: “Those of you who propose to know the truth are annoying to those of us who do!”
Or this one: “What is Truth?” “I don’t know. And I’m sorry that I brought it up!”
Okay, back to the question: For myself, it’s not about wanting to be right, it’s about thinking that I AM RIGHT, and not always being aware that I may in fact be flat out, wrong.
The life that I have lived thus far.
It will likely take me longer to resolve the problem, but I’ll be more relaxed and calmer through the process! For example, if I am having a computer problem, I go at resolving it myself like a crazed lunatic. I have limited skills in this arena to begin with, and all I want to do is FIX it! When I finally surrender and take it to my favorite computer technician, who is immensely competent, he approaches computer issues with a sense of calm and genuine curiosity. He’s in no hurry, he pond...
It will likely take me longer to resolve the problem, but I’ll be more relaxed and calmer through the process! For example, if I am having a computer problem, I go at resolving it myself like a crazed lunatic. I have limited skills in this arena to begin with, and all I want to do is FIX it! When I finally surrender and take it to my favorite computer technician, who is immensely competent, he approaches computer issues with a sense of calm and genuine curiosity. He’s in no hurry, he ponders, pokes around, and I sometimes think he listens to the “symptoms” of what’s going on better than my physician listens to me.
I feel the greatest contentment anytime when I am on the ocean or at the beach with my family.
By being fully present to the gift of this new day!
I already believe that every moment of my life is a gift. For me, it means I wake up each morning and looking forward to what the brand-new day will bring.
Whenever I stop seeking something, more, better or different I usually find it!
The more turmoil there is in the world the more we need to find reasons for joy. We owe it to those who are struggling.
Thank you, Nada, for your courage and strength to share your story with us here. Like it or not, you are now an authority on surviving horror and have much to teach the world. Go gently, stay near to your faith and keep that light within alive. Thank you, again.
Slowly. I would live this day slowly!
Thank you, Fabiana, for this tender and beautiful tribute.
Every year, two days after Thanksgiving, our entire family in a mini caravan of four vehicles takeoff to a tree farm to get our Christmas trees for each family. Over the years our numbers grew with grandkids, first in back-slings, strollers, then running all over the farm, playing “hide and seek,” tossing footballs, etc.
Today, our grandchildren number seven and seem ever growing. What started as a whim some forty years ago when I said to my wife, “let’s get our tree this year...
Today, our grandchildren number seven and seem ever growing. What started as a whim some forty years ago when I said to my wife, “let’s get our tree this year from a tree farm,” has turned into a family ritual that all of us “block out” as a must attend family event every single year since.
Thanks, Debra, for your kind words.
Yes, we seem to take the tree farm by storm and fill up half the hay wagon on the way out to the fields that hold all the Christmas trees!
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