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Thank you for your reflection and for sharing the essay with others, Patrick. I appreciate what seems to me to be a deep sense of clarity for what you stand for…and that you feel moved to act in the name of it and hold suffering with “Grace and much Greater LOVE.” I’m moved by the mention of your grandchildren as part of the love you have for Creation and all of life. May that which deeply toubles us guide us into deeper relationship with our values, with that which we...
Thank you for your reflection and for sharing the essay with others, Patrick. I appreciate what seems to me to be a deep sense of clarity for what you stand for…and that you feel moved to act in the name of it and hold suffering with “Grace and much Greater LOVE.” I’m moved by the mention of your grandchildren as part of the love you have for Creation and all of life. May that which deeply toubles us guide us into deeper relationship with our values, with that which we hold most dear, and into forms of engagement with others and the world that are in alignment with the wholeness of our hearts.
And thank you for the inspiring reflection in return, Betsy! I appreciate the way in which you describe LISTENING as central to a life well lived. I agree – it’s so critical to our capacity to hold it all and move through the world in a meaningful way.
Thank you for sharing these stories, Tom, with all their beauty, poignancy, and tenderness. My heart goes out to your friend, and I hold alongside you the affirmation that there is “more joy to be had.” Take good care!
Thank you for your kind words, Sheila. I too find meaning and inspiration in thinking about how resilient my elders were and have been over the course of their long lives. May we honor their example!
So true, Craig! I love how you note that thriving comes in the form of helping out our community, even in seemingly small ways.
Glad this resonates with you, Tom! I think the quote Sheila references in her comment affirms that appreciation and prayer go hand-in-hand.
Thank you for sharing your experience and appreciation, Sheila! Grateful for you.
Much to live indeed! I appreciate your acknowledgment, Thomas. Thank you for sharing your experience with the piece.
YES to dance, dance, dance. Happy to hear you were open to the spark. And thanks for those yummy adjectives….life takes on such a different tone when I live according to food metaphors. 😀
Thank you, Betsy! I appreciate your kind words. 🙂
Thank you, Miguelie! Wonderful to hear that the connection between openness and acceptance resonates. May it offer inspiration through your days. Peace to you as well.
And your words of appreciation mean so much to me. Thank you for receiving my offering with wonder. Love to you as well!
Virtual hugs to you, Sieger des Friedens! Your kind note fills my heart. I’m sorry to hear that your curiosity was stifled growing up. Here’s to needing no permission to go deep, stretching into the lifeforce that wants to live through you!
I’m grateful to hear more about your experience, Anna–thank you for sharing! I have a long path to walk too…and our current situation begs for lots of compassion toward ourselves and the world. I hope you continue to find wisdom in the meaningful reflection you seem to already have so supportively interwoven in your life.
Thank you for your affirmation! I am glad to know I’m not alone…how wonderful to hear how liberating embracing imperfection has felt for you!
And I am grateful for your voice, Betsy! The word “tenderness” guides me often. Thank you for your reflection.
Thank you for the kind words, Chuck! And thank you for all you do as well to walk the talk!
I love Alanis, Allan! Thank you for reminding me of this song…
Thank you as well, Nancy, for listening and sharing! I’m grateful that you felt inspired enough by the blog to both revisit it and share it with others. I don’t know how wise I feel, but I can say that viewing it all as practice feels nourishing for me, as I hope it does for you. Heartfelt thanks for your gracious and encouraging comment.
I’m not familiar with this book – I look forward to exploring it. Thank you for the recommendation!
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