Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts
to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. ...
No matter what is going on outside of us,
there's always something we could be grateful for....
- Barry Neil Kaufman
Every day I am thankful for our many many blessings.
Love, health, food, shelter family friends and all the delights
God gives to us each and every day.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.-Buddha
Encourage, lift and strengthen one another. For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all. For we are connected one and all. ~~ Deborah Day
*(¯`v´¯)•* " Relax and enjoy the ever-changing flow of being
(¯`:✿:´¯)•* alive. Live with passion and purpose while letting
*(_.∧._)* ✿ go of tension and anxiety. Relax and enjoy every moment as it comes."
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
~ Fred Rogers~
(Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood)
~What Really Matters in Life~
"A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed..
‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the most important things— your family, children, health, spirituality, friends and creative passions— and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that also matter like your job, volunteer work, caring for your home and our planet.. The sand is everything else— the small stuff.
‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you and really matter. Pay attention to the things that are absolutely critical to your happiness and the happiness of others.
Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your partner out to dinner. Cultivate a spiritual practice that brings you peace. Exercise, be creative, eat right and take care of your health. There will always be time to clean the house, watch TV and mow the lawn.
Take care of the golf balls first— the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend."
Love this music
Amy Tan has a new book out called The Valley of Amazement and I have it on reserve at the Library.
My Sister just bought this book called And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini and she is letting me read it first. Always the sweet and wonderful Sister she is.
The author also wrote Kite Runner and a Thousand Splendid Suns which I bought for my Sister a few years back.
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.(,,,,)(,,,,) "When the trees their summer splendour
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;...
Then we know that it is autumn,
Loveliest season of the year."
- Carol L. Riser