I wanted to share with you one of my favorite quotes…
A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Nobody is able to achieve this completely but striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security
Your thoughts? Do you connect to this as much as I do?
Today I’m going to write in a way that’s perhaps a bit out of character. While we generally focus of the impact of lifestyle choices on health and disease resistance, this missive focuses on gratitude.
As I write, I’m waiting to board an evacuation flight to get away from Irma, an event that will rewrite the definition of natural disaster. Our home is in Naples, Florida in the highest level flood zone and I’m well aware that when we are able to return, our house of 30 years may well be totally destroyed.
And yet, sitting here, I remain so grateful for so many gifts. The love of family and friends, the incredible support I receive from all of you, and the wonderful opportunities I have had to fully engage my life mission.
I’ll certainly get back to all of you on the other side of this experience, but for now, let me say, “thank you!”
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What does gratitude mean to you?
I recently found this wonderful quotation from author, Melody Beattie describing gratitude:
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
I encourage you to reflect on this sentiment as you enjoy this holiday weekend with family and friends.
Always good to take a moment to think about the things you like. My list, clearly not in any particular order:
- Acts of compassion.
- Dedication to a cause.
- Love for my family and friends.
- Love of my family and friends.
- Sautéed onions.
- Socks right out of the dryer.
- Connecting seemingly disparate conceptual dots.
- The counsel of wise elders.
- Making complex issues more approachable.
- The positive outcomes of my work.
- The mystery of it all.
No one is so bereaved, so miserable, that he cannot find someone else…who needs friendship, understanding, and courage more than he. The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
– Helen Keller