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The Gifts We Take for Granted

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is “thank you,” it will be enough.

— Meister Eckhart

Tomorrow, what would you do if the only people and things that showed up in your life were those for which you’d been grateful?

What would be left?

Who would still be around?

Would you still have that job you hate so much?

What about the yappy dog… or the noisy kids from across the street… or your car that sounds like it’s on its last legs?

How would you feel without the Continue reading » The Gifts We Take for Granted

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This post is part of the One Word at a Time Blog Carnival hosted by Bridget Chumbley.

How do you celebrate your fellowship?

God is the God of tennis, brownies, and public speaking, and all those talents can – and should – be used effectively for serving him.

— Caryn Rivadeneira
Christian Journalist

It warms my heart when, in a crowd of strangers, I hear a chorus of “Gesundheit’s” and “Bless you’s” in response to an AH-CHOO! Why?  Because it means that although somebody just blasted a burst of germs into our breathing space, we still offer them blessings.  If that ain’t a sign of good fellowship, I don’t know what is…

Happily, I find signs of community and fellowship all around me… people who keep their faith in humanity by sharing their love and their tolerance in everyday places and everyday ways.  They are “blessings among us making jolly-ful noises.” Continue reading » GA-ZOON-TIGHT!
The Blessings Among Us Make Jolly-ful Noises…

Inspiring Confidence with Stories, Stages and Shakkei

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

— Thornton Wilder

It struck me after I’d posted NOT the Only One, that I’d missed one of the REALLY important benefits of sharing our stories – not only do we get to dodge the bullets that others have taken, we also can be inspired by their successes!  Often the path before us is strewn with obstacles, and it’s easy for us to lose sight of the opportunities almost within our grasp.  That’s where other people’s stories can spur us on, give us the confidence to begin, the confidence to carry on.  For instance, if you’ve ever considered picking up your camera and getting Continue reading » Inspiring Confidence with Stories, Stages and Shakkei

Borrowed Mountains

Cycling to Seefeld
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Let’s be thankful for the beauty that surrounds us! Tell us about your favorite borrowed mountain.

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

— Thornton Wilder

This week we celebrate our national Thanksgiving holiday.  Earlier this week I savored our connections with each other’s stories.  I rejoiced, if you will, in the fact that we can “learn by listening” instead of “learn by doing” aka, “learn by messing up”. Thanks to other people sharing their stories, we can hope to navigate around known potholes and plot perhaps a smoother path to success.  So I’m thankful we can borrow other people’s solutions.

Moodling About Shakkei

Today I’d like to thankfully moodle Continue reading » Borrowed Mountains