Where do I begin, story tellers must think the same thing silently as they choose their words carefully as to truly reflex their thoughts. As do I tonight 11p pst. I’ve a feeling my sleep patterns are shifting again, regardless tonight let’s look at the thing that’s been evolving today whilst the world spun.
first a little music for the soul and for those on their was to work, a little bus stop entertainment. This time let’s start with the close up and finish big, shall we?
Then possibly some written words pulled from a much larger piece I wrote a while ago.
Tread lightly on this summers breeze
In the dark of your heart
For it will consume all that you are
Leaving you but like a shell
Cast away by the sea
Eaten and plucked whole
Then we come to a pausing point, so let’s take a look…
Day three of the thirty days of gratitude finds me with a heavy heart. Tonight, I went to the funeral home to offer support and comfort to my friend, Dina, whose 20-year-old son was killed in a house fire a few days ago. It is a tragedy that I cannot wrap my brain around, and watching my beautiful friend go through this unimaginable pain is heart wrenching. In the midst of the grief, though, there were tremendous displays of love, compassion, kindness, and even gratitude. In honor of Dina and her son, Tyler, here are three things I am grateful for today:
My two daughters. Tonight, when I returned from the funeral home, I hugged each of my daughters tightly and wept as I did so. I shed tears for Dina who will not be able to hold Tyler again, and I shed tears of thanks for these…
Day nine began really early, as my weekend of working at the day shelter for homeless men began at 6:30 a.m., That said, it is easy to wake up in the dark, when you know that light awaits you, literally and figuratively. Even with twenty-one days to go in this month of gratitude, I have rediscovered how important it is to focus on the positive people and things in my life, for when I do, life becomes richer and fuller across the board. These are the three things that I am giving thanks for today, as they left my heart happy:
Waking up to a kind text message. As much as I love the art of conversation, I also appreciate the role that texting and emailing can play in maintaining communication with family and friends, and it is always nice when someone takes the time to send…
Two days into the thirty days of gratitude, and I found much to be grateful for on an impossibly gorgeous fall day here in Kentucky. Having committed to documenting three things I am grateful for each day this month definitely has put gratitude at the forefront of my mind, as I found myself saying “thank you”, silently and out loud, throughout the day. It’s no coincidence that this heightened focus on all that is positive and good in my life put an extra spring in my step and an even bigger smile on my face. Corny, yet true! Here are three of today’s things for which I am truly grateful:
The opportunity to be in the presence of my amazing friend, Laura. Laura and I only recently became friends, and we immediately discovered that we share a heart and soul connection that makes our budding friendship even…
With only ten more days to go in this thirty days of gratitude, I find myself in a reflective mood this evening. I was not sure what this focus on gratitude would mean to others, including myself, and I am thankful for, and pleasantly surprised by, the warm reception this series of posts has gotten so far. I thank each of you for indulging me in this exercise and for sharing your own moments of gratitude, as you have made this even more meaningful. On this twentieth day, I find myself feeling a great deal of gratitude for:
Chili. Actually, as much as I love a hot bowl of chili on a cold day, it was the person who brought me the chili that left me feeling grateful. Our seventy year old Plant Manager, Frank, and I eat lunch together every day at work, and it truly is one of the highlights of my day. Today…
Several years ago, during one of our holiday trips, we went shopping at Downtown Disney. For those who aren’t familiar, Downtown Disney is an open mall, filled with shops and restaurants. The stores were crowded with vacationers and locals enjoying the holiday decorations.
As always, my son, Mike, was walking in front of me. I typically walk behind him. I guide him through crowds verbally and redirect him as needed. He tends to walks at an extremely fast pace; whenever I get ahead of him, he speeds up to pass me.
As we were walking through one of the stores, Mike spotted a young man standing in line to check out of the store. The man was in his twenties and had two prosthetic legs. His father was standing behind him and noticed Mike’s course correction in their direction.
Mike was on a mission and, in his excitement, picked up…
Even though some retail stores started displaying Christmas decorations on the heels of Labor Day, believe it or not, there is another holiday to celebrate this season. Yes, I am referring to the often overlooked holiday known in the United States as Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving for its focus on gratitude rather than material gifts, so, to honor Thanksgiving and all that we have to be grateful for every day, I hope that you will indulge me in the not-so-original practice of sharing three things each day over the course of the month for which I am grateful.
On a cold day here in Kentucky, one that found me mourning the loss of my friend’s twenty year old son, I was in a very reflective mood. Death, especially the death of someone so young, has a way of shaking one to the core, and it puts life and…