Thursday, November 22, 2012

So Many Blessings

If the only prayer you say in your life is "thank you", 
it would be enough.
 ~Meister Eckhart

Thank you for acorns and sunsets, for dogs and green grass, for flowers and snowflakes, for hills and pastures, for eggs and peonies, for mud and winds.  

Thank you for hugs and smiles, for little kids and old ladies, for new babies and blooming teenagers, for constant change and unchanging constants.

Thank you for an inquisitive mind and the gift of procrastination.   Thank you for providing inspiration everywhere I turn.
I am so grateful for the comforts that surround me, for friends and family, for the gifts of Life and Love, and for miracles great and small.  Especially my favorite small miracle...
(the Rosebud at five months)
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

My Guideposts -- Week91

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. 

~Melody Beattie


Monday, November 12, 2012

Heroes for Freedom


They enlisted and served in WWII and Korea.  They left behind a familiar world and did their best to preserve a way of life based on freedom.  Meanwhile sweethearts and mothers prayed and waited for precious letters.

It's not so different today.  There are still men and women who are far from home, striving to spread the blessings of liberty in alien lands.  And there are still families hoping for an email or a phone call from their loved ones.

And there will be soldiers and sailors and airmen who will have to leave their homes in centuries to come, unfortunately, although I wish I could believe human beings could learn to co-exist peacefully.

We owe them a lot, all those warriors over the years.  Thank you to everyone who served or is serving now.  Thank you to all their families.

With appreciation on this Veterans Day and year around,