Attitude and Gratitude
Five Things I Am Grateful For Today
It is October 26th, and this morning we got our first snow. This is NOT one of the things I am grateful for, mind you, but as I look out my window at the gray, cold wetness that is today, I realize that the only way through this very long upcoming winter is going to be by being grateful, today and and everyday, for whatever I can find to appreciate. In some ways 2020 has flown by. I for one, cannot believe that it is nearly November when I still feel like I am waiting for summer to happen. And yet, at the same time, I have felt each and…
Are You Finding Peace or Avoiding Life?
Virginia Woolf once said, “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” And of course, she is right. Peace as we generally think of it can be elusive at best, changing with circumstances and mood. But true peace, lasting peace, is earned through the hard work that comes with facing and walking through life’s challenges. The trouble is “finding peace” can look an awful lot like avoiding life. We “keep the peace” by avoiding difficult decisions, delicate discussions, and painful circumstances. We “make peace” with something that if we were honest about it, we would admit makes us uncomfortable, angry, or discouraged. We search for “inner peace” by creating a facade…
Monday Morning Inspiration: Ten Blessings
“Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.” — Buddha It’s Monday morning and here in Illinois, we are beginning our fifth week of stay-at-home orders and social distancing. It is gray and cold, and the wind is literally howling. The word ‘bleak’ comes to mind. It’s a good morning for a little inspiration, so challenge accepted! After a little bit of thought, here are ten blessings that I recognize on this otherwise bleak Monday morning: I am inside. No kidding – the wind is howling and it is 35 degrees. I am on my couch…