Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
Other people can’t cause us to be impatient unless we let them do so. In other words, others don’t make us impatient. We make ourselves impatient, through our expectations and demands, fixated attachments and stuckness.
The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
Who doesn’t want to know that we notice them and value them? And who might respond to us better when they feel that they matter? It probably cannot be overstated – it matters…that people matter.
Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.” – ~Rainer Maria Rilke FAITH When you come to the edge of all the light you have known and are about to step out into the darkness, FAITH is knowing one of two things will… Read More
A musician on stage cringes when he hears feedback during a performance. It’s usually in the form of a screeching electronic protestation caused by … well, I’m not really sure. It’s a problem usually created when the microphone and the monitors enter a level of intimacy unsanctioned by the Gods of technology. There was a time when I’d have gone on and on about why feedback occurs, undeterred by the fact that I was simply guessing. Life is better this… Read More
The most asked question, biggest complaint, stickiest wicket of this work or any self-improvement path is always, “I keep trying, I keep asking, I keep trying to be grateful, I keep trying to hold faith, have trust, ask for what I need and want and actively pursue it, but it somehow it continues to evade me. I can’t make it work. It’s useless. I’m useless. What is the point? I might as well give up.” These doubts and feelings… Read More
Our little Gratitude and Trust Shop section is growing. We have our gorgeous necklaces designed just for us by jeweler Marla Aaron. We have our tote bags designed by our own Patricia Kind. And this week we are very pleased to welcome Beth Gross- Santos and her Olive Gratitude Bracelet Collection. Beth contacted us, and we we were so moved by her personal story and the inspiration for her line of gratitude jewelry and keychains that we had to fold… Read More
We are adding a new weekly section to the website called Working Your Gratitude and Trust. While we all know we are working on things and we have the concepts in our heads we don’t always work our G and T as well as we could. I know I don’t. We are all human, busy, preoccupied and often just get lazy. So to keep us working our Gratitude and Trust, we will start the week by giving you something to focus on. This week,… Read More
If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please. ~Epictetus When I was a kid in the late 70’s/early 80’s going out to eat was a treat. When your birthday came along you’d get excited because that was the one day of the year you got to go to your favorite restaurant. Fast forward to 2015 and we are a restaurant nation. Eating out is no longer a treat, it is habit. An unhealthy habit… Read More
I just spent a week in Mexico with 500 people in various stages of recovery. It’s an annual event sponsored by Sober Vacations International. Mostly alcoholics like myself, the gathering included alcoholics and drug addicts with anywhere from 4 days of sobriety to 51 years. You couldn’t tell by looking that we were recovering drunks. If anything set us apart from your normal Club Med crowd it would have to be the blissful grins and friendly greetings. We love… Read More
This is a story of the amazing things that can happen when pure love and unfaltering belief join hands. Several years ago I was fortunate enough to come in contact with an amazing young woman called Alice Pyne. Some of you might have heard of Alice. She was a force of nature and a good works who through the malevolent hands of fate was diagnosed with cancer at the age of eleven. But true to Alice’s nature she did… Read More
Infragilis et tenera, unbreakable yet tender. In Japan, a pottery tea cup that has been broken is often fixed with gold, thereby making the broken the most cherished and beautiful. A crack does not mean that the cup should be thrown away; a crack makes it stronger when filled with gold. Have you ever experienced a hairline fracture than ran the whole of your body that started to split, threatening to allow all your innards to spill out? What… Read More
Discipline and Devotion, kissing cousins, best friends and the cornerstones and pillars to making any self-improvement plan, business or relationship work. I have grown to believe that one does not work without the other. You have to be devoted to not only the outcome of what you are doing but to the process of it. It’s not enough to want something; wanting is not devotion. The dictionary describes devotion as commitment, enthusiasm and dedication. You don’t see the word… Read More