THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

July 31, 2018

Compassion allows us to open our hearts and connect with others

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DOING NOTHING!

July 30, 2018

Every morning I visit one of a handful of websites which offer me a spiritual practice or inspiration for that day. This morning, for me, has been hysterical. Every site I visited said “Do Nothing!” I know this had to be the humor of the Ultimate Conciousness. I had been telling my wife I felt tired and wanted to just lay down for an hour and rest or do nothing. Then the messages started arriving. So this morning I am going to go spend an hour doing nothing.

We live in a world where even when we say we are doing nothing, or nothing much, we are doing a lot. For example, yesterday I felt like I didn’t do much, but in reality I did. I read, graded papers, crocheted, spoke with Zoe, prepared three meals, talked with numerous team members, planned for this week, thought about all that I need to do this week, when and how I was going to get it done. Even when it looked like I wasn’t doing much, I was.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

July 30, 2018

Whatever your goals are make them clear and share them with othes

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

July 29, 2018

Let us be the creators of Peace on earth.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

July 28, 2018

Teach peace

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AND THE LITTLE BOY SAID

July 27, 2018

We all go through rough times in life. It is easy to want to blame others for our situation, but it is not about others, but ourselves. I keep learning and relearning that when I blame others, it just keeps the sadness and negativity in control of my life. The longer I hold on to my negativity and sadness, the more of my joy and wealth I give away. Sometimes we just need someone to help us refocus.

Decades ago, I worked in a summer camp and had a little boy named Mikey. He was learning how to be away from his mom for the first time in his life. He would come in crying and I began playing this game with him to redirect his energy. I would say can you make a monster face and he would. How about a sad face and he would and before you knew it he was okay and then we could go play with the other kids.

One day we were playing the water when I realized I had lost a piece of jewelry that I never took off. It brought tears to my face and no matter how hard I tried I could not stop the tears from rolling down my face, and then this little boy gave me a gift I will never forget. I tried to capture this in a poem about us and this experience.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

July 27, 2018

Work for peace

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SONG OF THE WEEK

July 26, 2018

This week’s song of the week is so personal for me as it reminds me of all the times I prayed for a dear friend of mine who has gone through several bouts of cancer. I am grateful for the prayers we shared. One of the things I love most about this song, is that there is this upbeat bouncy tune to this heavy subject. It reminds me to stay joyful in all situations. https://youtu.be/SgSC6Kh0N5s

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

July 26, 2018

Forgiveness is about setting yourself free as well as others

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OUR VEGAN JOURNEY

July 25, 2018

Over the last 17 years, we have been through numerous dietary shifts in our life, including several years of vegetarian eating until Zoe went through chemo and then all she craved was meat. So back we came to the land of the meat eaters. We have been talking about returning to a vegetarian diet for a while, but after watching a documentary Forks Over Knives, we decided it was healthiest for us and our desire to lose weight and eventually be able to come off all our medication to go vegan.

It’s been a slow journey, but like with anything we do, when we decide to do it, we just do it. So the past few days we have eaten as much of what we had that needed to be gotten rid of.

This morning, we started this next phase of our journey. It is not just about changing what we buy, how we prepare it, what we eat, but an inward journey to learn more about ourselves, think about what these new choices are doing for us and how much our life is going to change

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