BE THANKFUL

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.
~ Author Unknown ~

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Observations

Today, I noticed the way that grass lies in a field. I observed how only the taller grasses are shifted by the wind. I noticed how quiet the outdoors can be. I saw that the butterflies like to zig and zag consistently as they take flight. I noticed how a bead of perspiration joins another bead - until it joins to form a drop of sweat that moves down the skin - from the force of gravity. I noticed how high a bird can fly in the sky, really quite high. I observed how a jet flying high in the air can pass by leaving no evidence that it was ever there. Yet at times it might toss a cloud aside and cause it to create a new strand of cloud stuff. I noticed how regular and consistent it is - this constant flow of traffic - of people driving their cars going from here to there - non-stop.

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TEN BOOKS THAT HAVE STAYED WITH ME

TEN BOOKS THAT HAVE STAYED WITH ME
I don’t normally do these.
But I really do like books.

I decided to put my list down in the order I’d read them.

  1. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger – for helping us to realize one is not necessarily alone when feeling alienated.
  2. Malcom X An Autobiography, by Malcom X and Alex Haley - for introducing me to the concept of the zoot suit, and how Faith Evolves Over Time with an Open Mind.
  3. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho – for taking me on a journey to understand what it means to have a Personal Legend, and pursue it.
  4. Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert – for allowing me to find common ground with a vulnerable woman amidst her suffering – and join her as she strives towards re-birth by focusing on feeding the needs of the soul when they’ve been neglected for far too long.
  5. The Forty Rules of Love, by Elif Shafak – for taking me on a journey to 13th Century Turkey & Central Asia where my ancestor Shams of Tabriz wandered, whirled and collided with a scholar named Rumi and sparked the divine within him igniting his passion for poetry and mass love.
  6. Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick – for helping me see eye to eye with a guy named Pat Peoples, long for a Tiffany, and for showing me I can write too. And for leading me inevitably towards Haldol and Blue Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life, by Melody Moezzi – which in turn helped me see more clearly what mental illness looks like, knowing that it’s OK to ask for help, and encouraging us to laugh through all the realizations and discoveries Melody made along her way.
  7. The Bhagavad Gita – for showing more clearly how similar all faith traditions are in their essence
  8. The Gift of Imperfection, by Brene Brown – for bringing back gratitude & joy and promoting Authenticity; and for being a simply Remarkable Book, which helped me adopt a new way of thinking, and a new vocabulary. And for leading me to Brene’s latest book – Daring Greatly.
  9. Wonder, by R. J. Palacio – for allowing me to hope that compassion in our schools might just be contagious?
  10. 365 days with Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks – because sometimes you simply need MORE than just one day with Rumi.
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