"In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy." Brother David Steindl-Rast

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Don't be afraid.

Today I am grateful for a weekend at home and a nice visit with my friend Betsy yesterday.

The quote below flows right with the one I posted about yesterday:

"This is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid."
(Frederick Buechner)

Being seriously alive means having courage. And acceptance. And an open mind and heart. It means taking risks of the small variety each day. Pushing myself beyond my comfort zone and trying things I may fail at are not scary prospects like they used to be. At least, not as scary.

Today, on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., we are reminded of the terrible things that can happen. But the beautiful is here too. The coming daylight and sunrise. Time with a loved one. Being able to walk up and down stairs to do household chores.

Take some healthy risks today. Walk with faith and courage, and find some gratitude. Walk into the day. Don't be afraid.

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