"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

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Good Revealed

Today I am grateful for phones that connect me across the miles with people I care about. I am also grateful for our kitchen and the food we can prepare there.

And for these words from Emily Dickinson:

Hope inspires the good to reveal itself.

As I watch the beautiful sunrise this morning, I feel hopeful. I am also exhausted. More emotionally and mentally than physically and spiritually.

My sister's recent cancer diagnosis and pending treatment, my cousin's memorial service, my mom getting closer to a move to the nursing home, my friend's grief and pain, a newly sober alcoholic's raw cravings. . . these are some of the things in my realm of experience lately.

But I have taken the time to exercise, meditate, practice gratitude. Those choices have allowed some hope to remain and grow, have allowed the good to be revealed. The good is I am not alone and I am loved. 

We get up each day and can make it through with faith and the love and support of others. Today I will reveal the good by extending kindness to others.

I will be taking a blog break until early next week. Until then, aspire to do good, spread hope.

6 comments:

  1. You and yours are in my prayers.

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    1. Thank you Steve. It's been a tough stretch lately. I know without a doubt though that my gratitude practice has given me strength and energy.

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  2. Lovely quote and helpful words. Thank you!

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  3. Emily Dickinson has much to say about hope. "Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul . . . " Thanks!

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  4. You have such cool quotes to share. Thanks for sharing!
    Gratitude Journal

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    1. Thank you! I get many of them from www.gratefulness.org. You can sign up for daily emails and get the "Word for the Day."

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