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Patsy

I shared in the cooking of Thanksgiving dinner this year. I tried a new braised cabbage with apples dish that was new to me. My cooking partner liked it so well she wanted a copy of the recipe. I, also, made cranberry sauce sweetened with maple and agave syrups.

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Choosing Not to be Tripped Up

I recently found myself double-booked for the same timeframe by entirely separate, unrelated events which just happened to take place 50 yards from each other. I knew they were both to occur on the same day, but I expected they would be consecutive, not simultaneous. Imangine how stressed I could have felt when I found that the second one which I expected to be from 5ish to 7ish was actually from 4-6, right on top of the 3:30 – 5:30 event next door. Instead, I chose to focus on how lucky I was that the events were close by, how easy it would be to begin at one, move to the next and perhaps even travel back and forth a few times if need be. I chose to take a deep breath and find the place of gratitude to work from and it made all the difference. The 4-6 event is one in which my voluntary services were needed. The other event was obligatory but not one of need – there were many dozens of others to fill the needs there. It was not hard to choose where to spend the bulk of my time. At the end of the evening I was exhausted but not stressed.

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artist/writer

There is a man who runs the coffee stand at the county courthouse who has a massive smile and always greets customers with it and a positive message. I hadn’t seen him in nearly two years so when I did, I felt compelled to say thank you to him for his warm supportive demeanor. He attempted to brush off the compliment in a humble manner. I insisted that the kindness he showed to me had a beneficial effect on my court proceedings.he said, ” only kind people remember kindness.” once again impressed, I asked to take his picture. In exchange he asked for my hand to hold. He is without sight. He embraced my hand and said that he will recognize me by the warm, loving energy of my hand.

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Caring Neighbor

Recently my husband and I celebrated our 55th birthday. It was just the two of us, but we had a lovely dinner out, and then came home. As we were walking our dog in the early evening, we encountered one of our neighbors, and told him it was our anniversary…he was truly amazed it was #55, and wished us well. A couple of hour later, the doorbell rang, and here was our neighbor, Bob, with a beautiful cake with the message “Wow” #55. We were really quite overcome with this, as we don’t know him all that well. And, since we didn’t have dessert after dinner, it was a real treat for us. You just never know when a special blessing will occur.

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Patty

I traveled alone in 2000 as a homeless women through WA and Oregon not knowing where I would sleep much of the time. I felt very blessed with God’s beauty and felt protected with the prayers of my congregation.

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Beauty

We need to remind ourselves of the oft quoted but sage advice that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”–despite any difficult circumstances that may have come our way, we have the gift of choice, the gift of self determination. In turn, weaving in those two realities, allows us to chose to allow the positive and reinforcing the beauty all around us; that includes ourselves. If we allow that we have things of beauty ourselves, we can be sensitive and generous in seeing our brothers and sisters as God’s gift to us, and act accordingly. Just think of all the decreased headaches we would have…
patricia

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Beauty

Everyday the rising of the sun poses us in the midst of God’s beauty. As I rise with the sun, I am thankful that I too, am a petal within the midst of God’s beauty; therefore, I am beauty and responsibly for sharing with others, some of the beauty that God has breathed into me.

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flight attendant

At work people can find all the negatives of our jobs and it is easy to chime in. I try and focus on the positives of how lucky I am to have a job, meet lost of people, and go places that I might not usually go. I try and walk away and help someone when I am feeling sorry for myself. There will always be someone more fortunate and less fortunate than me. I choose the half full glass!

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Loving Self In Spite of Self

In comparison to others, I’ve had a very lucky life, although not completely without pain. I know that it is not right to rest on laurels without trying to help others not so fortunate I’m trying to learn about respecting the diversity and stories of others. In so learning, I sometimes blurt out stupid questions or comments without first thinking of the impact they’ll have on others. I feel so stupid about this! I feel that I will forever be an immature rube. I want to step back and remain with my own “kind” as a result. I can’t do this. I am trying to love the part of me that seeks kindness, compassion and change. I’m trying to understand the part of me that needs to grow. Thanks, Robert; this post about loving self in spite of or because of self was just the inspiration I needed for (another) fresh start.

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Difficult Situations

When I’m faced with a difficult situation I remember the anonymous saying “if your life is free of failures, you’re not taking enough risks.” I also think of Robert’s soothing words of love and compassion that moves mountains. Thanks for all that you do in the world and thanks for being part of my journey, Robert.

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