How often do you really look at yourself in the mirror? Not just how your hair looks, or to shave or do some other habit of grooming, but look yourself in the eye and really see who is looking back. This is a daunting thing to do because you just may see something you didn’t expect, darkness.
Equal Parts are There
All people contain within themselves the ability to love deeply, show compassion, help their fellow-man and give completely to virtual strangers. There is also the capacity to be petty, mean-spirited, selfish, and discriminatory without too much coaxing. Read more...(901 words, 15 images, estimated 3:36 mins reading time)
In every person’s life, there are days that you remember because of their long term effect on your existence. I am no different. There are days in the year that serve to remind me of those moments. When my life changed so dramatically that it could never possibly be the same again. What had been my life was over and what was coming next was totally unknown and unpredictable. The pieces of my life were shattered beyond repair and no matter how they were put back together they would never be the same again. Read more...(559 words, 4 images, estimated 2:14 mins reading time)
There are few things that make me feel as great inside and out as the autumn of the year. Living in a legitimate four seasons area, a person is fortunate to see all of the positives and negatives that each time of year provides. Each has a list of positives and negatives but the one that makes me happiest is fall. Read more...(614 words, 14 images, estimated 2:27 mins reading time)
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” – Abraham Lincoln
This famous quote by Abraham Lincoln was given well over a hundred years ago and I believe that it can be directly applied today, to the reason we do not have peace in the world. When it comes to war, hatred and discrimination of any kind there first has to exist a feeling of separation in one’s mind. A cognitive judgment that a person places on another to exclude them from themselves and their lives. Read more...(801 words, 9 images, estimated 3:12 mins reading time)
“Everyone who has the will, can her their inner voice. It is within everyone.” Gandhi
Today I am particularly grateful for my inner voice and the fact that I am learning to listen to it.
Turn Down the Noise
Each of our minds are a nonstop factory of thought. All of our waking hours there are new thoughts being created, old thoughts being revisited and other people’s thoughts being entertained. We can’t help but to think, it is the job of the mind. Read more...(492 words, 5 images, estimated 1:58 mins reading time)
This is the end of the Super Gratitude Project on my website, it has been 31 days of nonstop gratitude. I have looked for things to be grateful about and fortunately it hasn’t been all that hard. For the final day I decided to express my gratitude for the entire year and all of the people I met. They changed my life! Read more...(554 words, 11 images, estimated 2:13 mins reading time)
There are few things that I have done in life which were both restrictive and freeing all at once. Writing is one of them. After a short hiatus and much soul searching, I have found that returning to this genre is the right thing for me to do personally.
Anyone who writes their thoughts and publishes them has the hope that there will be a connection made somewhere, that someone will “get It” and understand the emotion that you were feeling and the thoughts that they provoked. Sometimes words are like an electricity that I can’t stop from flowing and through this medium, my electrical flow has been touched by so many others. Read more...(289 words, 2 images, estimated 1:09 mins reading time)
It is Day 30 of the Super Gratitude Challenge which means, only one more day to go. Today I am going write about how grateful I am for the experience of having a great family. Not everything in my life was perfect but there are a lot of things to be grateful for and I want to share just a few.
I was fortunate to have a relationship with all of my grandparents, which was unique and I treasure. I also had the great good fortune of knowing all but one of my great grandparents as well. This extended family connection allowed me to be spoiled and feel like I was the center of a lot of people’s lives. Read more...(540 words, 5 images, estimated 2:10 mins reading time)
As I move to Day 27 of my Super Gratitude Project I would be remiss if I didn’t show my gratitude for the experience of blogging itself. I have been fortunate enough to fall into this strange little world and it has truly been a wonderful rabbit hole experience. Read more...(1026 words, 15 images, estimated 4:06 mins reading time)
Today I am expressing my gratitude for Growing up in Greenville, Maine. There have been few influences on my life greater than this. The foundation of who I am today was built on the streets, in the school, in my home and with the people I shared the experience with.
Small Town To Say the Least, Greenville, Maine
Greenville was and is a very small town, but it was the only town I knew as home as a child. There are two sides of the coin when you Read more...(831 words, 5 images, estimated 3:19 mins reading time)
It seemed like there should be a mention of the gratitude I have for the down times, the darkness, and the sorrows of life.
Why am I grateful for these things? Well, really there is no other choice because these things are going to exist whether I am grateful for them or not. But when you think about it the presence of difficulties and hardships are a vital part of the journey. They reveal much about ourselves, what we are really made off and force us to grow. Read more...(479 words, 5 images, estimated 1:55 mins reading time)
Reaching Day 15 of my Super Duper Gratitude Project has brought me to a topic that I face each and every day. I am grateful for the fact that I am able to be creative. The writing process is the place where I find most of my creative outlet, but it is not the only one I have tried. It may be the only one I care to share but creativity in any medium can free up your mind and allow you to become more productive, expressive and even happier. Read more...(666 words, 4 images, estimated 2:40 mins reading time)
Day 11 of my special gratitude project has me thinking of music. Music plays such a big part in most peoples lives, it is no different to me. The music sets the mood and can latch on to a memory and allow you to be transported to a particular place and time simply by hearing the notes. I almost always put a song at the end of every post, not because they need it, but it makes it better to read if you listen to the song as you read. Try it. Read more...(783 words, 11 images, estimated 3:08 mins reading time)
Now as we move on in the super gratitude project I am going to say that Day 9 is upon us. Today I am expressing my gratitude for the opportunity that each day brings and the fact that I am looking for it.
Focus on What you Have
So many times in life, it is easy to focus on the things that we are lacking. Fame, money, a brand new black supercharged Ford Mustang. All of these things can make our life seem like it isn’t what it should be. Yet the facts are indisputable and can’t be changed, in the dawn of each new day exists the infinite possibility of accomplishment. Read more...(442 words, 3 images, estimated 1:46 mins reading time)
It should not be difficult to look at ones friends and to feel an overwhelming gratitude. For me that is certainly the case. Friendship isn’t a relationship that you can buy or force anyone to participate in, it is a connection over a shared experience that binds you to that other person in a positive way. I think that the right positive friendships in life can enhance your life. At this point, I have come to realize that all friends are not created equal, but all friendships are a valuable thing, and here are my thoughts on why. Read more...(1038 words, 8 images, estimated 4:09 mins reading time)
Gratitude Day 3- In much of my adult life there was a voice inside of me that had no expression. There were thoughts that were forced to lay dormant and unexpressed, feeling no life except for the minuscule moments that thought sparked a light on them, only to see them cast back into the darkness from which they so hopefully emerged.
My voice, for whatever reason could not speak these thoughts or express the feelings they evoked, for many years this was the game, until one day, I found that I had another voice. This voice was not an uttered word, but a written one. Read more...(456 words, 9 images, estimated 1:49 mins reading time)
Gratitude Project – The lessons that nature teaches us are on display all around us each and every day. All we have to do is listen and being fortunate enough to live in an area the has a distinct four seasons, I am lucky to experience these changes and I am grateful for it. Read more...(706 words, 11 images, estimated 2:49 mins reading time)
Day 2 of Gratitude project- When I look back on my gratitude journals for the past year, I am continually grateful for the delicious cup of coffee I am usually enjoying at the time I am contemplating all that I am feeling grateful for. Yet I think it is more than that. Read more...(519 words, 6 images, estimated 2:05 mins reading time)