Gratitude Day 18: Forgiveness

A big word deserving of a few big gulps.  Forgiveness is an action requiring people to swallow their pride, overlook offenses, get over themselves, see others for who they truly are and learn to accept them for such. There’s a saying you may have heard, ’forgive and forget’. I know what you’re thinking, it’s from…

Gratitude Day 17: Joy

“When we light another’s way we light our own as well.” This quote surrounded by white lights sits at a house in my neighborhood during the Christmas holiday. I shared before how I love to laugh, I love to be happy. Who doesn’t want to be happy?  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. Outside things…

Gratitude Day 16: Progress

What is progress?  Move forward or onward. Progress (progressive), not to be confused with the insurance company, is one of those buzz words like diversity, equity, and inclusion people use to describe the change or at least their awareness of the meaning. The problem with progress is the measuring meter.  There are many examples to…

Gratitude Day 15: I Didn’t Go Off On Anyone Today

When someone comes at, approaches, speaks to, addresses you in a disrespectful manner time and time again, it is difficult to refrain from ‘going off’ giving them a piece of your mind, or as the women in my culture do, give them that have you lost your (fill in the blank) mind look and proceed…

Gratitude Day 14: Encouragement

I am grateful to people who offer me encouragement.  As I completed the last two posts, a couple of people near and dear to my heart were going through traumatic circumstances. When I received the news as to what was going on my heart sank down to the pit of my stomach. I couldn’t believe…

Gratitude Day 13: Laughter

Laughter is good medicine~ My family and I love to laugh.  Everyone in our household has their comedic moments where we’re sitting in silence and someone says something off the wall, the rest of us look at each other like, what did they just say and bust out laughing to the point where even the…

Gratitude Day 12: Friends

Friends, how many of us have them? Friends, ones we can depend on? Friends, how many of us have them?  Friends, before we go any further. The rap group Whodini came out in the early eighties.  They had cuts like Five Minutes of Funk and The Freaks Come Out At Night but the one that…

Gratitude Day 11: Protection

As we honor our veterans today I can’t help but meditate on protection and how there are times we’re unknowingly sheltered from danger.  When the enemy is lurking in the shadow ready to attack, when the weapons form but nothing comes of it.  Then there are times we know without doubt protection has come our…

Gratitude Day 10: The Beach

I would not consider myself a nature-girl.  I don’t hike, fish, camp, ski or whatever. I tried them, not my thing. One place I love to be, however, is the beach. A room with a view for me is a necessity, not a commodity.  I need to fall asleep and wake up seeing this indescribable…

Gratitude Day 9: Shelter

Yesterday, I briefly mentioned a project our summer camp students participated in surrounding homelessness. My topic today coincides perfectly.  Years and years ago I myself experienced being without a home. I will never forget that feeling.  I am not ashamed of my journey.  It is what makes me who I am.   Long before that…