Posts Tagged ‘appreciation’

On Being Thankful…

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Sometimes it is hard for us to remember that there is so much to be thankful for…in a world where there are economic, social, political and personal problems on a daily basis, many of which we cannot escape being thrown in our faces through media and social media….BUT…

Although it may be difficult at times to focus on the positive and wonderful parts of this world and our lives, Thanksgiving gives each one of us pause to reflect on the things for which we are thankful.

Here is my list of things that every one of us can be thankful – you can of course add your own details but there is no excuse to NOT be thankful for the following:

1. Breath

2. Love (self love and the love of others)

3. Health

4. Nature (sky, air, trees, flowers, animals, water, go crazy here but there is beauty everywhere)

5. Laughter (if you don’t have this in your life, or not enough, find it!)

6. Relationships (people, animals, memories)

Ok so I know this list is very broad in scope, but since I didn’t think anyone wanted to hear my personal details I thought this was a great way to get you to start filling in the blanks. There is not one person who cannot be thankful – whether they are ill or homeless or lost everything important…we are here for such a short time and if we do not make the most of each moment we are not truly living. It starts with appreciating breath and loving ourselves. If we have that we can make our lives beautiful.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! To my family, friends, clients, colleagues and acquaintances – you all inspire me to grow, achieve and to make my life better on a daily basis, and for that I thank you. To all of you, I wish you a beautiful holiday and beyond.


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Daily Life Lessons

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

I had a wonderful holiday weekend wth my family, and it got me thinking about the lessons the holidays- Passover and Easter – can teach us. Both honor freedom, rebirth, involve family gatherings and being thankful. These are great opportunities for us to teach our children about what is truly important in life, and provide reminders for us as well. Let’s take a look at some of the important lessons we can learn:

1. Be kind. Holidays always involve kindness, as we all gather together and share a meal. I always tell my children that kindness is the best quality one can possess. Carrying over that wonderful feeling you have during the holidays to every day make you feel good and invites more positive energy into your life.

2. Spend time with family. My favorite part of any holiday is to spend time with my family. This is what it’s all about, what’s really important in life. If we don’t have connections, we lose our sense of self. There is nothing in life more important.

3. Appreciate. On holidays, as with any time we spend with loved ones and take time to relax, we tend to be reminded of how lucky we are, of how much we have to be thankful for. It’s easy to forget to feel appreciative once we get back into our normal routines. But setting aside a time every day to feel appreciation is a great idea, and will also keep you happier.

4. Be strong. Don’t forget the happy feelings you have over the holidays, and take time each day to be with those you love and enjoy a bit of relaxation.

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9/11 Anniversary Message

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

I woke this morning and watched the memorial services in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania, contemplating the enormity of the attacks of 9/11/2001, and what they meant to us as a nation and as individuals. As I the names of those who died were read, with the beauty of the World Trade Center memorial in the background; as I listened to Vice President Joe Biden give a heartfelt speech about the resiliency of America; as images of that day were superimposed onto images of the peaceful skyline of lower Manhattan today…I felt such a mix of emotions.

Bringing back those memories – the utter disbelief, the horror, the sadness, the anger…the realization that we are not invincible – has an effect on every person. Yes, we need to be thankful for the beauty in our lives, for those we love, for those with whom we were lucky enough to be with, whether it was for a moment or many years. We have to still strive for love, above all else, because once we give up on love we distance ourselves from the greatest joy life has to offer.

I am humbled by the sacrifices that so many make for American freedom. I am in awe over the unity and brotherly love that grew from the dark ashes of death and destruction. I hope that we all carry in our hearts the appreciation for what we have, for what America stands for, and that we don’t ever forget September 11, 2001. It is not only history, it is a clear message to us all to be amazed at and thankful for what we have been given…not just today, but every single day.


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The Secrets to a Good Life (as Learned from Lori)

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Today would have been my sister-in-law Lori’s 51st birthday. She was that person you knew who was always full of life, always laughing, creating, joking, happy. She loved to play pranks on her friends, to decorate and remodel homes, to plan. She was an amazing photographer, wife, mother, sister and friend. What I loved most about Lori was her attitude. She always saw the bright side of things. She didn’t harbor regret or bad feelings toward others, never held a grudge, but truly understood that life was meant to be lived. She was one of the rare ones.

Losing Lori was a reminder that life is precious. We are all subjected to this message in our lives, and it can change the way we view life for a moment, for eternity, or somewhere in between. It is how you let it affect you that counts. When things are going well for us we don’t tend to dwell on the “what if’s,” but when we hit a bumpy spot in the road we react – it is how we react that can change the course of our lives.

Here is what I learned from Lori:

* If you are bored, paint the walls and rearrange the furniture.

* If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on traveling, plan where you will go once you do.

* If you need a change, cut your hair.

* If you want to do something/be something/go somewhere and cannot, dream.

* (My favorite) No matter how hard life becomes, laugh.

Nothing in life should be so  hard as to make us want to quit or give up, because, as Lori truly understood, life is what you make it. We create it as we go, and she sure did, up until the last minute. I love you, Lori.


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