Posts Tagged ‘love’

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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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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Love or Hate: It’s Your Choice

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

This could be a controversial post but in light of the controversy that has surfaced from Glenn Beck’s Washington, D.C. rally (on the same day that Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech), I thought it an appropriate time to address the issue of racism and respect in this country.

I am angry that racism exists; I will always be angry that there are people in this world who hate. Hate is a powerful emotion that can destroy people and cause violence and destruction. It is an emotion that is not natural, one that does not take into consideration that one person is no different, no more special, no more human, than another. It defies the notion that we are all equal. How can someone believe he is more entitled than the person standing next to him?

I have tried to teach my children that hate is wrong, but in school there are children who make racist comments all the time. My kids have experienced this. What do you think these children will grow up thinking? Is it really considered “cool” to insult people based on race or religion or differences in appearance? I would think we have come too far as a nation to raise our children to disrespect others, don’t you? But it is happening in our neighborhoods, our schools, even our own homes! Part of growing up is questioning: if kids are taught something is wrong, yet they hear it and see it when they are around other kids, don’t you think that they will question it? Or at least consider why this thing they were taught is so “wrong” is no big deal to many others? What kind of a message does this send?

Have we as a nation not learned anything from the Nazis, from the fighting between the Israelis and Palestinians, from the troubles in Iran and Iraq, from the drug lords of Southn America and Mexico who murder innocent people on a whim for being in the wrong place, from the terrorists who blew up the twin towers and killed thousands of innocent people? What will it take to make people realize that we all need to respect each other, to honor differences even if we don’t agree, to get along? After all, isn’t that the point of a democracy?

I know this is a heavy topic for a blog post, and one that I am sure will generate a lot of commentary (even it if is not written), but come on everyone! To see change we need to be change! Kids need to be raised to respect each other. While everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, and those with power like Glenn Beck can draw hundreds of thousands out to listen to his views, we need to start in our own homes, in our own schools, churches and neighborhoods.

Thinking that your actions cannot make a difference is like pledging to accept hate, and saying it’s ok that these things occur. You don’t have to be a star, politician, talk show host or even have deep pockets to make a difference. Change often starts small. So stand up against hatred and small-mindedness. You CAN make a difference.

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