Tuesday, August 25

Sources of Joy... 8/25/15

  Gratitudes for Today:
1.  For life-long friends.  I spoke with Stuart today. I've known him since I was 23.  He provided perspective about issues irritating me.  I was in a serious mood.

     He inserted his wry humor. It
annoyed me. But I knew it was his loving way of bringing me back to reality. Thank God, for him. Right, he was.  I needed to lighten up.
2.  For rest. As the school year begins, it creates changes for several clients who are teachers or students. The rescheduling of session times gives me bonus time for feeling, relaxing and making deposits into my love bank.

    When given the opportunity to do so, I take it.  I am the only person on earth who can make my welfare my number one priority.
3.  For connecting with God. I am simply a beggar who points out, for those interested,  how we can enjoy a life that exceeds our expectations.
Nothing special about me.  My luck was discovering, at fourteen, a cache of bread that allows anyone who eats it to have a life full of wonder, inner strength and quiet calmness during stressful times. They will know a life greater than whatever they could think or ask.

       My spiritual journey offers wholeness.  It is unlike anything we manufacture with our resources, be it our charm, intelligence, talents or charisma.  Any success or inward healing I know is not related to my abilities.  My confidence is not a result of my willpower, trusting in my strength.

       It is fantastic, connecting with God.  He provides strength and direction, when I am beaten down or in a maelstrom of emotionally difficult circumstances.
4.  For the fact that I am fine just as I am, mending from a broken wrist and all.
5.  I am thankful for the recovery perspective: "Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?"  Without recovery, it's hard yielding to another, when I am certain I am right.

    That's how egotistical I can be.  Loving another is more important than insisting on my way, every time.  It's helpful remembering the meaning of my name.

6.  I love life. I luxuriate in the many who love me and whom I love.  I believe I am the wealthiest man in the world. Really.

     Why?  Because I do not see life from a horizontal perspective, despite the media efforts, trying to convince me what to believe and value.  No, I view life vertically, living by standards that have inspired and strengthened me since fourteen.
7.  I read the story about Alexander to someone this weekend. Not surprisingly, I cried.  I am glad for being in touch with my feelings---not stuffing them.
8.  I'm getting additional training in Sacramento, starting in two weeks. I can always improve.

How About You? 
What are your three gratitudes for today?
May your Wednesday, fill you with joy and gratitude,

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