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What’s one of your favorite Thanksgiving memories?

What’s one of your favorite Thanksgiving memories?

I was thinking about this today, thinking about this Thanksgiving and remembering a very special Thanksgiving when I was young. It’s still one of my favorite memories and I am fortunate to have lots of them.

I think I was around 5 years old and it was the night before Thanksgiving.

A big truck pulled up to our house and seven or so of my dad’s friends all came into our dining room. They started to bring in boxes of food, veggies, turkeys, and cans and all sorts of stuff was piled up everywhere. Then, my dad pulled out a long list and all the men started filling the boxes from this list. I knew some of the men, but not all of them.

Of course I asked what it was all about.

My dad told me this was a list from the priests and ministers and rabbi from our town of all the people who may not have enough money to have a good Thanksgiving dinner. So he and his friends got donations of food and money from stores and people to fill these boxes so everyone could have a great Thanksgiving.

I asked to help and I got to count out the potatoes and put them in the right boxes. They kept talking and laughing and working until there were piles of boxes filled with food in the living room and dining room.

Once the boxes were packed they took out a map and put it on the table. My dad explained that they were figuring out the best roads to take so they could deliver everything.

When I asked him who the families were, he smiled and said, “We don’t know. We ask the priests and rabbi not to give us their names, just their addresses so they won’t feel funny or embarrassed that they don’t have enough food this year.

I know my eye must have been wide open at this point. Then he said, “We drive to their house, put the food on the porch or front step. Then we ring the bell and drive away.”

I was in awe. I didn’t know what to say, but I was so proud of him.

They took all of the boxes to the truck and came back in to say goodbye.
Then I looked at all the men in my house and saw they had hats on. I’d never seen those hats before and so I asked one of the men what they were.

He said, “We are veterans and these are the hats we wore when we fought for our country.”

I looked again and all the men smiled. They wore their hats, stood taller and looked at me. And my dad said, “You know, we all just really like to help.”

Then they left laughing and joking and got into the truck and drove away.

I’m tearing up right now, remembering that band of brothers in my house making Thanksgiving for people they would never really know.

Thank you Dad, and all your friends for a simple memory that still moves and inspires me today!

What’s one of your favorite Thanksgiving memories?

 

 

Stop In The Name Of Love

Have you ever said something you wish you could take back?

You said a little more than you should or said something by mistake and now it’s too late. And you kept on talking, kept on putting your foot in your mouth.

Maybe you hurt someone, inadvertently or even intentionally and you just wish you hadn’t! And for whatever reason, you had to continue to explain, even though you knew it wasn’t getting any better. The momentum of saying what you were feeling or thinking was stronger than your better judgment or your compassion at the time.

Don’t you wish you just caught yourself and stopped?

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Everyday is a new beginning, but it’s still the same old you.

every day is a new beginning

Everyday is a new beginning. Yippee!

I know you probably heard that one before, right, that every day is new?

You’ve probably heard it often, in every platitude, telling you that you can start fresh and be open and have more possibilities. People have quoted it to you. They sent it as a seemingly profound tweet to motivate you or inspire you.

Everyday is a new beginning.
Feel better? HA!

It doesn’t really look like it though, does it?
It doesn’t look like today is a new beginning. It may be a new morning and the dawn has risen and the skies may look different, but it feels just like more of the same. You have your lists from yesterday. You have your ideas from childhood. Continue reading

Celebrate Moments Of Peace

Celebrate Moments of Peace

Celebrate Moments of Peace

On a recent trip to California, our stay was full of meetings and appointments.  The time just flew. We visited with several of my clients and it was fun to work with them in person. Peter and I took a tour of a great recording studio that he is going book to produce and record one of his clients. We really accomplished a lot during that trip.

At last, were ready to take some time and just chill. We had just the right amount of time to relax and have coffee and share a desert by the marina. As we sat looking over the water with the palm trees waving in the breeze, the peace that filled us was serene. This photo is what we looked out upon as we smiled and indulged in the double chocolate cake with fresh raspberries.

Take Time for Peace

One secret to fulfilling your soul expression is taking time and making time for peace. We all need time to breathe, to muse and to connect with spirit. Taking time allows you to experience depths of being and embrace life. By making time to take to celebrate moments of peace, we had time to smile, to breathe and to luxuriate in shared moments together.

In this moment, right now, I invite you to embrace this meditation and celebrate a moment of peace.

Celebrate Moments Of Peace Meditation

Take a slow deep breath.
Imagine yourself sitting by this beautiful marina.
Feel the cool breeze and warm air gently moving.
Listen to the soft sounds of water splashing.
See the light shimmering in ripples across the waters.

Take another slow deep breath.
Celebrate this moment of peace. Enjoy the calm and ease of this one moment and let it fill you with serenity.

Take another slow deep breath.
Open your soul to the beauty revealed in this moment.
Open your soul to the beauty revealed in every moment.

Now,  just do what’s next to do. Take the next step, and celebrate this peace.

May these precious moments will bring you a lifetime of wealth.

Love is a Realm we enter

Loveisarealm

Last night I was thinking about LOVE.

I was seriously thinking about How truly inspiring, powerful and transformative love is in our lives and in our world.

We can care so deeply and profoundly about another person. We can share our lives together for years and in this relationship, in this love, we can find goodness, beauty, heart and even more reasons to love them now than we did before.
This is breath-taking.

I was thinking about the wonder of love, that this bond, emotion and vibration can lift us beyond our own singular expression and we can join an intimate world of another person’s thoughts, story, visions and goals and truly want them to achieve their dreams and even more. Continue reading