On Gratitude

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ― Melody Beattie

6 Years? You’ve Come a Long Way Baby!

The first therapist I worked with loved to torment me with moments of silence. I say torment because, for many of us, sitting with that kind of Nothingness is difficult. We immediately want to fill Nothingness up—with Busyness or Somethingness or Stuffness. We like to fill Nothingness up with cookies! Cookies or cigarettes, alcohol, television, […]

Uncharted Territory

Mermaids. Lovers Island. Gull Rocks. Umbrella Islands. Sounds enchanting, doesn’t it? I have been here before. On white-knuckle rides with wakes that crash onto shores and startle gulls. There is no romance to rocks at that speed. But we took a slower pace, me and this man who breathes water like I breathe air. As […]

On Thanksgiving

There is a bittersweetness about this day So much for which to be grateful. so very much Heads bowed, we call out thanks enumerate for gods and kin: …..the gift of a full and prosperous year …..the conversation of beloved friends …..the meeting of kindred spirits …..the wonder of natural spaces …..the beauty of the […]

Friday Gratitude

Today I am grateful for the refresher course in Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements. These simple statements create a ripple effect of understanding, compassion and grace, both internally and externally, as we lead by example. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak […]