Category Archives: Gratitude

How To Begin Being More Thankful


Gratitude, like love, is best defined not as a feeling, but as something so much more and different: as a choice, a behavior, an attitude, as a way of seeing things, as a way of perceiving and thinking about things. … Continue reading

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The Way To Begin Loving Anything More


. . “The way to begin loving anything is to realize that it might be lost.” – G. K. Chesterton This is a great way to begin growing (up) as a human being: to begin really reflecting on how fragile we … Continue reading

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Love, the Feeling, versus Love, the Capacity (Immature Love versus Mature Love, part 2)


. A properly (or fully) developed human being is a Loving human being. Love, ultimately, is a capacity. A capacity that develops as the result of developing many other capacities and virtues and behavioral predispositions. Some of these are of … Continue reading

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The Real Meaning of “Carpe Diem” (The bus *will* stop)


. “It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth—and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, … Continue reading

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Happy Festivus, Momastery!


. . Ah, Festivus! That non-holiday holiday for the rest of us that features “the airing of grievances.” And on this Festivus Eve, I have a grievance that I want to air: Glennon Doyle Melton doesn’t really love Jesus. She … Continue reading

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*DO* Carpe Diem


. *DO* Carpe Diem (& *Do* Hug Your Children & Spouse More, and *Do* Begin Much More Often with the End in Mind) . . “The way to begin loving anything is to realize that it might be lost.” …… … Continue reading

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The Problem with Thanksgiving (or “Why Every Day Should Be Thanksgiving”)


. First off, this will not be a curmudgeonly tough-minded rant where I rage rage against how commercialize things are at this time of year and how “Black Friday” is starting earlier and earlier, so much so that it is now encroaching more and … Continue reading

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Happiness


. “Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every moment with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley Think about it. Think about that quote. I recognize that I’m just another voice in this online wilderness of millions and millions … Continue reading

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How Do You Know When You’re Truly Ready to Be Part of a Deeply Loving Relationship?


Sonnets to Orpheus II, 13 – Rainer Maria Rilke Be ahead of all parting, as if it had already happened, like a winter which even now is passing. For beneath this winter is a winter so endless that to survive … Continue reading

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The Hardest Arithmetic to Master (What If Today We Were Just More Grateful?)


I posted this on one of my other blogs today . . . http://fullcatastropheliving.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/what-if-today-we-were-more-grateful/ It’s about increasing our level of gratefulenss and appreciation, but if we do that, we will invariably increase our capacity to Love as well, so, ultimately, … Continue reading

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