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Heart Full of Gratitude

No matter how much gratitude we already express in our lives, there is always still room to grow it. Gratitude is a form of love, and love is infinite. Gratitude affirms our belief in a good and abundant universe.

With our gratitude for other people. we build bridges of love and acceptance. When we look around at our own environments and are thankful for what we have, we open the magic doorway for more to come to us.

When you think “I am grateful for”, what is the first thing that pops into your mind right in this moment? Big or small, it is all important within the context of gratitude.

I am so grateful that our black Bombay cat, who was lost much of this past week, came home on Friday. His absence made me very aware of what a big heart center he is in our home. He is a rescue cat who we adopted just before COVID struck, and he has really helped us through this difficult time. I do believe he arrived in our lives to make being cooped up more bearable. After last week’s absence, never again will I feel resentful of his (sometimes as early as) 5 a.m. wake-up call yowling!

P.S. I was emphatically informed that although I had permission to share my little story, as he does not do public appearances, I would have to use a body double photo. That’s a bit confusing to me, as isn’t temporarily running away from home “making a public appearance”? Anyway, anyone who has a cat in their life will understand completely. 😉


Inspirational Quotes

“When one has a grateful heart, life is so beautiful.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” ~ Randy Pausch

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The Life We Love

There are two essential things, I believe, which bring happiness to people. One is to love and be loved. The other is to feel productive, to have a sense of purpose in life.

If we are lucky, we do work that we love. If we do not love our work (I have been
there, done that, and likely most of us have at some point in our lives), nonetheless, there is satisfaction in the expending of energy to build a life.

Building a life. Within the current scenario in society right now, let’s not lose sight of our desire, and our right, to build lives that we love. Much of our sense of fulfillment is rooted in our deep human drives.

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Living Your Passion

The every day grind has this way of zapping our enthusiasm for life. Consider the term “hump day”, coined for the midpoint (Wednesday for many) of the workweek, the light at the end of that long, dark tunnel to the next day off. And particularly the past year and half in all this viral muddle, we are struggling to overcome the inertia of “life on pause”.

What best generates your enthusiasm for living? For myself, I would say it is something to aim for, a passion, a purpose. I’m happiest when I am being creative and working towards a goal.

Are you living your most passionate life? If not, what is there in you that would light a spark to do that? After all, your life’s too short and precious to not live it enthusiastically and passionately, each and every day! It’s time to create your magical life.

For more reading, you’ll find some brilliant insights and suggestions in this article: What to do when you lose all your enthusiasm.


Inspirational Quotes:

“Enthusiasm can help you find the new doors, but it takes passion to open them. If you have a strong purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.” ~ Steve Marabol

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ~ Nelson Mandela

“Life is an adventure of passion, risk, danger, laughter, beauty, love; a burning curiosity to go with the action to see what it is all about, to go search for a pattern of meaning, to burn one’s bridges because you’re never going to go back anyway, and to live to the end.” ~ Saul D. Alinsky


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Myth of Happy Endings

I just revisited a great story called Message in a Bottle, written by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks. Although it is essentially a romance drama, it does not have the happy ending we yearn for in a romantic story. This would be a let-down for some readers, because we cling tenaciously to the idea of happy endings, particularly in love.

The whole idea of the happy ending ties into my last post, Courage to Love. So if indeed love does not always work out in the way we hope for, why have courage to love at all?

The idea of the classic happy ending is very superficial and one-dimensional within the context of our infinite souls. The happy ending suggests a destination in this particular life, a utopian ideal of what love “should be”, rather than what it is.

What it IS is our opportunity to learn from each other. In the case of Message in a Bottle, there is so obvious learning and growth for the two main characters, Theresa and Garrett. Their ability to love better and deeper expands. For any reader or viewer (it is a movie too) who is able to let go of their need for the cliché happy ending, it is an immensely satisfying story.

There are many types of love, not just the ones with romantic partners. Check out this article for more on that: The Ancient Greeks’ 6 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Change Your Life)

What loves have you encountered in your life and what did you learn from them? (This is very personal, so I’m not fishing for comments.) The point of the question is, that when we realize the beauty, depth, and learning with each love encounter and are able to heal the wounds associated with an “unhappy ending”, we grow and have the courage to invite more love in.

Within the context of our infinite selves, this could be deemed as “happy without end”.


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Courage to Love

How much love you have in your life, how much you express, it is all up to you. The wonderful thing about love is, the more you give it, the more it expands and comes right back to you.

Have the courage to love, in all kinds of ways, in every direction. Many of our most important life lessons are around love. Our hearts crave to love and be loved.

There are many wonderful quotes about love by the poet Rumi, here are just a few:

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~ Rumi

“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” ~ Rumi

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” ~ Rumi

“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.” ~ Rumi

“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.” ~ Rumi

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” ~ Rumi

“Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.” ~ Rumi

“Gamble everything for love, if you’re a true human being.” ~ Rumi

“Love calls – everywhere and always.
We’re sky bound.
Are you coming?”
~ Rumi

“Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces.” ~ Rumi


"Everything I know, I know because of love." Leo Tolstoy

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