Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thanksgiving

I would like to wish all of you God's blessings during this time of Thanksgiving. We all have days where we don't feel blessed but I can assure you that we are. If you really stop and reflect, you will find a myriad of people, things, and events for which to be grateful. I have often talked about contemplation in the past. Much of contemplation is learning to live with a grateful heart. Contemplative mindfulness is simply taking the time and allowing yourself to be aware of the moments and the blessings they contain. Holidays are sometimes a bit crazy and too often get focused on all the wrong things. Tomorrow and in the coming weeks, take some time to breathe and to pay attention to the moments as you experience them. There are moments within moments that are full of joy. Be open to these moments. If you don't pay attention to your own life you will miss them. I count all of you who receive these daily thoughts as a blessing in my life. Thank you for letting me share my stories and thoughts and for trusting me enough to share your stories with me.

Today is the birthday of my good friend, Father Dennis. He is 67 years young. We have a wonderful friendship. He is a big brother and a mentor to me. We glide easily from deeply spiritual conversations to making one another laugh hysterically. Happy Birthday, Dennis!

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