Archives for category: Gratitude

November 22, 2014 frost 053

Lord, thou knowest better than myself

that I am growing older and will soon be old.

Keep me from becoming too talkative,

and especially from the unfortunate habit

of thinking that I must say something

on every subject and at every opportunity.

Release me from the idea

that I must straighten out other peoples’ affairs.

With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom,

it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it.

But thou knowest, Lord,

that in the end I will need a few friends.

Keep me from the recital of endless details;

give me wings to get to the point.

Grant me the patience

to listen to the complaints of others;

help me to endure them with charity.

But seal my lips on my own aches and pains —

they increase with the increasing years

and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.

I will not ask thee for improved memory,

only for a little more humility

and less self-assurance

when my own memory doesn’t agree with that of others.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

Keep me reasonably gentle.

I do not have the ambition to become a saint –

– it is so hard to live with some of them –

– but a harsh old person is one of the devil’s masterpieces.

Make me sympathetic without being sentimental,

helpful but not bossy.

Let me discover merits where I had not expected them,

and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any.

And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.

Margot Benary-Isbert


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August 19, 2014 lavender 017

If you know the psychological nature

of your own mind,

depression is spontaneously dispelled;
instead of being enemies and strangers,

all living beings become your friends.
The narrow mind rejects;

wisdom accepts.
Check your own mind to see whether or not this is true.


Lama Zopa Rinpoche


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June 15, 2014 Father's Day 002


Overcome your uncertainties

and free yourself from dwelling on sorrow.

When you delight in existence,

you will awaken,

and become a guide to those in need,

revealing the path to many.



Buddhist Teaching


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June 8, 2014 swans 005

A child’s world

is fresh and new and beautiful,

full of wonder and excitement.

It is our misfortune

that for most of us

that clear-eyed vision,

that true instinct for

what is beautiful and awe-inspiring,

is dimmed and even lost

before we reach adulthood.

Rachel Carson

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June 6, 2014 Forest Lane 014

Appreciation can make a day,

even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.


Margaret Cousins


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May 26. 2014 Ligustrum 001

But, when the work was finished,

the Craftsman kept wishing

that there were someone

to ponder the plan of so great a work,

to love its beauty,

and to wonder at its vastness.


Picco Della Mirandola


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April 24, 2014 birds 042

Like birds landing on a tree top together,

and then dispersing,

We are together for a very short time.

So it makes sense to live in harmony;

in unconditional friendship.



Bokar Rinpoche


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April 26, 2014 azaleas 051

Let the magic happen.

It’s always there.

Abundance and love are always there.

Believe in the highest good. There is a higher essence to everything.

The realm you’re in has a heaviness that mutes energy.

You can penetrate through it, no matter how dark and heavy.

Sometimes it has nothing to do with karma.

Just don’t forget to keep it open.

Don’t get too bogged down, don’t limit the brightness.

Reach through the dark energy and grab it.

You might see the smoke coming out of the chimney

and you’ll even see the smoky sky.

You need to reach through the smoke

and bring the light to you.

Remember the possibilities

of something greater then are right here.

Be willing to go to the lightness.

Don’t feed off what is not right in the world.

Kuan Yin

February 18 2014 parkway 036

So the tree rustles in the evening,

when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts.

Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful,

just as they have longer lives than ours.

They are wiser than we are,

as long as we do not listen to them.

But when we have learned how to listen to trees,

then the brevity and the quickness

and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts

achieve an incomparable joy.

Whoever has learned how to listen to trees

no longer wants to be a tree.

He wants to be nothing except what he is.

That is home.

That is happiness.


Herman Hesse


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January 16 new growth 004
Kindness in words
creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking
creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving
creates love.
Lao Tzu
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