Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures


WHAT have you learned?  WHO taught you?  Are you aware of gratitude toward the people who have provided the key lessons of your life?  Two thousand years ago, what Marcus Aurelieus knew about gratitude is still valid today.  It’s important to see and acknowledge where the core of our values and beliefs come from.  It keeps us on a purposeful track rather than being motivated by unknown and unnamed sources.  Check his list out and see if you can start your own. 

Marcus Aurelius gives
acknowledgment to the teachers in his life: In  book one of “Meditations…




From my grandfather Verus
I learned good morals and the government of my temper.


From the reputation and
remembrance of my father, modesty and a manly character.



From my mother, piety and
beneficence, and abstinence, not only from evil deeds, but even from evil
thoughts; and further, simplicity in my way of living, far removed from the
habits of the rich.


From my great-grandfather,
not to have frequented public schools, and to have had good teachers at home,
and to know that on such things a man should spend liberally.”



Whisper Peace

“Whisper peace as a prayer.  mary anne radmacher”

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What Difference Does ONE Make?

Ask any politician who has been victorious in an election so close the votes had to be recounted.  ONE vote makes a difference.
Ask anybody who got the last of a certain blood type for a needed transfusion. One contributor made a difference. 
You make think that your actions do not matter in the larger scheme of things.  In truth, your ONE action might mean the difference between life and death to someone.  Stand up.  Be ONE who makes a difference.
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Make Room for a Miracle

In between all the rational explaining we do why there aren’t miracles…just set a little room aside…in case there are.
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