-- Emma MacKenzie, Sheffield, MA

18. Spare 10 seconds for appreciation

Being a breast-cancer survivor, my priorities did a somersault. The "curse" of having a life-threatening disease has now become a blessing. Having answered this challenge, every day is a treasure. Helping other breast-cancer survivors, volunteering to speak at various functions, and just being kind to other human beings have made my life contented and peaceful within. Taking t'ai chi taught me how to really relax into gratitude in about 10 seconds. I take a huge, deep breath and slowly, slowly let it go. Let my thoughts concentrate on my breath and listening to my heartbeat. I treat myself by taking a few more breaths and appreciating what I have in life.

-- J Sunny

19. Fly to freedom

Riding, gliding, flying my bike down a steep hill . . . gripping the handlebars, up off the seat, standing on pedals, leaning back . . . cool, breezy, whistling pressure against my face, my body . . . the descending rush filling me up . . . suspending me . . . I am freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

-- Susan Reiland, Milwaukee, WI

20. Meditate on this

While meditating on the Scripture, "Be still and know that I am God," I experienced a powerful expansion of spiritual awareness and understanding with the reduction of the verse:

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still


-- Christine Caldwell Blair, Harrisburg, PA