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Today I picked up a “Touch of Grace” card online from Cheryl Richardson’s  website, and the message for me was Gratitude.

It was a reminder to me to be grateful for everything that appears in my life; the good and the not so good. I proceeded to do that with the utmost humility, and somehow I was led to this website of mine that I have so neglected for so long. I am truly grateful for all of you who have visited this site over the years and I apologize for not continuing the work I began here.

I am grateful for the internet access that allows me the opportunity to reach so many people all over the world who are searching for their own truths or who need encouragement and support in their situations.  I am grateful that I have a gift for writing and the freedom to write on whatever subject matter I choose.  I acknowledge that this is a privilege for which many people have paid a heavy price, and I honor those persons who do not enjoy such freedom.

This week I completed a job I had, working on behalf of a non profit organization. While this is financially painful, I am grateful that I have been given time to “breathe again”. Today, I left home later than usual and was happy that I didn’t have to rush. Today, I finally feel sufficiently relaxed to sit and post again on this site after more than a year’s absence.  To me, it’s a blessing.

I say all of this, to remind everyone to take time to express gratitude for the things and the people in your life. Don’t just do it when life is going good, but do it in the bad times as well.  There is always something that we can be grateful for, no matter how small it is.  Every morning when I take a shower, I express gratitude for fresh water, clean water, pipe borne water, hot and cold water. I do it because I see the pictures in my mind of people in some parts of Africa and other countries, how they live and how they have no pipe borne water. I do it because I remember the drought in California, and the concerns there, that have led to the discussion and research on sewer water being treated and tested for drinking purposes in the future.   Ow! Yes that’s exactly how I felt.  Just the thought of it made me shudder.

So remember, there is always something to be grateful for.  Allow yourself to feel the moment of gratitude, and who knows, if you’re having a bad day, that utterance of gratitude may just turn your day around.

Below are the links for a book I treasure, “The Unmistakeable Touch of Grace” and the accompanying Grace Cards, which gave me the topic for today’s post.

Until the next time….be blessed!




Toraille Waterfall, St. Lucia

Toraille Waterfall, St. Lucia

Today’s a New Day

Today’s a new day

by Cathy

That’s right!!!

Today is a new day, and a new day means a new beginning.

Gone are yesterday’s old hurts and animosities.  You can choose to start over again.

Hit the START button to make today a better day….at the job, at home, with your spouse, with your kids.

Change the way you think, and the things you think will change.

So rather than think, “I can’t stand this job’, why not change it to I am so grateful to have a job today.

Instead of calling your spouse ‘useless’, how about, I am grateful to have a loving supportive spouse.

Instead of, ‘this is not a good day’, try  Today is a wonderful day and I am happy to be a part of it.

So now you’ve got the idea.  always remember that you create your own reality.  We all get off track because there is so much negativity floating around us; but if you can be aware of those moments and bring yourself back to center, it will certainly become easier to maintain a positive frame of mind and to enjoy the day by living in the present.

If you remember that not all those who start the day, will be around at the end of the day, maybe that will help you to enjoy what the day has to offer…..it could be warmer weather than expected, a walk in the park, a beautiful  photo moment, a call from a loved one, an enjoyable meal or an unexpected compliment.

Whatever it is that rocks your boat, just be grateful for it, and savour the moment.

Today is indeed a new day!!!!   Make it count!



The world is filled with negativity.

All around us, there are negative people who drain our energy, negative situations which make us lose faith, and negative bank balances which creates fear.

In all of these situations, the choice is yours. You can choose to be a more positive person…a candle that lights the  dark streets of negativity.  Every time you realize, you are being negative, stop and change the thought or change your words.

Choose to see the glass as half full rather than half empty.

If the friends you keep tend to be negative thinkers, then maybe it’s time to find some new friends, who will support and encourage you in your personal growth, and grow along with you.  That way, you can achieve your goals so much faster.

In every bad situation, find something positive to be grateful for. You  would be surprised at how this can change your attitude and help you to become less stressed and more joyous.

Do as the song says: “count your blessings; name them one by one.”  You could also keep a Gratitude Journal to help you realize that despite your challenges, God is fighting your battles for you…if you let him, that is.

If the friends you keep tend to be negative thinkers, then maybe it’s time to find some new friends, who will support and encourage you in your personal growth, and grow along with you.  That way, you can achieve your goals so much faster.

You have the ability to change your bank balance from a negative to a positive. Remember the squirrel does not begin to store nuts in winter.  You can change your financial situation with discipline and persistence.  If you are unable to save 10% of your paycheck every payday, then save whatever you can, but you’ve got to do it, starting now.  It may mean making sacrifices, but the reward will be worth it.

Choose to be a positive person!

Choose to take responsibility for your actions and their consequences!

This is the winter of our time.

Choose to prepare for Spring!