On Rest’s Gifts

Ovid counsels, “Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” His words carry a profound truth that resonates through the ages. In the hustle and bustle of life, we often forget the power of rest’s gifts. Rest serves as a sanctuary where we recharge our spirits, replenish our energy, let passion be your guiding light as you navigate the journey towards your dreams. Let it infuse every action, every decision, and every moment of your life with purpose and enthusiasm and reconnect with ourselves. In these moments, we find solace and clarity amidst the chaos, allowing us to realign our priorities and rediscover our sense of purpose. We gather strength, gain clarity and emerge even stronger, ready to pursue new horizons.

This restorative rest has a transformative effect, awakening us to new beauties and possibilities that may have eluded us in our passionate, sometimes frenzied pursuit of goals. John Lubbock said, “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” These moments of stillness allow us to appreciate the subtle, beautiful wonders of existence and open our eyes to the miracles that surround us.

Embrace the magic of rest. Allow yourself the grace to recharge, refuel and realign your priorities. For in those moments of stillness, you will pause, refresh and reinvigorate yourself to nourish your dreams and aspirations. Anne Lamott reminds us, “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… including you.” Take a moment to unplug, to breathe and simply be. Like the field lying fallow, you are preparing for a season of abundant harvest. Make it rich and lush beyond your wildest dreams. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us, “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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On Everything Is a Miracle

Albert Einstein wrote, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” His profound words invite us to reflect on the extraordinary beauty that exists in every moment of our lives. His words provide a guiding light that illuminates the path to a mindset that embraces the miraculous in every moment.

This mindset allows us to transcend the ordinary to see the extraordinary that surrounds us. We better understand that life itself is a miracle. It is a mosaic of experiences waiting to be uncovered, a symphony of possibilities echoing through time’s corridors. We see challenges not as obstacles but as opportunities for growth and transformation. Einstein reminds us, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Every setback, every hurdle is a chance for resilience and triumph. Adopt a mindset that turns adversity, setbacks and challenges into stepping stones toward greatness.

Embrace each day with the awe of a child encountering the world for the first time. Let curiosity be your compass guiding you through the vast landscapes of knowledge and understanding. As Einstein once said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” In the pursuit of knowledge, you unlock the door to a universe of miracles waiting to be explored. Let gratitude, the recognition of the miracles, be the melody that permeates your journey.

May your mindset echo the profound words of Vincent van Gogh, “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” Live your life with passion and purpose. Everything is a miracle when seen through the lens of a purpose-driven life. Embrace the miraculous, cultivate curiosity, face challenges with resilience. The world is a canvas of infinite possibilities. Paint your masterpiece with the colors of passion, wonder and gratitude.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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On Going Beyond Perceived Limitations

Mae Jemison wrote, “Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” Her words are a powerful reminder of the boundless potential within each of us and the importance of embracing diversity in all its forms. They open our eyes to the reality that our own world view may limit us in seeing and understanding the richness of others’ “limited imagination”. Similarly, that same worldview impedes others from realizing the richness of their own imagination.

Her words encourage us to not be constrained by the limitations of a narrow worldview. They inspire us to let our imaginations soar beyond the horizon of what we know, guided by a compass of openness and acceptance. They embolden us to break free of the shackles on our own perceived limitations and continually push and explore our own capabilities. Let us not be constrained by doubts or apprehensions around us.

Embrace the extraordinary and let your imagination soar. The canvas of your potential is vast. Paint a masterpiece that defies boundaries and inspires others to do the same. Remember also, that opening yourself to the imagination of others can further add to its majesty and beauty. As Helen Keller wrote, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

May we all embrace the joy of our togetherness! Let collaboration and unity amplify our collective strength. Just as the stars in the night sky shine brighter together, so do we when we welcome and embrace the kaleidoscope of perspectives that each person brings.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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Who Are You?

There come times in our life when the words of someone lift us to the stars and beyond. So it happened to me. And now I share that moment with you. It was a weekly note from a dear friend, Kevin Flanagan, in which he asks the question, “Who are you?”. Below is his note. May you enjoy the beauty, wisdom and joy of his insights.

Who Are You?
“Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.” – Miles Davis

Starved, freezing and surrounded by the German army, Dmitri Shostakovich was inspired by the beauty he saw in the fortitude and resilience of the people around him. It was in those desperate times, that he found out who he was. In Leningrad in 1941 was where the Russian Army chose to live or die – and die they nearly did. During the almost three year siege, over a million Russians perished in the city – mostly from cold and starvation. But it was in the rubble and desolation that was left of that great city in its darkest hour where Shostakovich, educated as a musician and composer, had to ask himself an existential question – who am I and what am I here for? The answer can be heard in his greatest work, the Leningrad Symphony. It was first performed in the besieged city by a collection of starving musicians, and broadcast over speakers throughout the city, receiving an hour long ovation when it ended. It is said that even the Germans who heard it silenced their guns and wept.

Who are you? It can be a startling question and one that makes us take note.

I’m a Husband, a Father, a Business person…… the list goes on and on, but are they really the answers to the question being asked? We are called to be many things but the question that really hits home is – how do we live out our calling? Are we as sure of ourselves as Dmitri Shostakovich was when he asked himself “who am I?” He knew he was created to share what he had, music, with the world. In the darkest hour – who are you? Who am I? Each of us was created to answer that very question. This is the question of a lifetime and our spirit is starving for the answer.

In reality, we are all given that very task. We are all called to share the good inside us with a world that needs it. We are composers meant to deliver the story of our lives, to share the music inside us that only we can write with a sometimes crazy world. Somedays the task is easy. Other days it can be challenging to the core but no one else can write it for us. We are the only ones that can. The one thing that can help us in those times is to deepen our relationship with the mystery of meaning and purpose in our lives and find in that the greatest mystery of all – the mystery of love. When we share our true selves with the world, with a reckless generosity and gratitude for all we’ve been given, we give all that we can and all that we are – we love the world as we are meant to.

This January, when we all are making our resolutions, maybe we can resolve to spend some time each day reflecting on who it is we are as individuals, allowing ourselves to be drawn closer to living out that best life, that best version of who we are. I can’t wait to hear your symphony!

If you’d like to listen to the Symphony, here it is.

May you find and deepen your purpose and meaning in life, embrace your beautiful mystery of love and share with the world your music inside. Let them hear your magnificent symphony.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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On the Rewards of Acting Versus Reacting

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react,” wrote George Bernard Shaw. His words are a compelling reminder that our destinies are not mere products of circumstance. Rather, they unfold through the deliberate decisions we make and the purposeful actions we take.

Each day presents us with a new canvas of opportunities, and it is within our power to paint it with vibrant hues of intentionality. Instead of being passive observers of our lives, we hold the brush that will bring our dreams to life. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” His words capture the sentiment that true fulfillment is often found in forging our own path, embracing uncertainty, and venturing beyond the familiar.

Your journey of self-discovery and growth involves more than reacting to external stimuli. It demands your deliberate choice to act in alignment with your values and your life’s purpose and meaning. Helen Keller captures this writing, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” To embark on a daring adventure requires the courage to step into the unknown, make decisions that resonate with your authentic self and act with unwavering determination.

Choose to embrace the endless possibilities that unfold when you decide to act deliberately. Heed your soul’s call to be the proactive creator of your destiny. William Ernest Henley, in his poem, Invictus, reminds us that we are the masters of our fate and the captains of our souls. Victor Frankl profoundly observed, “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Seize the reins of your life. Act with purposeful intention and unlock the boundless possibilities of your awesome life journey.

Have a beautiful day and magnificent week!!!

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A 2024 New Year Resolution

As we stand on the threshold of a brand new year, it is time to reflect on the journey we’ve undertaken and anticipate the possibilities that lie ahead. The New Year offers another blank canvas on which to paint our aspirations and dreams with vibrant hues of passion, intention and determination. At a recent breakfast with two dear friends, Kevin Cummings and Bill Bartzak, Kevin, capturing the friendship of the moment, shared his thought on an extraordinary New Year’s resolution – “spending and enjoying more time with the people you love.”

In a world that constantly urges us to optimize every moment, there is profound wisdom in learning to savor the seemingly unproductive moments spent in the company of those who matter most as well as those we are getting to know. In our daily race against time, we need to more often pause and savor the richness that relationships bring to our lives.

In this new year, resolutely spend more time with those you love as well as cultivating new, meaningful relationships. For in those moments, you cultivate the most meaningful and lasting treasures that life has to offer. They are the beautiful tapestry of shared laughter, genuine conversations and the warmth of human connection. Leo Buscaglia beautifully captures the essence of this sentiment, “Too often, we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

Happy New Year, my very dear friends. May this New Year 2024 be our best yet!

Have a beautiful day, a magnificent week and may you spend more precious time with the people you love!?

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Peace and Love to You and Yours

It is that wonderful time of year when the holiday spirit again fills our minds and hearts and gently moves us. For the moment, we are away from the hectic pace of our lives and the world we experience now. Yes, this year is different given the challenges impacting the world and our lives. Yet, despite this, may we choose to see and live beyond these temporary constraints and enjoy the spirit of this special time. Let us pause and step back for a moment to reflect on the meaning and spirit of the season.

Remember the joys and happiness it brings so that we again can share it with others, while also making it so very special and memorable for those celebrating it for the first time. Set our minds to be strongly intentional in making this Holiday Season the best one yet for ourselves, our families, and our friends.Recall those beautiful words from the song, Believe, from the movie, The Polar Express, sung by Josh Groban: “Believe in what you feel inside, And give your dreams the wings to fly, You have everything you need If you just believe.” We have everything we need… if we just believe.

The world around us contributes gently to the joy of the season: stores are wonderfully decorated; holiday music streams from videos and iPhones; home decorations appear. Our world is transformed around us into one of festivity and joyful tranquility. It is a time of peace. As Norman Vincent Peale, minister and author, once said, it is as though the holiday season “waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Yes, it is a time of “joy to the world.”

Memories fill us. We remember our youthful joys and the people who were and are integral parts of our lives and happiness. There is a sad remembrance of those we loved who are no longer with us. This gentle memory of them, however, is our lasting gift to them, and theirs to us. It is our way of saying to them: “I love you forever and will never forget you… never.” We embrace those around us and share with each other a very special gift of love. Hamilton Wright Mabie captured this wonderful spirit of the season: “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”

Enjoy and take great learning from this magnificent and beautiful time. Be embraced in this conspiracy of love. As Eva Logue writes, may you be like a candle that “makes no noise at all, but slowly gives itself away.” Make this be your greatest gift to others and yourself – that in quiet reflection, you see with brilliant clarity the happiness and joy in the endless possibilities that life offers to which you will aspire.

Pause in gratitude for all that we have, for what others have given us – our family, friends, those whom we serve, our God – and remember fervently that ours is the joy of giving, serving and caring. These are our greatest gifts. Join together every moment of our lives in a beautiful and magnificent “conspiracy of love.” Life is so very precious. Capture and embrace it with passion, joy, exuberance, and love.

I wish you and yours a joyous and beautiful Holiday Season, a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa, and may this New Year be the best yet – for you, your loved ones, and the many people whom you touch and serve.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

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On the Gifts Within

William Butler Yeats said, “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” In life’s journey, there exists a wondrous phenomenon — the unseen gifts that each of us carries within our being. Like hidden treasures waiting to be unearthed, these gifts often escape immediate notice, tucked away in the quiet recesses of the human spirit. Recognizing the power of perception beyond sight, Helen Keller tells us, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”These are the extraordinary qualities which lie beneath the surface, waiting for our hearts to recognize their magnificence.

“Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen,” wrote Anaxagoras. Consider the resilience of a friend facing challenges with an unwavering spirit, or the kindness of a stranger whose gestures go unnoticed. These are the unseen gifts – the silent acts of courage, compassion, and grace that enrich our lives. Choose to open your eyes not only to what is visible but to the essence that dwells within each soul. For it is there that the true magic is discovered.

On your magnificent journey, be an architect of encouragement, a sculptor of appreciation and cultivator of gratitude. Open your heart to be a mirror reflecting the brilliance of the unseen gifts that surround you, and embrace the magic of acknowledging the hidden treasures within others. You unveil the extraordinary in the ordinary and find that the true magic of life lies in the beauty of the unnoticed, the unspoken, and the untold. Be that beautiful beacon who brings light to the unseen.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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On Our Gift of Passion

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion,” wrote Christian Friedrich Hebbel. Passion is the force that transforms ordinary moments into extraordinary milestones. It is the driving energy that propels us beyond the realm of the ordinary, urging us to reach for the stars and manifest the extraordinary within ourselves. In embracing our passions, we unlock the door to boundless possibilities and unveil the latent potential that resides within us.

I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart,” said Vincent van Gogh. His words capture the joy and essence of passion – a relentless, wholehearted pursuit of our deepest desires. It is this commitment that distinguishes the mediocre from the magnificent and the mundane from the truly remarkable. Helen Keller wrote, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” It is in our passionate pursuits that we embark on the daring adventures that define our existence and leave an indelible mark on the world around us.

Let passion be the vibrant hue that colors your journey with purpose and meaning. May its flame be the guiding light in times of uncertainty and the unwavering strength in the face of adversity. In the crucible of passion, courage is kindled and perseverance becomes your steadfast companion. In the pursuit of greatness, passion is not merely a choice; it is a prerequisite. May you color your journey with the brushstrokes of passion and may you continue to find the courage to pursue your dreams to the stars and beyond. Let passion be the beacon that lights your path to greatness. May it be the flame that ignites your heart and fuels the pursuit of your most audacious dreams. Be in it with all your heart, mind and soul. Your best is yet to come!

Have a beautiful day, a Happy Hanukkah, and a magnificent week!!!

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On Time’s Progress

Vincent van Gogh wrote, “Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together.” Our growth and development, our successes and achievements and the magnificent who we are today are the accumulation of small, intentional actions, each one adding a small and beautiful brushstroke that gradually creates a masterpiece. In a world that seeks instant gratification, Van Gogh’s words remind us to embrace this process of growth. Just as the seeds you plant today will not bear fruit tomorrow, but with time and nurturing will produce a great harvest ahead.

On your magical journey, may you draw inspiration from the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Progress may be incremental, but it is your consistent forward motion that transforms dreams into reality. Time is not an obstacle but your companion, filling you and your life’s journey with greater understanding of its depth and significance. As Maya Angelou said, “All great achievements require time.” And in that time ahead, your best is yet to come. Your masterpiece will grow more beautiful and significant in its purpose and meaning.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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