Me in the Middle ~ Welcome 2019

New Year 2019

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Courage, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Tolerance, Joyfulness and Service.

So how did I do over this past year of 2018?  None of these virtues come to any of us that easily.  It takes a transcendent mindset to be able to rise above the very human struggles we all go through no matter what our age.

Courage ~It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
— Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Forgiveness ~ “It doesn’t mean that you’re excusing someone for past wrongs, but it does mean you’re no longer going to allow those wrongs to rule your life” ~ Sue Fitzmaurice

Gratitude ~”I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness–it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” ~ Brene Brown

Tolerance ~ “I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

Joyfulness ~ “Joy is a door opening to the Divine, to God, to the Universe.  Joy is the flow of Spirit within us.  It is so powerful that it can heal our bodies and soften our hearts at the same time.  It is the manifestation of love and has the power the change the world.” ~ Sue Fitzmaurice

Service ~ “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone.”  Aung San Suu Kyi

New Year 2019 #5b

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Me in the Middle of Another Blessing Wave ~ #Blesstival

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The Indomitable Freedom Quest: Honoring America’s Sacred Trust

A friend recently asked me to help him create a website for a book that he’s been editing and promoting.  The book was recently released for Presidents Day and, when compared to the climate surrounding this campaign season 2016, it is a blessing.

Politics is a topic that I’ve decided to rarely comment on in this blog.  I recognize that at any given time in our lives the events occurring in the political world can have an influence on our personal lives ~ sometimes positive and sometimes negative.  I’ve come to believe that if we hold true to our individual values and convictions, in the end no matter what’s happening in the larger world of politics, we’ll make it through.  The same is true for our country ~ The United States of America.

“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Even though the warring political parties differ on what this one sentence means, it’s the framework of what has helped our country endure.  It’s the greatest mission statement and centering force between these great divides that threaten to bring us down.

It all brings me full circle to the realization that the attitude of gratitude doesn’t just apply to each of us as individuals.  It applies to us collectively as conservative. liberal or moderate; democrat, republican or independent; left, right or Me in the Middle ;).

We are truly blessed!   ♥

(This post is a part of the Blesstival 2016.  The Blessing Wave was started by Sophia’s Children.  It’s a wonderful idea!)