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Givers and Takers…My Thought for the Day…May 29, 2019

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May 29, 2019

“My father said there were two kinds of people in the world.  Givers and takers.  The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.”

-Marlo Thomas

‘Givers’ and ‘Takers’

This quote is by actress Marlo Thomas, the daughter of Danny Thomas.  Who was an actor and the founder of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes.  And St. Jude’s Hospital takes all children, with their families NEVER seeing a bill for care, housing or food, because St. Jude’s believes all the family should worry about is helping their child to live.

I remember when I was 9 or 10 doing a fundraiser, through school I am guessing, for this hospital and it just stuck in me.  I have always loved Danny Thomas since then.   And I am sure I didn’t even know the whole story as I do now.  But I think I could sense the goodness and the rightness in it all.  I would say the Thomas’s are definitely ‘givers’!

We all know some ‘takers’ in our lives.  They take without regret and give nothing back.  They take as though they are entitled to take.  I pity them, as they haven’t experienced the immensely wonderful feeling of giving and all that goes with it.

Life is meant to flow; energy is meant to circulate.  Like a convection current where heat rises, cools and then falls back down, only to be heated and rise again.  When you’re a ‘giver’ you experience a similar current, a similar flow.  It almost becomes self-propagating.

When you’re a ‘taker’ you do not, the energy stops with you, there is no ‘paying it forward.’  One day they will see, I am sure of it.  Once you get a taste of truly selfless giving you really can’t go back!

Appreciating What We Have …My Thought for the Day…May 8, 2019

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May 8, 2019

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
If you look at what you don’t have in life,
you’ll never have enough.
Oprah Winfrey

Appreciating What We Have

It is so easy to get caught up focusing on what we don’t have at the moment without appreciating what we do have.  Wishing for more never really leads to feeling good, at least in my experience!

When I find myself in this state, I really try to focus on what I do have, right here and now.  Clothes to wear, food to eat, a place to lay head.  The fact that I can wash my clothes at my house and don’t have to go to the laundromat anymore.  That is huge for me 😂.

Practicing gratitude for what we already have is also such a great exercise for helping to get out of a slump.  Simply listing all things you are grateful for is really quite powerful and can help you get out of a low mood.  Start with the basics if you have to.  Eyes to see, ears to hear, arms to hug with.  It usually begins to snowball from there.

You will ultimately see just how rich you already are!


My Thought for the Day…March 28, 2019


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough, and more.

It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

-Melody Beattie

Today’s quote is a good reminder for me about the effectiveness of gratitude in my life.  When I am feeling down, just the simple act of recognizing something, anything, I am grateful for can begin to turn my attitude around.

Sometimes, when I am very feeling very low, it is hard to see things to be grateful for, but this is just a fallacy in my thinking, a symptom of being down.

There are an infinite amount of things to be grateful for, such as eyes to see and ears to hear, hands to hold, and arms to hug.  And that’s just the tippy tip of the iceberg.  Once I get going, it can become hard to stop!

Before I know it I am not feeling down or sorry for myself anymore and happy again!

Have a great Thursday!