Give Thanks for Bedbugs

It’s easy to be thankful for the obvious blessings in life – family, friends, food, shelter, health, opportunity, prosperity, and good work, but not as easy to be grateful for the lack of any of these, or for hard times. It may be though that hard times, lack, pain, affliction, distress, and disaster are sometimes what we most learn from, what gives us lessons we need to understand, what most broadens our sense of compassion, and what develops our gratitude attitude muscle. In the astonishing true story told in Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place, the author and her Dutch Christian family were persecuted by the Nazis for helping many Jews escape the Holocaust by hiding Jews in their home. The

What If...

In conversation with ourselves, what if we contemplated these ten questions: What if … …all I get to keep in my life is only what I truly appreciate and that I’m grateful for each day? …I gave unto others before they gave unto me? …I stopped always judging others, whether or not I know the trials they face? …I sought more to understand than to be understood? …I spoke out on matters of public concern only when my words were based on solid research and unbiased information? …I stopped criticizing and complaining about problems and wrongs, and I spent that time instead in finding solutions? …I really listened to what others are saying, rather than always trying to get them to listen to me? …I r

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