Tag Archives: gratitude

FMM 11 27 2020 Ack! Knowledge

“Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.” ~ Louie Schwartzberg. It is sometimes hard, in the rush of routines and deadlines, to pause and pay attention to all the things you should be grateful for.  Thanksgiving Day in the US may gloss over the history of the origin of this country as […]

FMM 9 7 18 Raising the Bar

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~  Nelson Mandela. My father-in-law was a character. He was well known in the village where he lived, for he was loud, he did […]

FMM 6 10 17 Fret not, nor fear

“In a time of destruction, create something.”~Maxine Hong Kingston. I have never been fond of scary movies.  I prefer to escape into a light comedy, to be amused for a while.  I remember accompanying a friend to watch a couple of movies that were outside of my comfort zone (Jaws, and Carrie).  For her punishment […]

FMM 10 07 16 Thankful

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche.  I grew up in a God-fearing household.  When your father is a minister, and a seven-day-a-week-Christian, there is no escaping the religious routines and rituals.  Grace was expected before every meal, whether silently before breakfast, or out loud at the family meal.  […]

FMM 1 15 16 Each Perfect Moment

“Rage, rage, against the dying of the light” ~ Dylan Thomas In one of life’s perfect ironies, at a time when I am awash in a sea of emotions, I am also full of a cold.  Not surprising that my body should find a way to remind me to slow down, take better care of […]

FMM 5 29 15 How Good and How Pleasant

“The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do it Anyway.” ~ Mother Teresa We are raised to be polite, to say please and thank you, to mind our manners.  And most of us expect the same of others.  But what if the gift you present is not material?  I heard a story last […]

FMM 5 15 15 Points of Contact

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”  ~ Booker T. Washington. When you graduate from nursing school, you get a Pinning ceremony.  This is separate and apart from the more familiar graduation event, that comes with cap and gown, in a huge auditorium, shared with students you may not know.  For […]

FMM 11 28 14 With a Song in your Heart

“What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.” ~ A.A. Milne.   I had space in my day yesterday to discover the beauty of Dania Beach, and be grateful.  I could hear reggae music playing, not only in my mind (Beres singing “But I’m giving thanks”) but also from the beachside […]

FMM 4 18 14 Always Searching

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”~ Carl Jung.   We are a society in search of quick fixes.  We are sold on money making schemes; sure thing diets; self-help schemes that cure a lifetime of unhealthy practices.  We hear what […]

FMM 5 3 13 Catching the Trifecta

Many years ago I was given some very good advice by one of my nursing instructors. In class one day she drew an equilateral triangle on the board. She labeled each side physical; spiritual and psychological. She then told us that it was very important that we pay attention to each aspect of our lives […]