What will you do on Independence Day?

Happy 4th of July!

 

 
Between all the outdoor events and festivities, fireworks, food, and time with family and friends, I’ve decided to place one thing at the top of my list on the Fourth of July 2017. Prayer.

Don’t get me wrong.

That doesn’t mean I’ll retire quietly at home in thoughtful meditation for the next few days ignoring this holiday completely. After all, we celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year, marking July 4, 1776 as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

My declaration on this Fourth of July is to “speak up” in prayer, words and deeds.

I will act with kindness and inspire reasoned discourse.

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”     – Martin Luther King Jr.

Goodbye 2015, hello 2016

HAPPY 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s about time to say so long to this year and look ahead, but not without a few observations and reflections on 2015.

  • The kindness (and patience) of friends old and new never ceases to amaze me.
  • I’m grateful for steady work as a freelancer with challenging work assignments.
  • Everyone faces challenges, every day – seen and unseen. Be compassionate.
  • Love all living creatures. Especially dogs.
  • Imagine a world without war or hatred. Consider what you can do to support this vision and turn it into reality. Pray.
  • Help others see the best in themselves. Encouragement doesn’t cost a thing.
  • Listen more and talk less.
  • Learning is a lifelong endeavor.

Here’s to a wonderful 2016!