Tag Archives: Grateful

It’s all around you…

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
~Philippians 4:8

So some of you may already know this because you’ve either read a Facebook post or I told you in person, but three days ago a wasp collided with me while on a bike going about 18mph. It entered a vent in my helmet and stung me two, possibly three times. Without going into too much detail I’ll just say that I learned the hard way that I am allergic to wasps. Last night was my second and hopefully last visit to the ER at a local hospital; I was there till 5am and almost admitted. So why am I mentioning all this? Because as I was walking to a coffee shop this afternoon after getting only a few hours sleep I was feeling depleted…physically, emotionally, and spiritually (and soon, financially, given healthcare costs). It’s a rainy and grey day and I was walking in my own personal fog. Just walking but not seeing anything. But even though I was feeling low and sort of zombie-like I was still thinking how we and everything are all connected, I just couldn’t feel it right now. So I sent a thought-vibration out into the Universe on this grey, grey day…Show me your beauty, I really need it right now. And before the thought even left me I got response. Not a voice, more of a hunch…a knowing. And the response was simply…It’s all around you. Arrogantly, I thought to myself that I already knew this, but I needed proof. And then I looked down and saw the leaf pictured above, it was on the wet sidewalk directly in my path. All I needed to do was look at what’s right in front of me. 

Urban Simplicity.

Thankful…

I’ve posted this image of the above painting before at this blog–a few years ago–and I like it so much I thought I would re-post it for Thanksgiving. I personally find it a very moving image. You may already be familiar with it, it is a painting by Henry Tanner and titled The Thankful Poor (read about it here).

“If thank you is the only prayer you say, that will be enough.”
Meister Eckhart

Urban Simplicity.

A Bicycle for Mului (updated)….

Joe and Mului (small)

Update…So we surpassed our goal in a little over an hour! Amazing, it really is. With all the negativity that is portrayed in the media each day this outpouring of generosity is really moving to me. Thank you. According to the website it will take about ten business days for the funds to reach me. When they do I’ll post pics of Mului on his new bike. Peace, and thanks again.

 

Hello Friends,

This is a picture of me with Mului, a co-worker. I am trying to raise $325 to purchase a bicycle for Mului. He is new to our country and works very hard to support his wife and young daughter, but he needs transportation to get to work. Right now he either walks or takes a bus. A bicycle would be much quicker and also offset the cost of a two-way bus ride everyday. $325 would be enough to purchase a bike, a good lock, and proper lighting. Contributions will not only help a person in need but also a local business as I will purchase the bike from a local independently owned bike shop. Click here if you’d like to help. Thank you for your consideration,

Sincerely,

Joe

 

 

Urban Simplicity.

A Bicycle for Mului (updated)….

Update…So we surpassed our goal in a little over an hour! Amazing, it really is. With all the negativity that is portrayed in the media each day this outpouring of generosity is really moving to me. Thank you. According to the website it will take about ten business days for the funds to reach me. When they do I’ll post pics of Mului on his new bike. Peace, and thanks again.

Hello Friends,
This is a picture of me with Mului, a co-worker. I am trying to raise $325 to purchase a bicycle for Mului. He is new to our country and works very hard to support his wife and young daughter, but he needs transportation to get to work. Right now he either walks or takes a bus. A bicycle would be much quicker and also offset the cost of a two-way bus ride everyday. $325 would be enough to purchase a bike, a good lock, and proper lighting. Contributions will not only help a person in need but also a local business as I will purchase the bike from a local independently owned bike shop. Click here if you’d like to help. Thank you for your consideration,
Sincerely,
Joe

Urban Simplicity.

The View from My Handlebars…

I had to be at work a little early this morning. It was cold–the first really cold morning of the year–probably about 30F, and not a breeze in the air. It felt good; crisp. And then as I rounded the corner and faced east this was the view in front of me as the sun rose. Beautiful. I stopped in the middle of the street to snap a photo. I was, and still am, so grateful to be on a bike in the open air. It was a great way to start the day.

A Garden of Eden in Hell

The above image is that of Alice Herz-Sommer, who is also the interviewee in the below short but very inspiring video. At 108 years young she is the oldest known living Holocaust survivor. A few years ago–at the age of 104–she wrote a book called A Garden of Eden in Hell, retelling her amazing life story. Her secret to survival and longevity, it seems, is gratitude, thankfulness, and positive thinking. Many of us, I believe, can learn a lot from this woman and this short clip…I know I can. It’s well worth the twelve minutes to watch this. To read a very short bio of her, click here.

Urban Simplicity.

10 Quotes On Being Thankful (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Most of the readers are probably aware this, but in the event you are reading this blog outside North America, today is our American Thanksgiving, which is similar but on a different date than the Canadian holiday by the same name (click here to read about the Thanksgiving Holiday). This has always been my favorite holiday because it is about family, friends, and most importantly, food. And as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to view this day as a day to–without trying too sound hokey–count my blessings; a day to be thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving!

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
John F. Kennedy

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”
Jean Baptiste Massieu

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
G.K. Chesterton

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?””
William Arthur Ward

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude.Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
David O. McKay

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
Thornton Wilder

“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.”
Sarah Ban Breathnach
 

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.”
Cicero
 
“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” The Dalai Lama

Truly Inspiring

By now many of you have probably heard this incredibly inspiring story, but I was so moved by it I thought I’d post it anyhow. The story I am referring to is that of the elderly Canadian couple, Allen and Violet Large, who won big in the lottery, really big…more than $11 million big. And then they gave nearly all of it away, but they kept the money in their local community. They won’t disclose how much they gave to each organization, but they donated money to schools, churches, the fire department, the Red Cross, hospitals, and a cemetery.

I keep saying that I have to start playing the lottery, and that  if I won big I would give some of it away (the key word here is “some”)…I have to be honest and say that I don’t know if I could do what they did…it is a true inspiration (at least to me it is).

‘That money that we won was nothing,’ Allen told the Toronto Star. ‘We have each other.’

To read the full story click here.