Ten beautiful things I heard/read this week (in no particular order)

1. Jacey, talking about a classmate that tends to get in trouble: “He’s not mean or anything – he just doesn’t always make good choices.  I really love it when he laughs; it’s a good laugh.”

2. From a book that my sister gave me: Believe in something big. Your life is worth a noble motive. ~ Walter Anderson

3. From Oprah’s LifeclassWhen you give to others in a degree that you start sacrificing yourself to other people, you are making them a thief. They are taking from you what you actually need. ~Iyanla Vanzant

4. Camryn, after seeing a homeless woman sitting on the sidewalk in Chicago: “She has no place to live? That’s not right. What are we going to do?”

5. Text from my mom yesterday:  Dad is doing well - should be able to come home from the hospital today.

6. Skylar, after being asked what she learned in Vacation Bible School: “Jesus came here to teach God to everyone.”

7. A comment about Zen Parenting Radio: Thanks for the show - you and Todd are making a difference.

8. From history-making gymnast Gabby Douglas: “Pressure?" she said with a radiant smile. "I love it. I love to stick the landing like there is no tomorrow. You stick the landing and it's like, 'Game on.' I'm so ready for this. My mom says I'm a fighter, a fierce competitor, and I think I am, too."

9. A Facebook post from my friend Erin regarding her daughter who was diagnosed with Leukemia last year: Rockstar Maddy is moving on to Long Term Maintenance! The hardest part is behind us. Phew!

10. A soothing definition of “surrender” found during a reread of Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love:  Surrender means, by definition, giving up attachment to results.  When we surrender we let go of our attachment to how things happen on the outside and we become more concerned with what happens on the inside.  The experience of love is a choice we make, a mental decision to see love as the only real purpose and value in any situation.


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