A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 166

What gifts surround me, that I overlook?

What blessings do I discount each day, taking them for granted?

How often do I give thanks?

I know I should spend every waking moment in gratitude.  How often do I actually succeed?

Not nearly often enough!  Unfortunately, I get sidetracked each day by the tiny aggravations and irritations of the average working day.

In order to move on, though, and become better, I have to constantly remind myself of all those things that I do take for granted.

I have so much!  My husband, my son, our home.  I’ve got a cat who’s been in the family for 13 years!  She’s definitely a trial sometimes, but she’s very precious.

I’ve got 2 sugar gliders who crab at me when I wake them up for a grasshopper treat.  I’ve got finches who beep constantly if their food or water is getting low.  I’ve got a couple of bunnies in our springhouse who put their heads down to get petted, when I feed and water them.  They get to run on the floor when I’m working on my rowing machine, and they hop, run and slide around as fast as they can go.

I’m blessed to have work that’s unlikely to be downsized, and my husband’s job is the same.

Life is so good.

Let’s celebrate all the gifts we’re given today!


Photo by Luca Bravo, courtesy of Unsplash

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 159

The more you give, the more you receive.

You’ve heard it.  You know, somewhere deep down in your heart, that it’s true.

But have you ever actually been able to practice it?

It goes completely against the grain – it’s totally opposite of what we’re trained to do.  But if you look around, you can find examples of people who have literally stepped out in faith to give.

Take the story of Captain Tom Moore – the British veteran who decided he would raise some money for the health care workers who had helped him through illness & cancer to 99 years of age.

He announced that he was going to walk 100 laps in his garden (with his walker and cane) to benefit heroes in UK healthcare, before his 100th birthday.

He figured he’d raise a few thousand pounds.  By the time he finished his 100 laps, he’d amassed donations in excess of 39 million pounds!

This wonderful gentleman wanted to give back to people who had taken care of him.  He had no thoughts of what he’d get out of it, other than some exercise and fresh air.

He was knighted by the Queen for his selfless service on May 20th.  His actions have undoubtedly made all British healthcare workers realize how much they’re appreciated – a gift by itself.

No matter where you live, you can grow, and you can give.

What can you and I do today?

Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel, courtesy of Unsplash

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 158

Look for the Divine spark in every person you contact today.

Remind yourself that you and “them” are actually each an important part of the rainbow of colors that arches over everything.  Without every color, the rainbow is diminished.  Without every spark, we’re each suddenly lessened.

The author  (Pam Grout) uses the example of minestrone soup, with each of us being an important ingredient that contributes to the whole.  If you leave out one ingredient, you don’t get the same flavor.

What a bland, flavorless life most  people seem to want!  How much more interesting to have different ingredients, different flavors adding their uniqueness to the end result!  How boring to have a rainbow of one color!

As you move through your day today, collect new ingredients to use in your daily diet.  Greet your neighbors with a smile.  Be courteous to the lady in front of you in the checkout line.  Because until you get to know them, you haven’t the faintest idea what new color or flavor they’ll bring into your life!

The world around each of us is part of that rainbow, an important ingredient in the soup .  We each have our color and flavor to add.  We’re none of us really alone.

Add some flavor today.  Use a new color in your palette.  Experiment.  And most importantly, enjoy!


Photo by Zoltan Tasi, courtesy of Unsplash
With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne