Wednesday, September 29, 2010
In the spirit of gratitude, we acknowledge the positive. When we go through the process of picking out the silver linings, we see that there are many more shining aspects to our lives than we imagined. These following words, by Samuel F. Pugh, help us to remember that compassion for others is a wonderful way to show thanks.
O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.
- Samuel F. Pugh
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Living in the South has its perks. I can take a jog on New Year's Day in shorts and a tank top. I take beach days well into November. I use the heater maybe 2 months out of the year. All that said, I miss the fresh, crisp smell of autumn as it exists most other places. The hint of woodsmoke in the air, apple picking, pumpkin patches, vibrant foliage glowing warm tones that take the bite out of the chilly mornings, piles of leaves to rake...
ok, so I don't miss everything about fall. Those of you that do get to enjoy the typical harvest season, take a deep breath for me as you feel the autumn sunshine on your face.