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  1. O.Christina

    Like for Christina and Anna, my greatest hopes and aspirations for how I want to be in this life are most beautifully expressed in Christina´s post below and her citing of the prayer of Sufi Inayat Khan. Thank you so much, dear Christina, for your precious contribution.

    1 year ago
  2. Malag

    To keep growing, exploring new things, until and including my last breath. 

    1 year ago
  3. Heather

    My husband was telling me about a book called “The Power of Bad”. It’s about how negative things are more memorable than positive things. I notice that my focus tends towards the negative even in a positive situation. I started playing an updated version of Pollyanna’s Glad Game. I was recently on a hike and had gotten lost, ran out of hydration, was getting low on calories to burn, and was getting irritable feelings towards my husband (this hike was his idea anyway). Getting upset wasn’t going to get me anywhere so I started, “I’m glad the weather isn’t warmer. I’m glad it’s not raining. I’m glad I got to see two types of forests today. I’m glad to know that I can function in the current condition. I’m glad I’m not alone.” It really helped to keep me from panicking until we finally made it back to the car. I’m going to try to be more like that.

    1 year ago
  4. Maeve

    On my way to New Hampshire after a hectic week.. I will be hiking in the hills and being in lots of fresh green-ness..

    I want to be alive and living as though I am always having an adventure. Enjoying and delighted with what and who is around me.

    1 year ago
    1. Michele

      Have a great hiking trip!

      1 year ago
  5. Dusty Su

    To have lived so well, fully, kindly, self-actualized and yet in service of something greater than myself, so that I may die well.
    I have created a Traveller’s Checklist. My guide for how I wish to live. The final point says, “Rest easy at the end of each day, after having experienced it gratefully, creatively, lovingly, meaningfully, and wholeheartedly. Then the last destination will simply be another such glorious day!”

    1 year ago
  6. Don Jones

    Transcendence. To go beyond the physical limitation and the limitations of the mind. To experience an explosion of Spirit.

    1 year ago
    1. Debra

      Don: Very well said and received.

      1 year ago
  7. SK

    Living with fear of anything. living as if this day was the only day for me. How i want to be in this life is living with the lightness and ease of body, mind and spirit; to not be concerned about what I look like or what I’m wearing; to be a companion to those hurting. I aspire to live the kind of life that my parents did.

    1 year ago
  8. s
    sb

    I have just read the most inspiring book “The end of your life book club”, about books and someone living with terminal cancer. As I read it, two thoughts dominated – the first was that it was as if I was reading about my mum, the second was that both mum and the lady in the book were actually living as I can only aspire to and I fear I can never achieve their heights. How can I sum up their qualities? Truly loving, caring, listening, believing, inclusive, proactive, positive. Actually living their beliefs and making a difference to all they meet…
    In my own small way I try every day but I admit to letting life get in the way, not to mention taking the easy path at times. But at least I can strive to follow as closely in their footsteps as I can. We can only do what we can do.

    1 year ago
  9. B
    BasicMarsh

    I want to be grounded and centered.

    1 year ago
  10. d
    dcdeb

    I wish to be able to be financially stable, to have a wider circle of friends, to be able to move where i want to. To be free again, and lifted from restriction. To see humanity grow into sovereignty.

    1 year ago
  11. M
    Mags

    I hope that I’ll make an impact. I get to live only once and I want to touch the lives of many using the time that I have.

    1 year ago
  12. Debra

    I hope to be joyous, kind and loving. Sometimes I am all of that and sometimes I come up short. It is that shortness that I hope to let go of and release to a more genuine awareness of my natural being.

    1 year ago
  13. Carol

    I want to be willing and willingness is very challenging. My fear of rejection, my fear of failure, fueled my decisions for so many years. Regretfully, I missed many opportunities to both give and receive the compassion and love I craved. I heard a phrase many years ago which helped me tremendously. “We are not here to be out of control but we are here to lose control to the Spirit.” Just remove the “r” from revolution and think of evolution. It’s a helpful practice in decision making. Will the decisions I make help me and others evolve or will we just keep going round and round the mountain and ending up in the same place. My pastor many years ago gave a sermon in which he pointed out that revolution does bring change. The problem is that you get a new boss but invariably that boss makes changes that leave someone or something very important out of the equation. On the other hand, evolution is transformative. As a species and individually, I think we are called to embrace the evolutionary “yes” of the Universe. So my greatest hope and aspiration for the rest of my life is to be willing to grow and when the reaper rides to know that I’ve planted the seeds of willingness everywhere and in everyone I’ve been privileged to know.

    1 year ago
  14. DeVonna

    As a child I knew two types of old people…sweet and loving or mean and irritable. I always have hoped I would evolve into the first kind. I hope that I have become tolerant and compassionate, brave and kind, peaceful and non-judgmental. I hope to be a blessings and not a trial to those who know me.

    1 year ago
    1. Linda

      Great post! I too, strive to be an “older” kind and caring person as I age. Good reminder, DeVonna.

      1 year ago
  15. Mike S

    I want to be a blessing and help to those in need, listen and bring joy to friends, be a loving parent and spouse, laugh more, cry when appropriate, reverence nature and die feeling I have fulfilled all on my plate given by life.

    1 year ago
  16. Holly in Ohio

    “Just as cultivating a garden requires turning over the ground, pulling weeds, planting, and watering, doing the work of love is all about taking action.”

    BELL HOOKS

    I’m stuck pondering the quote of the day, because you DON’T have to turn over the ground to garden, and because there are many strategies for reducing weeds so you don’t have to pull, and you can even reduce your need for water. And doing those three reductions helps the earth, the plants, and your back. My aspiration in the garden has been to do these things better, sort of like Howie’s wonderful description of his boat in the water. There is however, always planting and work. I’m on my way to the garden now to broad fork a large bed – the no till alternative to double-digging or flipping the soil, a method that causes little disruption to the beneficial ecosystem in the soil.

    Today, because of certain challenges, love does feel like a lot of work, but I wonder if, like changing gardening methods to mimic nature, if it has to be like that. I agree, it is action. I agree there is still planting. I just wonder… so I will ponder this today while I broad-fork the soil.

    1 year ago
    1. Javier Visionquest

      I love my broad fork

      1 year ago
  17. Katrina

    I want to be a bearer of grace, compassion, joy and kindness in life that inspires others to do the same in their own ways.

    1 year ago
  18. Sarah

    Just making my way into a “new” stage here …
    Left my long career, and after much therapy, meditation, and listening to my heart know I won’t go back.
    Praying for continued healing and divine guidance as the journey continues.
    My greatest hope is to stay close to my heart’s wisdom.

    1 year ago
  19. Chester

    Present, engaged and incrementally aligned with what is right and good in both thought and action.

    1 year ago
  20. devy

    My hopes are that eventually I will be in “Zen” and will learn how to accept things are they are letting the negativity slide off me like water off a duck. I will continue with my daily meditation and practicing love of myself, gratitude and acceptance..

    1 year ago
    1. Michele

      “letting the negativity slide off me like water off a duck.” love that:)

      1 year ago
  21. Trish

    I want to be filled with love & generosity and bring it out into the world. Along with that, advocating for justice & equity with an emphasis on respect & inclusivity.

    1 year ago
  22. Toni

    Authentic, loving, kind and faithful in thought word and deeds.

    1 year ago
  23. Howie Geib

    My boat is 20 feet long and weighs 100 pounds when rigged, before I even get on board. I use two 9 foot long oars, and the thing is, when I am rowing, it is designed to displace the minimum amount of water, and the water it does displace is used to help propel her forward. A steady pace row, again, done properly, the boat loses an indistinguishable amount of speed between strokes, the water assists rather than drags her hull.

    That is the closest metaphor to how I want to go through life. I want to be like my boat…and have designed a life accordingly.

    1 year ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      That is quite beautiful. I had no idea the boat could be designed that way. 🙂

      1 year ago
    2. devy

      Very good analogy..

      1 year ago
  24. Antoinette

    Aspiring to be CorePeace.

    1 year ago
  25. EJP

    I want to live a life of gratitude always and be a teacher to all.

    1 year ago
  26. sunnypatti48317

    I want to be a beacon of light, love, compassion, and kindness sprinkled with hard work and lots of play.

    1 year ago
  27. Michele

    I want to be happy, kind, at peace and focus on living in the present.

    Sunnypatti – today is National Cheese Day!

    1 year ago
    1. sunnypatti48317

      Let us all stop and enjoy a nice cut of fromage!

      1 year ago
      1. Trish

        Sunnypatti, do you recommend a vegan cheese?!

        1 year ago
        1. sunnypatti48317

          We don’t have any vegan cheeses in my dept, so I never try any. I keep telling myself I should try some, but alas, the real stuff is in my face all the time, and my love for it is real. haha! I wish I had a good recommendation for you. But your question may be the push I need to expand my cheesy horizons 🙂

          1 year ago
        2. L
          Lauryn

          Miyoko’s was always my favorite vegan cheese. 🧀🙂

          1 year ago
          1. Trish

            I love Miyokos too, Lauryn!

            1 year ago
  28. Kevin

    Today’s question is painful for me to answer honestly. There was a time, modestly speaking, when my greatest hopes and aspirations were clear and present before me, some of which I had accomplished in my ministry and professional life in the years before my retirement. And I had plans and goals galore for things I wanted to do in retirement. But these days, six years into retirement, I am living and coping with chronic, and sometimes severe, back pain, which impacts everything I can do and want to do. Still, I am grateful for my life and for the most part I remain active and in service to people and projects I care about. But there’s a stack of personal aspirations sitting on my shelf, gathering dust, and going nowhere anytime soon. And that, to be honest, leaves me feeling deeply disappointed.

    1 year ago
  29. Christine

    There is a prayer I do every morning, and the last sentence is,
    “Until in me be reflected, Thy grace, Thy glory, Thy wisdom, Thy joy and Thy peace. These are my hopes and aspirations. My goal will maybe take more than a lifetime.

    1 year ago
    1. O.Christina

      Dear Christine, thank you dearly for your contribution. I could not have put it in words like you did.

      1 year ago
    2. Katrina

      I’m intrigued by that prayer, Christine. Can you tell me something about its origin?

      1 year ago
      1. Christine

        Here is the whole prayer Katrina. It is from Sufi Inayat Khan

        Praise be to Thee, Most Supreme God,
        omnipotent, omnipresent, all-pervading,
        The only being.

        Take us in Thy parental arms,
        raise us from the denseness of the earth.
        Thy beauty do we worship,
        to Thee do we give willing surrender.

        Most merciful and compassionate God,
        the idealized Lord of the whole humanity,
        Thee only do we worship,
        and towards Thee alone do we aspire.

        Open our hearts towards Thy beauty,
        Illuminate our souls with divine light.
        .
        O Thou, the perfection of love, harmony and beauty!
        All powerful creator, sustainer, judge and
        forgiver of our shortcomings,
        Lord, God of the east and of the west,
        of the worlds above and below
        and of the seen and unseen beings.
        Pour upon us Thy love and Thy light,
        Give sustenance to our bodies, hearts and souls;
        use us for the purpose that Thy wisdom chooseth,
        And guide us on the path of Thine own goodness.

        Draw us closer to Thee every moment of our life,
        until in us be reflected Thy grace,
        Thy glory, Thy wisdom, Thy joy and Thy peace.

        Amen

        1 year ago
        1. Kevin

          Beautiful, Christine. Thanks for sharing the whole prayer with us all.

          1 year ago
    3. Anna

      dear Christine, I could never have expressed what I hope, better than your prayer. I copy and paste it into my whatsapp profile. that’s what I hope for, but to be honest it’s not easy, I always need an excess of humility to get it.
      Warmly, thanks.

      1 year ago
      1. Christine

        Also for me…..not easy. I give you a hug, Anna

        1 year ago

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