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  1. barba

    Today is an anniversary celebration of the BN, in which many have been involved for many years. My husband is even a founding member. I’m not involved there.
    But I will go there and practise appreciating their commitment without justifying my non-involvement. I am too easily tempted to devalue their work so that I don’t feel so ashamed, so this will be a good afternoon of practice for me. I just want to celebrate with them.

    1 week ago
    1. Dolores Kazanjian

      ???BN?

      1 week ago
      1. barba

        BN, the local group is a nature conservation organization that mainly carries out activities with children. And cares for meadows, hedges, orchards and ponds. And sometimes it is also necessary to keep an eye on the authorities, administrations or farmers. But yesterday, ist was just fun!

        1 week ago
  2. Dolores Kazanjian

    The opportunity to record the nuggets of wisdom I want to pass on before I shuffle off this mortal coil.

    1 week ago
    1. Michele

      Wow! I freakin love this statement – I am going to write it down for sure! Thank you:)

      1 week ago
  3. O.Christina

    Grateful to being with my father who needs my care right now; staying centered; and staying aware and open for the beauty which is always there. It was very moving when we went to his house, he first wanted to show me the flowering fragrant rose in the garden which i once had given to him and my mother for their garden, a healthy and strong rosebush by now; one bud was almost gone and another was about to open up. It was a very touching moment shared with him almost nonverbally. Since I arrived, his feeling so lonely seems to lift his spirits up and I am deeply happy that life allows me to share these days with him.

    1 week ago
  4. pkr

    To stay in the present moment. Breathe deep. Notice all the beauty around me; birds singing, big puffy clouds passing overhead, gentle breezes, feeling the soft lucious grass on the soles of my feet.
    Feeling very peaceful, sitting outside on a beautiful late spring day. Enjoying Mother Nature.🙏🏻✨❤️

    1 week ago
  5. Nannette

    I have already posted my reply for today and from it you can tell I am still feeling sorry for myself!! BUT! I just went back and read all your comments to me from the other day….and what Joy you have given me!! Thank you so much for making me feel happy and grateful. You are ALL such a kind and loving group. I am so very grateful to have found you all. Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy weekend. I am holding you all close to my heart. Thank you for your prayers and your positive energy and compassion. Love to all.

    1 week ago
  6. Nannette

    Right now..something very simple but very important is beckoning me. I need to get well. This pneumonia has really taken a hold of me. I cannot do much at all…it is a serious awakening call. How our health can be taken away in a day. But I will be ok..just takes time…and for today and the next few days…all that matters is caring for myself, my husband and our animals. Stay well my friends, Health is certainly a wondrous gift.

    1 week ago
    1. Michele

      Healing wishes and a speedy recovery to you Nannette.

      1 week ago
  7. Barb C

    The joy of a sunny Friday morning with none of the usual work meetings, and the opportunity to take time to go for a walk with my sweetheart before settling in at my computer. A meeting-free morning is rare for me and makes such a difference in my energy level for the whole day, as does going for short walks as breaks.

    1 week ago
  8. Antoinette

    The opportunity to let go of the harsh negative criticism within my mind. I keep beating myself up thinking that these harsh mean words are the truth . The voice in my head is like a harsh military drill sergeant trying to beat me down with a huge stick. I know this sounds awful but it’s a deep habit of mind and I pray that the universe will lift this heavy pressure burden of harsh criticism and punishment. It’s giving me anxiety and a migraine.
    I’m doing meditation for two weeks now in retreat in Vienna. I’m so blessed and grateful to have this opportunity to repent these deep feelings and suffering. Thank you 🙏 for listening.

    1 week ago
    1. Michele

      Enjoy your time in Vienna Antoinette.

      1 week ago
    2. Charlie T

      I’m reading a book called No Bad Parts and
      what he recommends is recognizing that
      voice and realizing that that voice thinks it’s
      protecting you and you need to tell that
      voice that it’s okay, thank you, I’ve got this
      and send that voice love and appreciation
      for attempting to help, but you are in charge
      now. Thought this might apply.
      I’m so glad you are
      doing this important work.

      1 week ago
    3. Emmaleah

      I have a harsh critic that invades my brain too. He’s such a bummer! Keep fighting the drill sergeant & I believe he will lose his power.

      1 week ago
  9. Charlie T

    The opportunity to stay calm.

    1 week ago
    1. Linda

      This is spot-on for me today. Dealing with a lot of unknowns and the anxiety that comes with it. Yes, I have the opportunity to stay calm. Thank you for this reminder, Charlie.

      1 week ago
    2. L
      Loc Tran

      Charlie, I’m very familiar with that in my guided meditation sessions.

      1 week ago
  10. Ngoc Nguyen

    The opportunities that are beckoning to me are the opportunity to distinguish love from unwanted desires and the opportunity to listen to God’s will. Previously, I invited you all to rejoice with me about my upcoming summer events, which included a trip to Vietnam and bringing my mom to the U.S. with me. However, because my naturalization application is in process, it’s better for me to stay in the U.S. for the biometrics appointment and interview. I was so upset because I couldn’t spend time with my family during the beautiful summer. Through this experience, I realized that I can’t have all good things at once.
    I understand that even though things don’t always go my way, God always shows his love to me in other ways that I might not be wise enough to recognize immediately!

    1 week ago
    1. Michele

      Wishing you the best of luck on your upcoming biometrics appt and interview – My sister-in-law, Chintya, went through this process (She is Indonesian – her parents were Chinese) and I know how nervous she felt and how much she studied for it. I was so happy for her when she passed and became a US citizen. You will too:)

      1 week ago
    2. L
      Loc Tran

      My Ngoc, coming to terms with our reality isn’t easy. I’m glad you’ve arrived there. We’ve talked about how one cannot draw a perfect square or circle. Everything has a way of working out. It’s just like us having conflict with our parents but then thanking them once we’ve crossed the other side of the river.

      1 week ago
  11. L
    Loc Tran

    An opportunity waiting for me is the 4-year anniversary between Ngoc and me. That will be a couple days. Tomorrow, I’ll be taking her to see a comedy “Bad Boys” movie at a theater. 4 years may not be a big deal for the average Joe but means a lot for us.
    Ngoc and I both have disabilities. We came into each other’s lives out of thin air. It’s expected that we were going to have a lot of conflict. The main differences we had to overcome in our mindsets of culture and logic vs emotions. I’m more Americanized, and she’s a real Vietnamese. I have a logical base, and she’s more emotional.
    The last year was the best, and it’s only the start. I’ve talked about how my mom has helped facilitate communication and bring us closer before on previous comments from other people’s posts. Having my career settled also helps. This makes it easier to focus more on people skills. Career stability goes a long ways in clearing the mind. Increased awareness that keeping up with trends is outside my abilities switching me over to the Vietnamese base brings me closer to Ngoc.
    On Ngoc’s end, she’s settling more into life in the US after living almost her first 25yrs in Vietnam. She’s been volunteering teaching English to a couple elderly women every week for almost 2 years. This helps her with being more patient and calm. I needed to speak my mind more just like with her slowing down.
    Stability in my career and mental state has made it easier for me to be there for Ngoc when needed. She may have mentioned her challenges before in her computer science studies. The formula I’ve found for months that has helped both of us on my end is to balance out being an active listener to encourage her gently and discretely to keep going through empathy and keeping our problems separated. It’s helped both of us.
    Yes, I know how Asian Cultures work. Academics is valued above all else. The thinking that jumps out are that previous generations didn’t have enough opportunities and it’s the best way to take responsibility in the family whether it’s through sponsorship or providing for their elders as a way of showing grattitude for their sacrifices. We see the benefits when we graduate or have stable careers. I’m fortunate to say that I’m at that point.

    1 week ago
    1. Michele

      Congrats Loc and Ngoc on your upcoming 4 yr anniversary.

      1 week ago
      1. L
        Loc Tran

        Thanks Michele.

        1 week ago
    2. Ngoc Nguyen

      My Loc, I must say how sweet you are! I haven’t heard anything from you since we confirmed our “Bad Boy” day. It’s so great to have a man by my side who only needs to be told once and automatically saves it in his mind! Happy our 4th anniversary, Loc! Love u!

      1 week ago
      1. Nannette

        Congratulations Loc Tran and Ngoc Nguyen on your 4 Year Anniversary. May you share a lifetime of joy and happiness!

        1 week ago
        1. L
          Loc Tran

          Thanks Nannette.

          1 week ago
  12. D
    Deann

    Like Avril said this is a question to ponder. I’ll keep it simple and say, the opportunity to be my best self.

    1 week ago
  13. Avril

    Hmm. I have to think about this one—I tend to be overcommitted. I want to be mindful about calling “more” into my life. As I pause here, two areas beckon. The first is to be easy and agenda-free on my upcoming weekend in the mountains with my husband. We need this time as a couple to reconnect. The second area is my desire to deepen my spiritual practice. I am in an online class and with my meditation teacher and I’d like to be up to date with my readings and fully present in the discussion.

    1 week ago
  14. devy

    The beginning of a new day…to start anew and afresh. Learn from yesterday’s past but don’t let it control the present.

    1 week ago
  15. sunnypatti

    This new day with all of the things that are in store for me. My plate is full, and I am grateful.

    1 week ago
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