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Sweet. Simple. Joy.

“Ultimately it’s the simple things that make a difference.” – Chris Smalling

“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

Anchor to hope, not circumstances. Assume the best in others and be proven wrong on occasion. Find the blessings in the burdens.

Joy is available in all seasons and cycles. It’s a constant. Our most important job is to find it daily in plain sight, lurking, longing to be found. Let joy sneak up on you.

Joy can be found in the silly, in mischief, in frolicking, in prayer, in laughter, in nature, in an embrace, in flowers, in a smile, in music, in art, in literature, in play, in gratitude, in dogs, even in some people (make sure you’re one of them), in simple encounters.

Double count blessings, multiply joy. Abundance and light with a shift in attention, focus and intention.

“Play is the highest form of research.” – Einstein

Get out of your head into your imagination. The journey is what you make it so settle only for sweet, simple joy.

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” – Stephen Covey

Color Parade

“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.” – Allen Klein

“Life did not stop, and one had to live.”— Leo Tolstoy

The bright brilliant, unending parade of flowers remind us that life continues to unfold, bloom, burst, fade, finish and then begin yet again. Allow yourself to be surprised, to be awed, to be awakened. Look around, not back and not too far ahead. This season is overflowing with beauty – cannon ball into the deep end and flap around with delight. One has to live. Seek, soak and cast light.

“That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.” – William Wordsworth

The Grass Under Your Feet

“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” – Henry Miller

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” – Eleonora Duse

We plot, we plan, we prepare, we think, we overthink.
Our journey twists, turns and takes us places that were not in our plans.
The Yiddish proverb Der mentsh trakht und Gott lakht (“Man plans and God laughs”) is the origin of Woody Allen’s quote, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”
God has His own plans for us and they are so much bigger than our own.

So, if you are in the midst of a plot twist right now, be patient, trust and wait with joy, held in a peace that passes understanding and grace that is overflowing.

In Amy Bost Henegar’s daily prayers, she often says don’t diagnose or tell God what to do, just hold up your thoughts to God.
Be where you are right now, feel the grass under your feet.
Allow God’s plans to unfold in your life.
They will whether you cooperate or not.
See the brilliance in a blade of grass, where you are standing right now.
Gratitude holds, carries and pulls us through.
See the wonder in this day.

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G. K. Chesterton

Spring Harvest

“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.” – William James

“Do you not say, “Four months more, then comes the harvest? But I tell you look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting.” – John 4:35

Each season creates a harvest. Sowing, tending and reaping daily we savor the harvest in gratitude, awareness and awe in beauty abound, in seemingly simple things.

New flowers are blooming daily, filling the air with fragrance as summer takes the driver’s seat. Pull over and spend some time in the spring harvest to awaken your senses. Deeply rooted gratitude is the secret to sustaining the winds.

Do not miss the scenery on the road to what’s next, to what’s easy, to someday. William James said, “The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” The art of brilliance is seeing the beauty and bounty in each day, in the moment, free from circumstances and expectations.

Never surrender joy in difficult times. Guard it, embrace it, release it. Joy multiplies. The fields are ripe for harvesting today. Life is in the details woven through each day.

“Time itself comes in drops.” William James

Sacred Delight

“Life is surprising, thank God, and God, the chance to know Oneness, lives in surprise. For God is seldom in our plans, but always in the unexpected.” – Mark Nepo

“Wisdom consists in doing the next thing that you have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it. And the delight is the sense of the sacred.” Helen M. Luke

One step at a time
On to the next thing
Keep moving, allowing the road to unfold
May you find the essential in each and every day
Recognizing the depth and brevity of each moment
The sacred always available to be found

“We hurry through the so-called boring things in order to attend to that which we deem more important, interesting. Perhaps the final freedom will be a recognition that every thing in every moment is ‘essential’ and that nothing at all is ‘important.’” – Helen M. Luke


The Realm

“once you have tasted the taste of sky, you will forever look up”― Leonardo DaVinci

“Joy – Beneath sorrow and happiness there lies the realm of joy. Joy is deeper than any emotion. It is a state of Being. When new receive life exactly as it is, whether we are happy or sad about the circumstance, we find beneath these fleeting emotions there is a wellspring of joy. This joy knows and celebrates the mystery in which we are privileged to participate.” – Ann Mortifee, In Love with the Mystery

Beneath, above, around and in reach
All you need in this moment is readily available to access, to accept, to explore
New day, new eyes, open heart
Start and end with gratitude and the in between takes care of itself.
Joy is a river that flows and remains, sit down on its shores.
Hope is the sky, look up in awe.
Gratitude is fuel, fill up daily.

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”― Rumi

The Current

“Wherever you are in life, be careful not to get swept into the current of noise. It will carry you to places not chosen by you. With each step you take, be sure to feel the earth underneath the soles of your feet and keep your focus fixed on your heart space; this will help to keep you grounded in the peaceful rhythm of true nature.” – Sarah Blondin, Heart Minded, How to Hold Yourself and Others in Love

Beneath the wind and waves is a current, a steady flow. Spend some time there each day. Seek the depth, embrace the mystery and be present and aware of what’s most important, what’s lasting. Every encounter has the gift of growth and fruition. Choose where you will put your energy today.

“When you view your life symbolically, as a spiritual journey, it allows you to examine more objectively your actions as well as your decisions not to act. You can attempt to draw a lesson from every encounter and experience.” – Caroline Myss, Invisible Acts of Power

Unconditional Gratitude

“Imagination must constantly run on a new track or it becomes lifeless. A living imagination is essential to prayer.”― Calvin Miller, The Table of Inwardness

“The Blessing – The end of desire awakens the blessing. We see life as perfect with all its joys and challenges. We become capable of penetrating its secrets. We find that what was hidden becomes revealed. What was unfathomable becomes simple and direct. This is the blessing that can only be known through unconditional gratitude.” – Ann Mortifee, In Love with the Mystery

May you see the blessing in this day

Awaken to the essence of being

Aware of the quiet transformation of becoming

Find the oasis in the desert of your thoughts

Let your imagination run wild

And be resurrected in every moment

“The Eternal Essence of Being – We are a becoming. There is no shore to which we must journey. There is no place to which we must arrive. We are an ever-evolving phenomenon, changing, spiraling, transforming. Consciousness is not a place to which we are going. It is the very substance, the essence of all we are. Our body, mind, emotion and soul are fluctuations of awareness within an endless vibration. We are sparks of intelligence at play. To be resurrected in every moment of every day is to grasp the perpetual nature of becoming and the eternal essence of being.” – Ann Mortifee, In Love with the Mystery


“May your heart be an altar, from which the bright flame of unending thanksgiving ascends to heaven.” – Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What’s in front of you right now?
Where will you put your energy and effort today?
What altars are you kneeling at?
What fruit will you bear?
Do you see a pile of rocks or the makings of a cathedral?

Each day we make choices, actively or passively. Decisions that direct our path. What we take in, what we cast out, what we make of the material present and available within.

Make a hard stop. Take a deep breath. Look around. Then proceed. Choose your direction on the path that serves your becoming, expanding and unfolding. Finish the cathedral, rock by rock.

Grace. Gratitude. Great works.

“Keep alive within you and bring under wise control that courage which makes you long to undertake great works, which others might consider it folly to attempt.” – Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

Canvas and Paint

“From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.” – Aeschylus

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

What will you paint on the blank canvas of this day?
What will you allow to be painted on the canvas of your soul?


Beyond the surface of doing to the depth of presence and being.
Open heart, quiet mind.


Be the canvas and the paint.

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Eden Phillpotts

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