Author: Chrysty Darby Hendrick

Gratitude for Sam

Gratitude for Sam

Gratitude, mindfulness
I have been able to spend some time with my youngest godson, Sam, this week. I love him dearly just as I love all of my godchildren, nieces, and nephews. Yet, I am so grateful to have one of my kids live in the same area! It's been such a joy to watch him grow, see his artwork, experience him learning to ride a bicycle, and playing with his growing imagination. He's quite a character and his creativity knows no bounds! Sometimes when the weight of the world's evil and suffering overwhelms me, I find hope and joy in Sammy's eyes. These beautiful children of mine give me the motivation to keep striving for a kinder world, a place of acceptance for them all. I am so grateful Sammy is a part of our lives. (I even think Sam is Sherlock's favorite person in the world.) "To me there is no pic...
Gratitude for Going Vegan Together

Gratitude for Going Vegan Together

Gratitude, mindfulness, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Theology
Mike and I made a big decision this month. We decide to go vegan. When we first discussed this I wasn't exactly sure what "go vegan" even meant. What I discovered is that it means different things to different people in the fine details but the main idea is philosophical and theological as well as nutritional. It is about lessening suffering in the world. And that is something I have been committed to for quite a while now. I can't end all suffering. As far as I can understand the world, and I'm not saying I do understand it, no one person, group, or even civilization can end all suffering. So to aim for less suffering is the highest we can humanly aspire to. What I am discovering in this process is that it feels so much more real to work for less suffering in the world in my daily life...
Gratitude for 47

Gratitude for 47

Gratitude
I had my birthday this week and enjoyed celebrating life with friends and being on the big lake. I've been thinking this week about how grateful I am to be alive. I love my gray hair and my old 80's references. I feel like I'm not getting decrepit, rather I am getting sparklier. :-) By the time my mother was my age she was already a grandmother. None of "my kids" have had kids of their own yet but I'm excited about that prospect too. (Not rushing anyone though.) I don't heal as quickly and I'm not as energetic as I was in my 20's. This is true. Yet the peace of heart I feel often and my great memories keep me grateful for being right where I am. Enjoy life!