Author: Chrysty Darby Hendrick

TGIF: Warm Friendship (and Tea)

TGIF: Warm Friendship (and Tea)

Blessings, community, Gratitude, Spirituality, Thanks, Women
I've had a LOT of reading homework this week.  So I was beginning to feel that my life revolves around Thomas Merton.  When I got to make myself some tea, I realized that my friends were right there with me.  The cup from one and the cosy from another.  With cup and cosy in hand, I went back to reading feeling surrounded by the love of those who do really matter in my life.  Today I am thankful for warm friendship and warm tea.   What are you grateful for? “Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly. "I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more." "You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to takemore than nothing." "Nobody asked your opinion," said Alice.”  ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Shiny Happy People

Shiny Happy People

Gratitude, Spirituality, world
In one of the those moments lost to the great Facebook click-through phenomenon I discovered a blog entry on what Russians tell other Russians about the USA when traveling here.  (It's on a page called Mental Floss, if you haven't checked it out you're missing something!)  These were the final words of wisdom listed: "However, it would be wrong to believe that the Americans with their smiles only create the illusion of well-being and that their smiles are stretched with false joy. This is not so. Americans: they are a nation that truly feels happy. These people get used to smiling from the cradle onwards, so they do not pretend to be cheerful. The desire for a successful happy life is inculcated from childhood.” Today I am grateful that I discovered a view of my country that I would have
TGIF: Romance and Choosing Freedom

TGIF: Romance and Choosing Freedom

Spirituality
A few days ago my husband asked me what I wanted for Valentine's Day.  This is a holiday that neither of us is really fond of.  The pressure of being told that this is the day to express our true love.  Really?  We both find that love needs expressing more than once a year and the pressure of this day actually makes it the hardest day to express love on.  Jam packed with everyone else in chocolatiers and florists and fancy restaurants.  This year I am grateful he asked me what I wanted and I told him the truth.  I want a new controller for our game machine so that we can play my favorite video games together at home all day on Saturday.  We get to define what romance means to us and I am grateful to know this lesson of freedom from societal pressure.  (Oh and his response: "I'm a lucky guy