Author: hannah

TGIF:  Gratitude for Peace

TGIF: Gratitude for Peace

Spirituality
Thirteen years ago I watched as my understanding of peace evaporated. It was no longer "the normal state of my country" but became something elusive and mysterious. Now we have been at war for thirteen years with images on my television I never dreamed I would see. As we get further and further away from peace as normality for the US, I have begun to realize that I must treasure each moment of peace given to me in my life. And each day that I get up and manage the conflicts in my life with peace, I celebrate! I watch others creating peace in large and small ways too. I live in hope that these efforts and the efforts of millions more peaceful people in the world will change our battling world and there will be even more peace to be grateful for in the next thirteen years. "If we have no pea
TGIF: Gratitude for a Crisis Averted

TGIF: Gratitude for a Crisis Averted

Gratitude, Nature, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Yesterday as I was walking my dog, I stopped to talk to a neighbor. My dog, Sherlock, stood patiently while we spoke for a few minutes so I gave him a treat to reward his patience. He choked. It was quite frightening for me and him. He was getting a little bit of air but not much and he was panicking. I called my husband to pick us up and take us to the animal emergency room. As I waited to meet him, I picked up Sherlock and started walking toward my house. The car came around the corner and suddenly the treat cleared Sherlock's throat and he was breathing heavily in my arms.By the time we got back to the house, Sherlock was fine. I, on the other hand, was not. The scare had given me a rush of adrenaline and I pushed my lungs too far. So I had an asthma attack. We dealt with that at home a...