thoughts

yesterday, i was humbled.

there are times in my life when i think that things i have “aren’t good enough” or “could be better”.

my house could be bigger.  i could have two cars.  i could have that new tv i’ve had my eye on, the new mattress that i really want.

i get caught up in the “stuff” that i miss the stuff that really matters.

yesterday’s earthquake in haiti got me thinking last night.

as i was laying in bed trying to fall asleep, i couldn’t help but think about the people who live there who, before this tragic event had so little and now since the devastation have even less.

i think about all of the changes i would make to my house and all of the things that i don’t like about it and i fail to remember there there are lots of people going to bed tonight without a roof over their head at all.

a good friend of mine sent me a quote the other day in response to something i had said earlier and i was touched by her thoughtfulness in sharing the quote and by the quote itself.  i hope that one day i am able to fully embrace this consciousness:

“we are most alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – thornton wilder

i want to live in that consciousness, being aware of all the blessings that i am surrounded by.

i’ll end with this: if you haven’t done so already, consider giving to one of the many excellent nonprofit organization who are working to help the victims of the earthquakes.  a little money can go a long way.

here is one place where you can make a donation.  100% of the money goes towards relief efforts:

http://tinyurl.com/AidHaiti

traveling mercies,
jdh

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