Friday, December 27, 2019

Day 34 - I Give Thanks For ...

My current gratitude practice is to share at least 10 things for which I am grateful for each day without repetition.

Today, I give thanks for:
  1. This incredible poem, The Mood of Christmas by Howard Thurman
  2. Ashley helping me get a load of old computer carcasses ready to take to SOCRA.
  3. Finally being able to dispose of approximately 3 years of used insulin syringes (sealed in the proper waste containers.)
  4. The fact that Rochester Hills now participates in SOCRA.
  5. The two attendants at SOCRA totally emptied out the car full of stuff for recycling.
  6. The sheer number of people at the Recycling Center.
  7. A very helpful deli clerk at Kroger who helped me determine how many feet of submarine sandwich we need for Sunday.
  8. My very portable Chromebook convertible tablet which makes note-taking easy.
  9. Meeting with LD Phillip's family in Lake Orion to plan his funeral for Saturday morning.
  10. A sense of accomplishment at getting a lot done today. Each load of stuff I haul out makes the entire house seem lighter.
Christmas continues ...
Ric

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Day 33 - I Give Thanks For ...

My current gratitude practice is to share at least 10 things for which I am grateful for each day without repetition.

Eli carving the Rib Roast.
Today, I give thanks for:

  1. A wonderful family Christmas dinner today with most of us gathered together at Darrins and Steph’s house.
  2. Diane the neighbor who took a double-take as I got out of my car asking, "Ric is that you?" I said yes she hasn't seen me since I've released so much I needed energy to the universe 
  3.  An absolutely stress-free day. Which was so delightful. There was a point in time where the holidays became such a hassle because we couldn't all be together or different ones couldn't be together and I never liked it.
  4.  Finding Eli at home when I got up for my brothers which was a wonderful surprise because he thought he would have to work later.
  5. Plenty of keto-friendly snacks such as sausage stuffed mushroom caps and Ham Roll-Ups with cream cheese.
  6.  I made a 15 lb prime rib which was our main course it was absolutely delicious and perfectly roasted.
  7. Jayda’s cheery disposition and willingness to do whatever is needed.
  8.  Stephanie made a really good crustless cheesecake. Yummy.
  9. Easy conversation between us about those dear family members who are no longer with us, yet are very much part of our gathering,.
  10. Leftover's to bring home.

Christmas in my heart!

Ric

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Day 32 (Christmas Day) I Give Thanks For ...

My current gratitude practice is to share at least 10 things for which I am grateful for each day without repetition.

Christmas Day Sunset
Today, I give thanks for:

  1. The energy and noise of an almost 14-month-old little boy in the house on Christmas Morning. It's no different for him than every other morning. But for me, it was an incredible gift.
  2. The silence in the house this morning after Ashley and Owen left to go do some Christmas stuff with other people. The transition from his youthful excited noise and absolute quiet has been a wonderful reminder for me of the very powerful gift of Silence. I could hear the quiet more clearly than I have in a long time. 
  3. I received a call late this morning from my sister letting me know that she and her husband and several other people who had attended a Pizza Making Party at her house Christmas Eve were all sick with food poisoning. I'm grateful for a plan to celebrate our family Christmas on Thursday the 26th at my brother's house in Lapeer.
  4. At first, I fussed with the sudden shift in plans. Over the next few hours, I realized that I was being gifted the vast majority the day it to reflect, rest, continue my own healing, listen to music, watch a documentary and some YouTube videos. In other words, Christmas Day this year was celebrate Ric day. An experience of expanding consciousness.
  5. An idea that showed up in my mind or perhaps was recalled from something I've read about Christmas not being any specific day or the end of a season.  Christmas is the beginning of a season and expanding Love and Light.
  6. Wearing a blue plaid flannel shirt and red plaid flannel sleep pants and not caring if the colors didn't match. 
  7.  Not going farther than my own door well except to unwrap Murphy from the oak tree in the backyard. At which point of got to meet some of my new neighbors to the north family and the kids wanted to pet Murphy which she was absolutely in favor of by the way. 
  8. Having lived in this neighborhood for 25 years gives me a perspective on having witnessed a couple of transitions in the neighborhood. We have a lot of younger people with families here no as earlier residents moved on and sole their homes. There was a time that gatherings of my family were some of the biggest on the street. This Christmas Day there are several large (by the number of vehicles) In our neighborhood and there are some of us that are just one or two people home. I just notice it like another chapter in a book. 
  9. Sending and receiving many Merry Christmas texts filled with joy and loving thoughts.
  10. The warm day, 50+ and sunny, reminded me of my first Christmas in California When I realized that it's not about the snow.  Don't get me wrong, I like the change of seasons here however if it's cold and snowy great and if it's warm and sunny great.
  11. Working in my home office which has west-facing windows in the afternoon and looking up to watch the sunset which was absolutely spectacular. What an amazing day in every day.
Merry Christmas to me!
Ric

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Day 31 (Christmas Eve) I Give Thanks For ...

My current gratitude practice is to share at least 10 things for which I am grateful for each day without repetition.

Today, I give thanks for:

  1. Waking up at 5 am barely able to breathe and immediately working with the power of Lifeforce and denials and affirmations.
  2. Having a physician who I can contact early on a Christmas Eve morning with a big 911. I woke up sick! Bronchitis, which I've been dealing with for two weeks had taken a serious turn for the worst during the night. He called in prescriptions for prednisone and augmentin.
  3. Coming to terms with the distinct possibility that I may not be able to conduct our Christmas Eve Candlelight Services.
  4. The complete faith that our Team would do an outstanding job without me if needed.
  5. A glimmer of hope filling me a couple of hours after the initial dose of the medications, plus nasal spray and Cold-ease because I felt like I could breathe and the coughing and running nose subsided.
  6. Puffs plus tissues.
  7. As the symptoms continued to subside during the morning and early afternoon, I knew that I would nake it to conduct the services.
  8. Realizing this was my fifth Christmas at Unity of Royal Oak.
  9. Making it to rehearsal.
  10. The incredible performance of our Music Team.
  11. The beautiful New Thought friendly Christmas song our Creative Director, Kim Lange wrote for the service and performed with her sister Stacey
  12. The 70+ luminaries that The Britt bunch prepared and placed lining our walkways and surrounding the property.
  13. Kim and everyone else, helping me to get through the service. (I was not at my best)
  14. Mr. Kabobs giving the church a discount oh the meal we had ordered.
  15. Mary Wackrow's poem, "Pick Your Part."
  16. April & Gracie sharing "The Gift of a Letter."
  17. CJ sharing "A Fillmore Christmas" written by Charles Fillmore in 1919
  18. Rev. Carolyn's beautiful sharing of Christmas Is An Inner Journey
  19. Seeing a whole bunch of people I haven't seen in a while.
  20. The Light shining through my own foggy morning and through each element of the two services. The concepts of Light and God With Us emerging so clear and strong.
  21. Nick helping me to get myself packed up and into the care to go home. He could tell I was rapidly running out of steam.
  22. Driving home with a big awareness of my mom riding home with me.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Ric

Monday, December 23, 2019

Day 30 - I Give Thanks For ...

My current gratitude practice is to share at least 10 things for which I am grateful for each day without repetition.

Today, I give thanks for:
  1. A Big Merry Christmas from the older lady at the dry cleaners who is passionate about sharing her faith.
  2. Having the same dry cleaner for 25 years.
  3. Discovering that MOD Pizza has a  delicious cauliflower crust that is Keto friendly. Yummy!
  4. Premier Pet Supply has the friendliest and most helpful staff.
  5. Finishing my Monday errands very early.
  6. My Chromebook laptop.
  7. Curiosity Stream - one of a couple of streaming services I use with Chromecast.
  8. Receiving an email letting me know that Google Fi is rewarding my loyalty with a free Google Nest mini.
  9. Lydia  Bastianich's PBS show, Lidia's Italy.
  10. Getting to bed early - tomorrow is a long day.
Almost Christmas!

Ric



Sunday, December 22, 2019

Day 29 - I Give Thanks For ...

My current gratitude practice is to share at least 10 things for which I am grateful for each day without repetition.

Sunrise on the First Day of Winter 2019
Today, I give thanks for:
URO Music Makers & Mark Watson

  1. Dawn after the longest night of 2019.
  2. Knowing the days will slowly begin to get longer.
  3. The Unity of Royal Oak Music Makers were absolutely Fabulous this morning.
  4. Receiving many cards, an art heart & a candle, cookies for Own (my grandnephew, and a Costco cash card from dear friends.
  5. Our "Ugly Holiday" sweater day was a huge success. I think more than half wore a sweater. What a perfect fit with the 4th Sunday in Advent theme of Joy.
  6. The Hanukkah sweater in the congregation today. 
  7. As I write this sentence, the sun is setting in the west and I welcome the first night of Hanukkah.
  8. Listening to the music rehearsal for Christmas Eve.
  9. The opportunity for clarity about Christmas Eve Services.
  10. The gorgeous "New Thought" Christmas song that our Creative Director, Kim Lange, wrote for Christmas Eve.
  11. Since I became the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Royal Oak, we have been able to pay the bills when we receive them.
  12. 52° on the first day of winter was awesome.
  13. Karen giving me homemade cookies for Owen.
Happy Holy Days!
Ric

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Day 28 - I Give Thanks For ...

My current gratitude practice is to share at least 10 things for which I am grateful for each day without repetition.

Owen's Christmas Stocking
Today, I give thanks for:

  1. Owen's Christmas stocking hanging on the mantle.
  2. Renewed life in the lower level of my house.
  3. I picked up my new tux for Christmas Eve. It had needed alterations.
  4. My friend and URO member Craig Nelson picked up the donated gas range from friends Mary & Bob Hanser and delivered it to Melanie and installed it for her.
  5. Melanie making french fries for her kids for the first time in a long time.
  6. Lunch with my good friend Tony.
  7. A young & new server who tried too hard.
  8. Free air at the gas station at BJ's Warehouse Club.
  9. The low tire pressure indicator is off finally Yeah!
  10. Saving .20 per gallon on my fillup at BJ's gas.
  11. 46° and Sunny on the day of the Winter Solstice





Only Love,
Ric