Thought for the day: "Expectations are a premeditated resentment."
A friend was struggling with something; I could tell she was really hurting inside. I passed on to her some pearls of wisdom that I have had to learn the hard way through the years. I have found that pearls of wisdom can be difficult pills to swallow, for certain, but worth the serenity that comes from them once accepted and applied to one's life. My…Continue
Today was our monthly all-staff meeting at work (a Church preschool). I had signed up to share a devotional at the beginning of the meeting and decided to share my love of random acts of kindness. I wanted to start off by sharing something kind with everyone, so yesterday I asked for suggestions here on the blog. I decided to start the meeting by leaving a card in everyone's seat with words of encouragement & a piece of chocolate. Here are a few of the cards:
I was struggling with what I should do today when the answer fell at my feet - literally. I looked out my bedroom window and saw a tiny raptor sitting on my front lawn about 15 feet away from my dog (!). I brought my dog inside, and I called the non-emergency police number. I asked the dispatcher what I should do. "Call the rapture center," she told me. I assumed she was referring to the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center rather than the final resurrection, so I gave the Raptor…Continue
VJG 07-25-12 It's Funny What Forgiveness Looks Like - Pearls of Wisdom
Years ago, I had issues with someone who I thought should have done a better job in her part of our relationship. When a priest asked me one day if I thought that maybe she was doing the best she could with the resources she had at the time, I answered a resounding, "No!" Oh my, my my. My heart needed to learn a thing or two about understanding, acceptance, forgiveness, and loving people in…Continue
VJG 07-04-12 Happy 4th of July!
Yesterday's gift was to make 3 loaves of banana nut bread. Gerry and I will enjoy one of the; one is in the freezer for when I bring something for a pot luck, and the third loaf will be to our new neighbors next door.
Today's gift was for Gerry and me. I cleaned our kitchen until it sparkles! (It’s been a job that has been a source of procrastination.)
Now I am going to give myself the gift of a cup of delicious…Continue
i got an email yesterday, about the Maxwell House Drops of Good Campaign. you can vote every day for one of several different community centers across the nation and the one that gets the most votes will receive a $50,000 award to use for whatever they need most. it tells you a bit about each of the centers on the site. you can vote once a day and there are 34 days left to vote. i've already voted today : ) if you are interested, here is the link:…Continue
Hello Givers! Hope you are all great!
Yesterday I was introduced to Heather's House, a local org that helps women going through radiation and chemo, items that make them feel pretty - wigs, hats, scarves, special bras for mastectomy patients, etc. I LOVE this! So, I gave.
Today I gave our antique rocking chair to a friend who, after trying everything over two years to get pregnant, finally is! Woo Hoo.
Have a great, giving weekend all!
I don't get into town much, so I have been looking at local non-profits on the internet. Was amazed and impressed by the number of wonderful organizations here in my wee town.
Yesterday I was able to donate, via the internet, money to our local food bank.
Today I'm in town so I have been putting the 29 days notecards on mirrors with the message: Look how beautiful you are!
This is a lot of fun. Gives me something to look forward to every day!
Day one I hid money in my son's plastic Easter eggs. He's 19 and scraping by.
Day two I left a huge tip for the girl who sold me a scoop of Gelato.
Today, day three, I got to give twice. One, I sent a note to a friend telling her she looked great. (she sent a message back saying she really needed to hear that today) and I gave some money to our local animal shelter.
The fun thing is deciding what to do each day. So much positive energy pouring out as we think of the…Continue
Thank you so much to those of you who posted your inspiring remarks on my blog (FrockFiles.com) yesterday. In fact, almost all the comments were from 29 Gifts members, and I think it's because the other readers aren't in the habit of giving gifts. Hopefully they're thinking about it now that you've shown them some great examples.
I just wanted to let you know that I've written a new post, entitled, "19 Gifts That Cost Little to Nothing" and I'd love…Continue
Found this list and thought someone may be able to get some use from it. ;)
VJG 11-06-11 Gifts Given and Already Forgotten By The Time of Writing This Post
Since I have been spending so much time learning and doing my job, and working lots of overtime too, I haven't been as focused on my giving journey as I was before and I miss it. I miss the joy I feel when I give. I miss seeing the joy my gifts give others. I miss the rush of the give in my veins. I miss the rush I feel when I create something of beauty…Continue
I am not a religious person but have developed my own set of beliefs based on study and life experience. Something that does return me to my roots is a celebration in Mexico for the Virgin of Guadalupe. It begins December 1st and…Continue
Today I came across a book by the title of "The Prayer Of Jabez" and this person is special. Not many people know about Jabez in the bible. His words to God were so powerful that God always grants his request.
The prayer as below
Prayer of Jabez
Oh, that You would bless me indeed…Continue
My site The Gift Prolific has been having a great month. I am on day 27. For those who haven't heard about it I am giving a gift away each day for a year....then I am making a small painting about each day's gift. At the end of the year (next year at Burning Man) I am going to gift away all of the paintings!
Each gift has it's own blog entry talking about the gift and the painting. It has been really…Continue
YAAD stands for "Year and a day"
My friend Kambrielle is leaving for Canada. I almost always have my calligraphy pens and a drawing pad with me. It was her going away dinner last night. I felt inspired and pulled out my brand new purple pen & "drew" her name along with a few symblos... including the canadian flag... even though it was a really simple drawing she really apreciated it... and had plans to make sure "it didn't get crushed."
I just finished a year and a day of mythical poetry... 365 poems in 366 days... it was wonderful. Every poem was a gift to the world, the universe. Some I posted here. I wanted to share that there were many side effects from doing this. During the first 100 days... I didn't have a single migraine!!! That was a really big deal for me. A lot like Cami's story, focusing on something took away attention to the…Continue
So for a year and a day I agreed to write poetry... and yesterday was the end of that journey. 365 poems. Thank you for your love. Your support. Your encouragement, and reading.. periodically commenting on the poetry I wrote, not only for myself, but for the world... I will let you know when it becomes a book... thank you so much for following me on this amazing journey.
My home, it actually looks like no one's been minding the store for a while. Although I have one hundred other projects that I could be doing, my sanity (or the preservation of such) calls for what I like to term a 'putter' day. No big things, just a lot of little things that are building up. Smudgy doors. No cookies in the cookie bag. Re-organizing the pantry. Finally vacuuming.
This will be the gift that keeps on giving all week…Continue