the gift of laughter

I am especially glad of the divine gift of laughter; it has made the world human and lovable, despite all its pain and wrong.

 

Laughter can renew like a short nap in the afternoon or a refreshing journey outside after a long day.

My mother and I have always had a way of sharing a burst of laughter that might touch us so deeply it can bring soul-washing tears. Under stress, feeling pain or the burden of grief, we can find ourselves noticing something silly one of us may have said. In a snap, we are moved into Grace-filled and stress-releasing laughter. And in those moments, we know laughter’s divine gift.

No one can plan this type of laughter. It is spontaneous and comes from a deep place in each of us. It is healing and brings people together.

At this time in our world, I pray we share much of this type of laughter- amongst ourselves and beyond our neighborhoods.

We are in need of its healing and its ability to unite.


Quote: W.E.B. Du Bois
PHOTO: Eye for Ebony

 

found in Gratefulness.org

any time

Yes
It could happen any time, tornado,
earthquake, Armageddon. It could happen.
Or sunshine, love, salvation.
It could, you know. That’s why we wake
and look out – no guarantees
in this life.
But some bonuses, like morning,
like right now, like noon,
like evening.


Quote: William Stafford, “Yes” in “The Way It Is
Image: Pinterest

May I live this day…

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May I live this day

Compassionate of heart,

Clear in word,

Gracious in awareness,

Courageous in thought,

Generous in love.


Quote: JOHN O’DONOHUE
Photo: Ann Cahill

excerpt from ‘Matins’ – (from FaceBook page)

Deeper than reason


What’s magical, sometimes, has deeper roots than reason.

 


Quote: Mary Oliver, Such Silence
Image: Jan Richardson

thank you, Karl Duffy

choose love – always

 

We must continually choose love in order to nourish our souls and drive away fear,
just as we eat to nourish our bodies and drive away hunger.

 


Quote: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler
Photo: Michael Fenton

from Gratefulness.org