Gratitude

  • Gratitude,  Happiness,  Health & wellbeing

    You are legendary

    “Don’t be satisfied with stories, or how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” ~Rumi   In our celebrity driven culture, it’s easy to dismiss our own lives as unglamorous or uninteresting. But as the Sufi poet Rumi reminds us in today’s quote, comparing ourselves to others is a waste of precious time. And besides, do all those curated Instagram photos and People feature stories reveal the whole truth of “how things have gone” with others? So do yourself a favor today: Appreciate how far you’ve come. Think of all your gifts and advantages, no matter how small or large. After that, consider everything you’ve done to touch…

  • Events & news,  Generosity,  Gratitude,  Health & wellbeing

    Why helpers are luckier

    “You can get everything in life you want — if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” ~Zig Ziglar The phrase “paying it forward” — helping others without expecting anything in return — is practically a cliche now. But there’s something to it. I’ve discovered over the years that whenever I do nice things for others (or help them out of a bind) my life magically improves, too. Helping other people adds to our own happiness, opens new doors, and even improves our health and wellbeing. In other words, generosity may look altruistic but it’s actually self-serving — in a good way. Life isn’t a competition.…

  • Gratitude,  Health & wellbeing,  Optimism

    Three’s a charm

    “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are: Something to do, something to love, and something to hope.” ~Joseph Addison, English poet and essayist There’s something to be said for “The Rule of Three” — a time-honored literary device. We’ve got those three blind mice, three musketeers, three spirits of Christmas, and three wise men, just for starters. And of course, in countless fairy tales, the protagonist is granted three wishes or given three tasks. Yesterday I posted a few thoughts on the benefits of Dr. Andrew Weil’s “Three Good Things” journaling exercise. Today, along these lines, 18th-century essayist Joseph Addison gives us “three grand essentials” for happiness. How…

  • Gratitude,  Holidays

    Thanksgiving

    “We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ~John F. Kennedy Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I’m very grateful for all of you and for the opportunity to share Life Lines. Your comments and emails keep me going — even when I think I’ve run out of things to share. If my writings and photos make even a small difference in your days, I’m twice as grateful. I hope you have many blessings to count today! ~Cindy La Ferle

  • Generosity,  Gratitude,  Inspirational quotes

    The light of gratitude

    “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~Albert Schweitzer Gratitude lists are a big part of the community journaling workshops I teach periodically — and I try to practice what I preach. One of my favorite exercises is to jot down the names of everyone, past and present, who made a difference in my life. My family doctor — who retires this month — is at the top of my list. I wouldn’t be walking pain-free today if it weren’t for his care…