Friday Wishes: “You think this is just another day in your life…it’s not just another day…today…it’s a gift…”… from “A Good Day” and the inspirational TED video “Gratitude”

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…today…
it’s given to us,
…it’s a gift…
it’s the only gift we have right now…
and the only appropriate response is gratefulness

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“Friday Wishes”

Some of my very favorite “pages,” on the entire Pocket Perspectives blog… with words from the  inspiring, heart warming video “A Good Day”  (posted below) by Benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast… part of the wonderful website Gratefulness.org, and also presented within the TED video “Gratitude”  (also posted below)

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“I wish that you would open your hearts to all these blessings”

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“Friday Wishes”
opening our hearts to this precious “view”
… to “view” our many blessings…
and to share our blessings with each other


a wish for today
a wish for each and every day
a wish for us all

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 Listening with open hearts
to the deep tenderness and love in Br. David Steindl-Rast’s  words and voice,
as he touches our hearts
with these words of love, appreciation, gratitude and inspiration….

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gratitude louie schwartzberg

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Perhaps, pause for  a few minutes?…and offer yourself a special gift?
viewing this short, WONDERFUL video
“viewing” with open and loving eyes, ears, hearts and minds…
I think you’ll find it very special and inspiring!

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The video…“Gratitude”
the same Br. Steindl-Rast section begins at 4:44 into the video

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May we open our hearts,
and “view” the bountiful blessings around us each and every day.

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gratitude this day is a gift Brother Steindl-Rast

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May we be  filled with gratitude for the kind, loving, generous and supportive people we have in our lives.
May the love and kindness we offer to each other be received and increasingly enrich the lives of those around us.
May we deeply appreciate the the bountiful and generous “gifts” that we offer to each other, as we live the “gift” of this precious day.

May we let our gratefulness overflow into blessings all around us….
and then this will be a very good day!

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“Friday wishes…” offering generosity, kindness, love, compassion and encouragement

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Friday wishes and encouragement

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Ahhhh…. a favorite of mine…..
I really LOVE…. “Friday Wishes”….


And on this particular Friday….
where so many people are in the midst of a VERY chilly month, week and day…
perhaps offering yourselves the warmest of wishes….
the metaphorical comfort and encouragement
of a heart-warming campfire.

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“Friday wishes…”
Wishing each and every one of us….
abundant amounts of
generosity, kindness, love, compassion, encouragement.

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May these precious qualities
be freely offered and shared amongst many,
happily and gratefully received amongst all….

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Sharing warmth and encouragement….
as each one of us is contributing to
rekindling our own and each other’s  light

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Friday wishes and encouragement rekindling

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Friday wishes and encouragement and rekindling

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….Friday wishes….
offering and receiving warmth and light,
the rekindling of those precious embers that sustain us

A robust and warm glow emerging from offerings of….
generosity, kindness, love, compassion and encouragement,
freely offered, lovingly received.

May you feel an abundance of warm and loving
Friday wishes

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Sharing happiness with each other…. on Valentine’s Day…and every day!

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valentine sharing happiness with each other

 

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valentine sharing happiness with each other kindness generosity

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valentine sharing happiness with each other....interest and well being

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valentine sharing happiness with others

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 Happy Valentine’s Day!
to each and every one who stops by Pocket Perspectives!
:)

May we share happiness with everyone in our everyday lives!

Sharing….
kindness, appreciation, generosity, help and care

Showing genuine interest in….and caring about…
the well being of all people in our lives,
today… and… every day!

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valentine sharing happiness from our hearts

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Happiness…encouraging “flourishing” in ourselves and others…. on Nurturing Thursday

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flourish perma Jan 2015 time is now....

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Perhaps we each have our own ideas
about what “being happy” may involve?

For myself,
it seems to involve  an ongoing sense of  “well being” or “contentment”.

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Martin Seligman, the author of the book  Flourish, uses the  word “flourish,”  instead of  the word “happiness.”  He writes that, in his opinion, the develop-able components  that contribute to “flourishing” are represented in the acronym, PERMA.


PERMA

P
ositive emotion,
E
ngagement,
M
eaning,
R
elationships
A
ccomplishment…

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Living with those qualities, perhaps functioning a bit like spokes on a wheel

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flourish perma spokes on a wheel

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An important  purpose of these pages is to remind myself
to try to stay aware of  the preciousness of time...
 to try to make optimal use of the time,
opportunities and energy
that I have right now


time is “suspicious”
…it flies by…
so to use “time” well,
to flourish
for the well being of myself and others

 

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flourish perma Jan 2015 time is now....

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flourish perma Jan 2015 simple

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May we all “flourish”…. each and every day

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This post is part of “Nurturing Thursday,”  hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.  Please stop by Becca’s blog to view her post and to link into today’s “Nurturing Thursday” posts by other nurturing bloggers… they’re all VERY special!

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2/11/15  Ideas, below, added the following week, based on related and supporting ideas I read and linked into, after creating those PERMA “pages”

Via Character Strengths Qualities: online survey UPENN, Authentic Happiness, Seligman

Positive Emotions:  from articles by Barbara Fredrickson,  University of North Carolina

flourish perma and positive emotions combo
Positivity: “self test” from books, website and articles by Barbara Fredrickson,  University of North Carolina
PERMA:  UPENN  Martin Seligman, 

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Combinations of those ideas…PERMA, Positivity, Positive Emotions…. put together into “chart form” by Kathy….I created this chart and additional “pages”  to use, reflect upon, become more aware about and to nurture living more richly and fully, with the qualities on that page…..


Link to more easily readable, printable, pdf copy of this chart: Chart with Positivity, Positive Emotions and PERMA

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Fredrickson’s    “Positive Emotions”

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flourish perma and positive emotions combo

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Below: a combination page:
PERMA,
   Via Character Strengths,   Positivity,   Positive Emotions

I created and am using this page for becoming more aware of and nurturing these qualities in myself, in my everyday life…..

(Using the results from my/Kathy’s VIA Character Strengths survey  in center column,as an example…I’m sure many of us have similar strengths….so this  “reminder page” could be usable for others, too)

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flourish perma via and positive emotions and qualities

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      The other VIA Character Strengths qualities, below, that I haven’t developed quite as much… but which might/would probably benefit from being nurtured, too.
At first, I just decided to leave these qualities OFF the page…but then tried to get a bit more “open minded” and thought perhaps I’d add them…and consider nurturing them, too….

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A page with a  blank space, in the center column,
to perhaps print out and fill in your own “character strengths or qualities”
….those you might value or want to nurture and develop more fully

(you can get those “Via results”  by taking the online VIA survey from UPENN questionnaire website.  I think VIA stands for “Values in Action” )

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flourish perma and positive emotion via blank to fill in

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Flourish….  :)

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“Common Humanity”…may we nurture and support the well being of all beings…Nurturing Thursday

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“Common Humanity”
may we lovingly nurture and support the well being of all beings

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common humanity just like myself 7 billion of us wish for...

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“Common Humanity”

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common humanity may we lovingly nurture and support the well being of all beings

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This post is part of “Nurturing Thursday,”  hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.  Please stop by Becca’s blog to view her post and to link into today’s “Nurturing Thursday” posts by other nurturing bloggers… they’re all VERY special!

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Flying on the wings of wisdom and compassion…Nurturing Thursday

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flying on the wings of wisdom and compassion

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A bird needs two wings to fly.
Like the bird, we also benefit from using two wings…
the wings of “wisdom” and “compassion.”

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One wing can be represented by “wisdom” the perspectives and deep insights  about the nature of  life, the universe,  people and their interactions.

The other wing can be represented by “compassion” a sense of love, kindness, acceptance and the  heartfelt wish for others to be free from unhappiness or suffering.

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Wisdom, without compassion, might become aloof or dispassionate.
Compassion, without wisdom, might become overwhelming.
Together they enhance and balance each other.
Wisdom and Compassion

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May we all develop our abilities
to fly on our own wings of wisdom and compassion

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flying on the wings of wisdom and compassion~

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Today’s post is part of “Nurturing Thursday,” hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea. Please stop by Becca’s blog to view her post and to link into today’s “Nurturing Thursday” posts by other nurturing bloggers… they’re all VERY special!

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A New Year’s Wish for all… nourishment, clarity, fluency, protection and love…Beannacht

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Beannacht John O'Donohue A New Year's blessing 2015

 

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A blessing, from Beannacht, by John O’Donohue

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A wish for the blessings of
nourishment, clarity, fluency, protection and love…

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Beannacht New Years Blessing John O' Donohue  Jan 1 2015

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Beannacht New Years Blessing John O'Donohue  2015

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May there be abundant blessings to all….
throughout this precious New Year

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