I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

Like most people the turning of the calendar year always makes me become very aware of the passage of time.  Today with that thought in my mind I am very, very thankful to paraphrase David Budbill to be alive in this life. this morning, under this sky.

Winter: Tonight: Sunset
by David Budbill

Tonight at sunset walking on the snowy road,
my shoes crunching on the frozen gravel, first

through the woods, then out into the open fields
past a couple of trailers and some pickup trucks, I stop

and look at the sky. Suddenly: orange, red, pink, blue,
green, purple, yellow, gray, all at once and everywhere.

I pause in this moment at the beginning of my old age
and I say a prayer of gratitude for getting to this evening

a prayer for being here, today, now, alive
in this life, in this evening, under this sky.

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Jacqueline and I invite you to join in on our blogging event called The Writer’s Quote Challenge.

This is Jacqueline’s week and her prompt follows:

“We are all vessels. The question is what are the contents of your vessel?” Jacqueline

My thoughts this week turn to the new year of 2017 approaching and Jacqueline’s quote left me thinking about how we are all vessels sailing into the new year with hope for the future.  The following poem spoke to me:

Upon the bridge you stand;
It’s your ship, aye, your own ship,
And you are in command.
Just what the twelve months’ trip will do
Rests wholly, solely, friend, with you.

Your logbook kept from day to day
My friend, what will it show?
Have you on your appointed way
Made progress, yes or no?
The log will tell, like guiding star,
The sort of captain that you are.

For weal or woe this year is yours;
Your ship is on life’s sea
Your acts, as captain, must decide
Whichever it shall be;
So now in starting on your trip,
into the New Year!


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Dear Spirit, Holy Creator,

As I gaze upon this last moon of 2015

my heart is filled with prayer.

I pray that I and my fellow brothers and sisters

will contemplate this same beautiful moon

and our hearts will become enchanted.

The enchantment will fill our hearts with love

for ourselves and for all our fellow citizens of this planet.

I pray that this enchantment will last through all of 2016.

I pray that it will cause us to look up at each other

with awe and love,

and prevent our gaze from looking down upon each other

with anger and hate.

My prayers for us,