Itadaki Masu

Itadaki Masu* by John J. Brugaletta I have received water, flowing and pooled, salt and fresh, cold and hot; wind off the ocean, among the trees, over wheat fields; wool for the warmth. I am grateful for these, and for the many-touching octopi, the common beauty of oleanders, tough-limbed oaks, lithe ocelots, leather-skinned oranges, and pungent onions. About me lie perch from farm ponds, peppers and parsnips, potatoes and tellicherry peppercorns, pork and peaches, paprika,…

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Celebrate Your Foolishness

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April 1st is known for being April Fool’s Day. People play jokes on one another and it can be a way of creating a light-hearted atmosphere in a day when we feel overwhelmed and challenged. I like to think of April Fool’s day as a day when we can celebrate our foolishness. We can reflect on all the foolish things we’ve done in our life and smile at them now, since we may have been…

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Be Inspired! Table of Contents for Thirty Thousand Days – Spring, 2015

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Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living: Spring 2015 Table of Contents with Quotes You Are Not Drowning by David Berkun Socrates never said “I’d do great work if I didn’t have philosophy overload from hanging out at the agora.” Emily Dickinson didn’t complain of vocabulary overload in the English language. Picasso, Da Vinci, Tesla and Marie Curie all possessed amazing curiosities and could have easily been distracted away from their work by the…

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A Passion for Giving: Zell Kravinsky

Most of us aspire to be generous. We write tax-deductible checks at the end of the year. We volunteer at the local food shelf. We do what we can while devoting ourselves to those in our inner circle of loved ones. But Zell Kravinsky goes about it differently.

Zell gives with a kind of passion that raises questions and eyebrows. Giving is not something he squeezes into the margins of his life. It’s square and center, it’s what makes him tick, his raison d’êtret. And while everyone can agree on how extreme he is, there’s great controversy about why he does what he does. He’s a saint. He’s a martyr. He’s a troubled man.

But regardless of how you interpret his actions, you may be inspired by the courage and resolve he demonstrates as he follows the convictions of his own heart. (This video is long, but watching even a few minutes might give your mind and heart a good workout. What do you make of his challenging and thought-provoking message?)

Chef: What Can We Learn About Passion and Purpose?


Movie Review Chef – What Can We Learn About Passion and Purpose? The central character in Chef is Carl (played by John Favreau) – a man who has a passion for cooking. A man who has found his purpose. The problem is that he hasn’t found the right place to carry out that purpose. As the film begins he is the head chef at a posh restaurant where he is at odds with the owner,…

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A Fun Prescription for Staying Youthful


Alright, let’s put our cards, so to speak, on the table. What have you got? I’m out, let’s play again, but I deal this time. Do you make time to play cards now and then with your friends? Do you know where your cards are? Oh, you’re not sure you have a full deck? All the more reason to start playing — cards, chess, checkers, monopoly, any board game . . . just get those…

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Unbox Yourself


by Gregg Krech   If you are really, really lucky, you will have time today. Not free time. But the time that’s available between this moment and the moment you are touched by the grace of sleep. What will you do with that time?   The Moon exerts its force on the tides. What force will you exert on the world today?   Will you smile at a stranger? Will you write one page of…

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Work with the Conditions You Encounter


Janet Lipner had a realization recently. She attended a tree care program and, after getting certified, she helped to plant trees. She commented on all the factors that help a tree grow: depth and circumference of the hole, soil quality, water, etc. But wherever you plant the tree, the tree has to deal with whatever conditions are present in that location. This is really true of any kind of plant, since they cannot move or change their circumstances. But the…

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