Universal Words of Gratitude

There is not one day that goes by that I should not be happy. And why? Because I am one of the lucky ones.

If this is true, then why do I often awake from my dreams in a state of depression? Maybe I have been trying too hard to figure this question out, when in fact, I don’t even need to answer it.

I know it’s a fact that I am fortunate for billions of reasons. I may not feel this way, but it’s a fact.  I should feel enthroned and live life benign.

But I get the blues of the worst kind more often than I’d like to admit. From here on out, let these posts serve as therepy. Sounding cliche’d already. Does it matter?

My very own universal words of gratitude are just that… my very own


Another Day

Another day without one universal word to say.

What Is a Friend?

What is a friend? One with whome you can be yourself. With a friend, there is no need to act, no need to display your very best side, no need to even guard your words. You need only be as you are.

And if you act foolishly or speak stupidly, the friend understands, forgives; for that friend, too, has been foolish and stupid, at times.

Laugh, then, with your friend; cry if you must; but above all, love your friend. After all, your friend must love you to be able to tolerate your faults and feelings.

The Seasoned Citizens Contentment Code

Teddy Roosevelt concocted what has come to be called the seasoned citizens contentment code:

“Do what you can with what you have where you are.”

Our Heritage

Every man has leaned upon the past. Every liberty we enjoy has been bought at incredible cost. There is not a privilege nor an opportunity that is not the product of other men’s labors.

We drink every day from wells we have not dug; we live by liberties we have not won; we are protected by instituions we have not set up.

No man lives by himself alone. All the past is invested in him.

– Dr. Thomas Gibbs