Sunday, November 30, 2008

Appreciation Poem


Hustle bustle, faster pace.
Who was that?
I didn’t see the face.
Faster, faster we all spin.
What a world we now live in.

I watched the news-
What a horrible sight.
Someone’s without a home tonight.
What was that? Vandals strike?
I wonder what that would feel like.

Stepping out-
Notice the crowd.
These are neighbors, scared but proud.
Pulled together, hand in hand
Together, united, we all must stand.

Strength, it grows,
Day by day;
Person to person, in very small ways.
A nod, a smile, a friendly face.
Many people filled with grace.

Respecting differences,
Reaching out.
That is what a global community
Is all about.

Renee Canali July,2005

Friday, November 28, 2008

Gratitude quotes

Favorite quotes from David Riklan, Founder of

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. ~Edward Sandford Martin

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. ~Cicero

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was "thank you," that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


November 27 is Thanksgiving Day in the US. Although the focus in many homes turns to great food and football, the spirit of the holiday is to gather and give thanks for all we have, materially as well as spiritually.

I am thankful that I have met many unique individuals over this past year. I have been presented with and created opportunities. I have a wonderful, growing support team. I am blessed with health, as is my family. I have strength and support to endure what may come to me in the form of challenges. As I have overcome challenges in the past, I know I can do the same in the future.

I thank each and every person with whom I have crossed paths this past year. Drivers that gesture because we disagree on how to function on the roads together, people whose hurt and anger have been thrust my way, people I have smiled at but were unaware I had them in my thoughts. Thanks to those that have served me in some way-waitstaff at restaurants, clerks in stores, police, fire and rescue personnel, banking associates, telephone operators and customer service associates. I thank the utilities for bringing me electricity, water, sewer service, cable, telephone and heat.

Most of all, I thank YOU for reading and contributing to my blog. The world is awakening to the power of sharing positive energy and this is only one way we can gather to send our energy to others.

May your life be blessed with the expression of gratitude daily. If you haven't yet taken time to check out The Gratitude Diet by David Margolis, please consider it for yourself or a loved one this holiday season. I do not receive any consideration for this product-I just believe in its power.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

In memorium

Yesterday I attended a graveside service for a man I met several years ago through Business Networkers International. David Feldmann passed away this weekend from cancer.

I am not sad. David was a man who lived with integrity and always gave what he could of himself. He did a 100 mile bike ride each spring for MS, being one of the top fundraisers. He had 7 children, 3 of which were adopted.

David was an insurance broker and settlement attorney. He spent meticulous time reviewing settlement papers from the first letter to the last period, making sure every words was in order. He believed in doing business "the old way", one person at a time, one step at a time and with the client's needs in mind. David always offered to review people's insurance policies to see if he could find a way to get better coverage for their money and to make sure their needs were truly being met. He never asked for a sale. This was one of his gifts.

I am grateful that David was part of my life. He knew what he stood for and was proud to stand tall. His integrity and business savvy were great models for me.

Shalom, David. May your legacy live on through each person you touched in some way.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Free gratitude

Election Day 2008 United States of America

A reminder of the freedoms we take for granted and the efforts that go unnoticed.

-election judges and the behind-the-scenes workers that make voting possible
-neighbors meeting neighbors and sharing the freedom of speech
-candidates and their families that sacrifice privacy, time and energy for the good of the whole
-pollsters, campaign volunteers,etc.
-many of us who have difficulty with mobility or function that get to the polls to cast a vote and stand up to be counted

The world is changing around and with the US. Let us all stand up and be counted among those who love their fellow man!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Blessings in Stone

Two friends were walking through the desert. As the day wore on and they became hotter and wearier, they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other in the face.

The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand, "Today my best friend slapped me in the face."

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they knelt beside a pond, eager for a long, cool drink. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him.

After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone, "Today my best friend saved my life."

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, " After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you wrote on a stone. Why?"

The other friend replied, "When someone hurts us we should write it in the sand where the winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can erase it."

Let's learn to write our hurts in the sand and carve our blessings in stone.
(As published in the November 2008 issue of Bill's Bulletin,