14 March 2017 Signs of spring, Gratitude and U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (courage)

Hello to you, I hope this finds you well today. If you aren’t doing so good, are feeling anxious and uncertain….I’m with you!

We must try to remember that each day is a new beginning, a new chance….a fresh start. For my part, I will say thank you God of my understanding for this new day! Thank you for my loving husband, Spot, Link, May, our home and our health. Thank you for our family and friends. Thank you for clean water to drink, food to eat, clothing to wear and safe transportation. Thank you for all those who serve our town to keep all of us and our pets safe. Thank you for all the trees, plants, birds….even the darn ants who found a way into our bedroom this morning lol. Thank you for putting so many amazing people in this world who are doing all they can to protect the air, the water, the soil, the natural creatures we share this planet with and the vulnerable of our world who cannot always speak for themselves or be heard when they do speak.  Thank you!

Purity of soul cannot be lost without consent. St. Augustine

The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have. Leonard Nimoy

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Rumi

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. Author Unknown

http://www.dailygood.org/2017/03/14/when-kids-say-thanks/

It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. Brother David Steindl-Rast

When Kids Say Thanks

Mar 14, 2017— When a child shows or feels gratitude, how does it affect other areas of his or her life over time? How best could we bring this practice into schools? What techniques in which settings produce the best results? Inspired by an act of kindness received while recovering from a childhood illness, Giacomo Bono has been studying the answers to these questions and more, adding to a growing body of research on the science of gratitude. While they’re a few years away from definitive conclusions, one study linked expressions of gratitude with an increase in prosocial behavior, satisfaction with life, hope, and search for purpose, and less antisocial behavior and depression. Another study suggested gratitude was responsible for an increase in achievement, grit, positive social conduct, relationships with peers and teachers, and school satisfaction. In this interesting article, a closer look at the studies so far.

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Pretty powerful stuff here:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/13/congressman-stages-sit–ice-office-protest-trump-immigration-policy/99136490/ – see article for complete story

Federal Protective Service officers gave the congressman and seven immigration advocates taking part-in the sit-in three warnings to leave the facility or face arrest, according to Gail Montenegro, an ICE spokeswoman. At one point, Gutierrez posted on social media that he was even placed in handcuffs but agents changed their mind and allowed the sit-in to continue.

Montenegro said federal agents removed the flex cuffs within approximately two minutes, after ICE officials relayed to the FPS officers that they no longer wanted the congressman and others removed from the building.

“They threatened us with arrest. We said ‘We’re ready to go to jail,'” Gutierrez told reporters after ending the protest. “We stood up to the bullies here…Unfortunately, tonight and tomorrow they will continue to prey on very vulnerable, defenseless people in their homes in the darkness of the night.”

The congressman said he decided to start the sit-in after he felt he received unsatisfactory or incomplete answers from ICE officials about whether they would carry out enforcement raids in churches and other sensitive locations.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/media/92789091-132.html

U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) talks to the media outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office in Chicago after leading a small delegation to meet with the Acting Regional ICE Director in Chicago, March 13, 2017. (Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune)

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3 comments on “14 March 2017 Signs of spring, Gratitude and U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (courage)

  1. it’s good to see some signs of spring… maybe the sun can make even the hearts of some politicians a little bit warmer… but I’m afraid they will melt away like the wicked witch in dorothy’s story :O)

    • Lol – I’m beginning to understand why they have hearts of ice Easy. I can tell in myself these past couple of months that it’s either be buried in despair or callous as the wicked witch. I have to work every day on the middle ground – not losing touch with my heart, my love for humans. I even told Kyle this morning I can tell I’m getting a bit feral – don’t want nothing to do with anybody but him, our family pets and nature. I don’t like what I’m allowing what’s going on in this world do to my soul and so I’m working with the God of my understanding on that – art is really helping with our communication. Much love to you my friend and thank you as always for coming by to say hello.

  2. We each do what we’re able to do, Jackie. Think globally, act locally to me means that while I’m aware of All, I can only take action within my own reality. So, I create my own reality in a way that may be harmonious with the other 7 billion tenants on this beautiful planet! 😉 xoxoM

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