Hope Knows Better

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#NothingButGratitudeNovember: 11/04/2015 Restated

Hope

Today I am grateful for hope. And especially, for the Source from which it flows. I am grateful for its inexhaustible nature. That even when I have felt hopeless, cut off, and stuck in intolerable and seemingly interminable storms, hope has whispered to me in the darkness. Even as I have believed that there is no hope at all. I am grateful that hope knows better and never changes its message.

You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.” Job 11:18 (NIV)

Believe Bravely; Dare Greatly; Thank Boldly,

Jay

Special Thanks

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#NothingButGratitudeNovember: 11/13/2015 Restated

Today I am grateful for many things, including being able to express and share that gratitude openly here with you. And to do so, I am going to share the words from a song about gratitude which has been a favorite of mine for a long time.

Special Thanks

I never get the chance to thank the world, it seems,
For letting you and I live out our wildest dreams.
We’ll all turn into pumpkins one fine day–
So before the chimes of midnight, I would just like to say

Special thanks to the waiter for the table with a view
Of ocean waves and the sunset, as my eyes sank into you.
Special thanks to the waiter, all my best to the sun…
Special thanks everyone.

Kind regards to the vendor selling pretzels in the park
While copper leaves spun around us and the dusk became dark.
Kind regards to the pretzels, all my best to that fall,
And special thanks one and all.

If love is like a play, I think it’s time at last
For us to praise our lights and sound and all-star cast.
I’m grateful for a world that gave me you
And I really must give credit where credit is due:

I’m in debt to a city that put dreams within our reach
I can’t forget to be thankful for the hillside and the beach
Bless the day that I met you, can’t repay what I owe
And I know what I owe is long past overdue
But endless thanks…
Timeless thanks…
Special thanks to you.

Believe Bravely; Dare Greatly; Thank Boldly,

Jay

“Special Thanks” lyrics by Rupert Holmes

It Takes a Village

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#NothingButGratitudeNovember: 11/17/2015 Restated

Fall Village

Today I am grateful for the villages that raised me.

It takes a village to raise a child.” – African proverb

In my case, thankfully, there were a few. I was very, very, … very blessed to be raised, taught, mentored, coached, led, and loved by many wonderful people. Uncles, aunts, grandparents, a step father, cousins, neighbors, teachers, coaches, church leaders, friends, “adopted extended family,” and remarkable role models are wonderful memories of the villages of my youth. Patient, selfless, generous, wise, and kind people who cared for me in a number of different roles and across a number of different locations. And cared for me as if I were one of their own. Teaching me both by silent, tireless example and by patient, hands-on guidance.

I will forever be grateful for all of those villagers and everything that they, individually and collectively, did for me. I have so many incredible, vivid memories of those villages, villagers, and seasons. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Believe Bravely; Dare Greatly; Thank Boldly,

Jay