November 2018 E-News
Living with Gratitude
"Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
Alphonse Karr
Greetings!
If you are looking for a practical way to structure your gratitude these days, here is an exercise in three parts: 

Past:  What is something good that has happened in the past 2 days?
Future : What are you looking forward to? (might be next week or next decade)
Present : What is good about being your particular age, and this stage of life?

It is this last question that I have been thinking about recently. I appreciate the question because it draws me to the present, a place I seem to avoid with some consistency. I reminisce about the past easily, and also enjoy thinking about the future. But the present? As the poet John O’Donohue writes:

    Stranded between time
   Gone and time emerging,
 We manage seldom
 To be where we are..
  ( John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us)

For those of us who struggle "To be where we are," it can be helpful to think about what is good about this particular age and stage of life. I can get whiny about the challenge of raising teenagers, but it is pretty amazing to see two souls becoming more and more their own selves right before my eyes. I can complain about how busy I am, but what a blessing to be able to work, parent, and volunteer. I could carp about my aging, but what a gift it is to finally have some experience from which to draw. I could fret about the current state of the world, or I can chose some small piece of it and try to make it better.

All the best to you this Thanksgiving. I hope you find goodness in your time—past, present, and future.

 Blessings,
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Reflection Question
What is good about being your particular age, and this stage of life?
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For so many of us the Holidays are a tricky time of year. In the lead-up to this Thanksgiving, I've certainly been feeling some ambivalence. My daughter was born two years ago on November 23 rd, so as she approaches her second birthday a healthy...

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Happenings
November "LumZoom" Call

People talk about the importance of feeling grateful, but how do we integrate a practice of gratitude into our everyday lives? In this conversation led by Doug Wysockey-Johnson, we'll discuss the science, spirituality, and practice of gratitude.

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6th Annual Bocce Fundraiser
With your support and the support of the greater Chicago area Lumunos community, we brought in more than $8,000. Not surprisingly, we also had a fun evening with great people! Thank you for helping make this happen! 
Inspiration
"Want to be happy? Be grateful"
David Steindl-Rast
"What A Wonderful World"
Louis Armstrong
"Grateful:
A Love Song to the World"
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November Blog
Prayer for the Starlings

Do you know starlings? Many people consider them nuisance birds. It is true that they are not native to North America and that they can be both destructive to crops and hazardous to air craft. To be honest, when they descend on my yard in large...

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Doug Wysockey-Johnson   doug@lumunos.org     
Dan Quinlan   dan@lumunos.org  
Alice Barbera   alice@lumunos.org  
Rebecca Perry-Hill becca@lumunos.org