Paradoxy: 2017

January 2nd, 2017

“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.gratitudeAppreciation
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.
Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.
Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

Remember and may Gratitude overtake you, too.

(Not sure of the author but wanted you to consider this)

Submitted By: Robin E. Williams

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Gratitude Platitude

April 20th, 2016

Being thankful is a gigantic key to happiness. I’m old enough to have learned this over and over. Here’s a well-worded reminder I find helpful. Not sure of the source for this, but am certainly thankful for it.

Be thankful for what you have and you’ll end up having more.

If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.

Trade your expectations for appreciation and the world changes instantly.

Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a s successful and fulfilled life.

Lastly, I’ll remind us all, we have a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have I/you used one to say thank you?

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Thank you for taking a moment to read my musings today.

Written by Robin E. Williams

January is “Thank You” month!

January 15th, 2013








Every new year, this is a month for me to enjoy like no other. I learned years ago that pausing in January to be thankful for all the ups and downs of the past is empowering and even a bit exhilarating as I review it all. What did I/we do? What could have been done differently, done better? And certainly, what was just right about the year? That retrospective survey always reminds me of my mother who told me many, many times, “Robin, just take the bad with the good.”  Simple, yet sound advice.  I now understand what she meant.  Every experience provides a context for the next and no matter the effort or the consequence, the adventure is the educator, the gift. So I spend this month in appreciation for it all and it is always at this time I that pause to consider the irony her gentle reminder in view of my life’s work to get others to say thanks.

As the first month of any new year, it’s an EXCELLENT and symbolic kick-off to what may lie ahead.

So, to my clients, past, current and future:  Fundraisers, January is “our” month. “Thank you” to all of you for your commitment to bettering our lives and our world. I am also certain that the more you accomplish, the more that is asked of you. I deeply appreciate your continued dedication to advancing our society. In fact, we are all deeply indebted to you and we look forward to, and thank you for, whatever the year will bring.

Written by Robin E. Williams