Smell The Flowers Along The Way . . . Spiritual Foods

Happy Friday, All!

Once again, I am grateful for another day and another weekend, so, T.G.I.F.!

So much in life is taken for granted while there are many many people still suffering. The other day when I had sent out an e-mail embracing spirituality, one of my young friends, Francois Luis, sent me a quote from philosopher and activist extraordinaire – Mahatma Gandhi. It essentially analyzed and compared the connectedness of the body and the soul to the physical and spiritual realms that we all live in . . . believe it or not!

As another weekend approaches, I must pay homage to my mother – Marietta Dolores – who indeed, shared her message of being the best that you can be as well as smelling the flowers along the way. Though she is no longer physically with me, her spirit maintains its life with me as an active ingredient. Now there were moments when she could be a “bull in a China cabinet”; yet, her peaceful demeanor and desire to help others was similar to Mother Theresa. While she rests in her gravesite there with my father, his mother, and my sister, I still have some unfinished business on her behalf before I ” … lay me down to sleep”. Peace be still. So Sunday, May 20th, on her birthday, I will spend some extra time alone honoring her memory.

“One should learn to enjoy the neighbor’s garden, however small; the roses straggling over the fence, the scent of lilacs drifting across the road.” – Henry Van Dyke

Today, I will take some quiet moments to notice the good things coming my way. I will be grateful for them. (TOUCHSTONES May 18th)

Have a wonderful weekend, and . . . enjoy the journey!


John I. CookRed rose, Director


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