What we do matters,
The things we do to show we care…
It does not matter so much what we say
as much as how much the boots hit the ground
after the ideas have made their way around.
What we do matters,
For at the end of the day
We can’t take our things with us
but folks will remember us in a particular way
depending on what we are doing now.
How am I doing? I sometimes wonder…
For it is easy to get caught up in lot’s of stuff,
and forgetting the details that really matter.
So is what I am doing enough?
Will it pass the test of time?
In this case it is my own humble lifeline…
(a tiny thumb print after all)
Yes, I decide that what I do matters!
From morning to night
I may not always get it right
but in the end
my heart and this World of ours
will eventually mend.
This verse was inspired tonight by the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which is happening right now. In a nutshell, it is a time to reflect and look back at the last year. What did we do well? What are some things we did that weren’t so great and we ask to be forgiven so that we can let them go? It is a solemn holiday but there is a sweetness about it too as we are all striving to do our best. The coming year is a clean slate and we all can start a new chapter.
Life is an adventure in forgiveness. ~ Norman Cousins
This morning, I am thankful for many things including:
1. My health
2. My family
3. My job
4. My cat
5. The opportunity to connect with many of you here on The Warm Milk Journal
6. Living near a beautiful beach
7. Being able to see, hear, taste, and touch
8. Creative ideas that surface with inspiration
How about you? What do you feel thankful for this morning? Get out your journal and write a few things down. It is a very nice way to start the day.
You are welcome to join our short morning prayer club as well. It is completely free and you will get a short simple prayer which often focuses on gratitude in your inbox at the start of your day. Hundreds of people have joined us. It does not matter what your religious affiliation or background is. As a thank you gift for signing up you get immediate access to my lovely ebook which is a collection of short morning prayers and verses from The Warm Milk Journal.
You may sign up here:
Have a blessed day,
As I begin this new week, I wish to thank you for all of my present blessings. May this week be filled with good work, creativity, vibrant energy, and seeing the best in challenges that will come my way.
May I be up to whatever task is set before me.
What a benediction is this fragrance of the early morning! The vernal grass fills the whole atmosphere as with a shower of sweetness. ~ Sarah Smiley
Thank you for being there. I hear you in the silence, I hear you in the frog chorus going on right now in my little backyard pond… I hear you when my husband tells me he loves me and when I hear my neighbor’s wonderful laughter across the street.
Thanks for the conversation. I love you.
Starting and ending our day with gratitude is a powerful habit to get into.
My prayer for this morning:
Thank you for this new day. I appreciate feeling refreshed and pain free. I am thankful for being home and safe after a long day on the road yesterday.
For those in pain, for those who have loved ones in pain, for people who have lost someone they love: I pray for them so they know they are loved and not alone.
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~ Thornton Wilder
Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up. ~Pearl Buck
Thank you for this new morning. The house is still quiet and the sun’s light is just beginning to flicker into our living room. I slept well and I look forward to what this day may bring. Today I am setting an intention to take some time to: rest, spend time outdoors, and to be creative. Thank you for all of the support and love I receive. I know I am not alone.
You may receive a short morning prayer such as this one every morning in your inbox, by joining our short morning prayer club. As a gift, you will also receive a free copy of my beautiful ebook: a collection of short morning prayers and verses from The Warm Milk Journal.
Since our Short Morning Prayer club launched about four months ago, we have had many friends join us to receive a little inspiration in their inbox each morning. I know that starting our days off with prayer, meditation, and journal writing is a great way to start the day. I have greatly benefited from starting my day off this way (as opposed to reading or watching the news or grumbling about something).
Our club has been simple. One short prayer every morning. It doesn’t matter what religion we participate in. All that matters is that we give ourselves a few precious minutes to be still and connect with our higher power.
Starting our day this way is so powerful. I have decided to make some changes.
First, it is open to everybody, free of charge. There is no longer a membership fee.
Simply fill out the form, and you will be in.
When you do sign up, you will have access to my lovely ebook which contains many morning verses and prayers from The Warm Milk Journal.
You will then, depending on the time zone you live in, receive a short morning prayer in your email each morning.
The second change I wish to make is to have this be more interactive with input from you. I would love for all of us in our club to share prayers, inspirations, perhaps challenges that they could use some prayers for… When you join, feel free to reply to the emails or email: WarmMilkJournal@Outlook.com and I will make sure that your thoughts are shared with everybody in the club. I think it would be really interesting to learn about different cultures, religions, and beliefs from one another.
How may I know what the season has in store for me?
Sweaters in fleece and wool…
What is this pull I
feel to do something purposeful with my life?
As clear as these Autumn days are,
I wish for my life to be as well.
For what is not clear,
I hear tell…
Does not happen or gets lost
in a sea
of wishy washy thoughts…
at what cost?
hide the path
~John Bailey, “Autumn,”
We just launched the Short Morning Prayer Club a few days ago and we have had a great response! Thank you to all of our friends who have joined us on our new venture.
What are the benefits to starting our day off with a short morning prayer? Here are just a few:
1. When we are first waking up, our minds and spirits are most open to new possibilities. It truly is a clean slate.
2. We have an opportunity to connect with a higher power and tap into our best energy (it’s a great way to start the day).
3. It does not take long. Just a minute or two is all we need to get our day off to the best start possible.
4. We can get centered on gratitude.
5. If we feel challenged about something we can ask for guidance.
There are many more benefits which we will write about in a future post. For now, I encourage you to join our club.
For a few dollars a month you will have a short morning prayer delivered to you (via email) every morning. These prayers are brief and universal (it does not matter what your religious affiliation is). Just for trying our club you will immediately receive a link to download a beautiful 30 page collection of short morning prayers which is yours to keep forever.
To join, sign up here:
I wish you a wonderful day and restful night tonight and every night.