Category Archives: Thoughts to Ponder

Gratitude – A Key to Happiness

by Jenny Chissus

Sitting with my family on Thanksgiving Day in our cozy home by the fire (thanks Sonny!) I am so thankful and grateful for my wonderful family and many friends. I am thankful that we both have our parents and our children know their grandparents, I’m grateful that my brother Peter is alive today and able to meet his granddaughter Ellie (pictured above),  I’m thankful for the health of my children, that our oldest son KC has a job he’s excited about, I am thankful for our family businesses and the ability to serve the wonderful people in the Seldovia area.

In addition to all my personal reasons for gratitude, I reflect on the many blessings that we enjoy daily in this beautiful community of Seldovia.   We can all be grateful to live here and we can be thankful for the many people and organizations that make our community special:

  • Susan B. English school, our teachers and coaches, counselors, great custodians who Continue reading
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Thoughts to Ponder

The Butterfly Circus – an inspiring short movie!  During this time of Thanksgiving, the real person, Nick Vujicic is a fabulous testimony to living large, knowing that each of us was created for a purpose, in spite of our shortcomings.  To visit Nick’s site, visit here.

Thoughts to Ponder… Are You Being Truly Present?

Author Unknown

There is an ancient teaching story about two Buddhist monks walking along a river in silence.  They have a vow of chastity –which includes many vows, but one of these vows of chastity requires that they never speak to or touch a woman.

As they walk up the river, they come upon a woman who is desperately trying to get across the river because her child is on the other side.  It is a fast-flowing river and she is frightened to cross the river by herself.  The senior monk  walks over to her and says, “May I help you?”  He picks her up and with the strength that he carries in his legs that walk mountains and valleys and streams as part of his work, he carries her across the river, sets her down, returns to join his fellow and they begin again to walk in silence.

About two hours later the junior monk says to the senior monk, “I can’t believe you carried that woman across the river.  I can’t believe you touched her.  I can’t believe that you broke your vows.”

The senior monk simply looks at his companion and says, “I put her down two hours ago. You are still carrying her.”

This  is such a wonderful story about us simply learning to put something to rest.

We must consider what we may still be carrying that really isn’t happening anymore.  What are we still hanging onto that isn’t in our present moment?

Let’s put it down…And when we put that down, we now have our hands, heart and mind available to treasure and enjoy what’s here, right now.

Here’s To Being Truly Present!

Thoughts to Ponder…

by Sandy Geagel
 

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Thoughts to Ponder – A Lesson in Love and Joy

By Jenny Chissus

Peter and Jenny at the Reception

Peter and Jenny at the Reception

This November 4th, I had the honor to sit with my brother Peter – the father of the bride – at Chelsea’s wedding reception.  To understand the real significance of that, here’s a little history.

My brother was diagnosed with ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in September 2009, after a year of wondering what was going on with his speech. He was having a difficult time formulating words, and at first, his speech resembled someone who had too much to drink.

Before we knew his diagnosis, I remember one conversation we had on the phone when we were struggling to communicate, and I felt bad that I couldn’t understand his words.  Peter kept saying “Jenny, this isn’t so bad, so my speech is slurred  a bit, I have friends with serious diseases, cancer or other horrible things.  It isn’t so bad, it is still me, I just talk funny!”

Peter has always had such a great outlook and positive attitude that is contagious.  He is and always been a light when he entered a room.  Even with this awkward speech situation, he was still upbeat and an encourager to others. Continue reading

Thoughts to Ponder… Oh, How we Love the Snow!


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Thoughts to Ponder… Why Don’t Little Birds Legs Freeze… and Break Off?

submitted by Mike Webber

I think I may have mentioned in the past about the Stellar Jays that come to the big glass door to the upper deck above the cliff and let me know they want some Cheerios.

Our temps have been in the single digits for a number of days now and and it doesn’t bother them a bit – they just keep coming back for more Cheerios!

My question:    If the temp is 10 degrees, how come their feet don’t freeze………. and break off!  They got no insulated boots!   

Webber wonders – back to football!

A few quick responses – you may have more!!

“Birds actually use several tricks to keep their legs from freezing. First they can stand on one leg and pull the other up under their feathers when one leg starts getting too cold. And if it gets really cold, they can squat to cover both legs with Continue reading