ll muscles need exercise. Including the gratitude muscle. As the hip bone is attached to the leg bone, gratitude is the sinew connecting happiness and mental health. "Plan A" is to once a week trot out a list of things to inspire you to think of what you appreciate. This week we workout to the letter “H”.
Hugs and handshakes.
Honesty: the mother of clarity and father of reliability.
Men like my nephew Juadon Tabor, who has found his calling with the US Navy. He didn’t complain about basic training. He said that compared to football- it was easy. God be with you, Juadon.
My sons and my niece, Anka (shown) who worked to earn their privilege of a college education.
Also, my unnamed unwed friends who went through with the pregnancy. Especially the one who saw to it the child went to a good home.
The French writer, Victor Hugo. In his time, he used his pen to fight for human rights. He railed against nature being reduced only to scientific rationalization. I wonder what the man who wrote
Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.
would think of our modern habit of robbing nature of her sublime aesthetics and awe: reducing our relationship with her to graphs and incessant insistence that she should be controlled more than enjoyed?
Every house a temple, every heart an altar, every human being a
--- Moritz Lazarus
I have slept in fine hotels in some of the world’s great cities. But the hearth of home is where my heart best finds heaven. Except, perhaps, the garden, where hummingbirds sip wild sweet honeysuckle and vanilla-scented heliotrope.
What are some of your favorite things which start with the letter “H”? Please share.
Portrait of "Cosette" by Emile Bayard, from the original edition of Les Misérables (1862)