Thankful Thursdays

It’s been said that there are no weeds and no worthless men, there are only bad farmers. Let’s be good farmers, people!

For every time the Lord guides me to plant a good seed, and every time He gives me the strength to be resilient like a weed, I am so grateful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

PS:  Here’s a good seed for you to plant – support an amazing cause. Donate at: ConniePerez/St. Jude

“If you don’t like what you are reaping, you had better change what you are sowing.”
-J. Rohn

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” 
-R.L. Stevenson

“Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dead Horse Point State Park, October 5, 2019, 5:27 p.m.

Thankful Thursdays

Good day, and happy Thankful Thursday! Feel like doing something really good today? Here’s your chance.

The annual St. Jude Walk/Run Miami is on September 17 and our team, RxfortheSoul, will participate again. Your generosity makes a huge difference in the lives of these kids and their families. Won’t you please join our efforts in support of this great cause?

To visit our pages and donate:  ConniePerez/St.Jude  or  TeamRxfortheSoul/St.Jude

And please, please, feel free to share the links above with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your support. Let’s make a difference again!

For your donations, I am forever grateful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”
-E. Burke

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
-Helen Keller

Thankful Thursdays

I was in the middle of daydreaming about that ginormous Mega jackpot (so many thoughts), when I was quickly reeled back to reality by pain in my knee, and in my neck, and in my…well, everywhere. Followed by a status text letting us know that our good friend Del was back in ICU. Forget lotto, I thought, I just want health. Ugh, perspective can be such a buzz-killer!

Don’t get me wrong, will I test my pre-determined luck again the next time? Sure. It’s mostly about FOMO for me. The Fear Of Missing Out should my office pool group win and I didn’t partake, it’s real. Definitely don’t want to be the only person at the office the day after the drawing.

But seriously though, there is no greater wealth than health. That’s why, for every breath I take while in relatively good health, I will always be thankful…and richer.

Praying for our friend Del.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Good health is a crown on the head of a well person that only a sick person can see.”
-R. Sharma

“Nothing looks as good as healthy feels.”

“Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is a new success. Health is new wealth. Kindness is the new cool.”

Thankful Thursdays

Good morning, guys! Never in the history of the world has patience played such an important role in our lives. Wow! It is a virtue, and skill, that the world is sorely lacking at the moment and, I’m sorry to say, the absence of it is going to cut our lives short.

We want this and that NOW, and we want to knock the head off of this and that person. But in reality, there are a ton of things we can’t control, and we don’t always know what’s going on with other people. So once again, let’s not be Lucy. Let’s do pray, pray, pray for patience and understanding. Please.

For every time the good Lord helps me to be patient, and every time another is patient with me, I am so very thankful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“An alternative to love is not hate but patience.”
-S. Kalwar

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.”
-St. Augustine

Thankful Thursdays

“You may forget the one with whom you have laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept.”

On behalf of every person who’s ever had a rough day (that would be you and me), I am thankful for all those who stick with us through thick and thin.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of troubles.”
-Proverbs 17:17

“You may forget the one with whom you have laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept.”

P.S.: My list extends beyond those in this photo, because I am that blessed.

Thankful Thursdays

A special shout-out this week to a great man and friend.  But first, three things:

Three things in life that, once gone, never come back –

Three things in life that may never be lost –

Three things in life that are most valuable

Three things in life that are never certain –

Three things that make a man –
Hard work

Three things in life that can destroy a man –

Three things that are truly constant –
Holy Ghost

Today, I want to celebrate Father Juan M. Lopez, who retired after 60 years of service to the Lord, 34 of those in our parish of Sts. Peter & Paul. We wish him a happy and healthy retirement, and we thank him for his friendship and dedication, and for the difference he has made in the lives of so many.

Father Lopez wore many hats, including that of a photographer. Here he is in 2013 taking a picture of our family at the end of our vow renewal ceremony.

“The measure of a man’s greatness is not the number of servants he has, but the number of people he serves.”
-J. Hagee

Thankful Thursdays

Nothing like doing what one enjoys. One of those things for me, as many of you know, is taking pictures. I’m always the one behind the lens but, this time, I was caught in the act.

Guys, get yourselves a digital photo frame, load it up, and play it throughout the day. You’ll love those “remember when” conversations it brings up.

For every scene I’ve breathed in and recorded, for every memory I’ve captured and shared, I am so very grateful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.”
-D. Lange

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”
-S. Sontag

“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
-E. Welty

Naples, FL, June 16, 2022, shot by my brother, Arturo a/k/a Coqui.

Thankful Thursdays

“Things could be worse” is not just another cliché. If you ask me, 97% of the time (and that’s my stat), it is true, things could be worse. We should be conscious of that and leave the real worry and freaking out for the three percent (again, my stat) that, well, is indeed worse.

This perspective can help us keep our sanity now more than ever because the world has gone mad and a lot of things suck right now. But unless we’re one of the ones dealing with that dreaded three percent, I say let’s cool our jets and be grateful. Be very grateful.

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”
-W. Dryer

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
-W. Dyer

“In a rapidly ascending balloon were two men.
One watched the earth getting farther and farther away.
One watched the stars getting nearer and nearer.
-G.J. Nathan

Taken March 31, 2012, over Homestead Air Force Base, FL

Thankful Thursdays

A short and sweet Rx this Thankful Thursday to remind us to combat today’s forces. Because the world’s patterns are leading us to a broken life, we must stay true to what’s good and decent. Let’s be transformed, not conformed.

For every time God helps me to resist those wicked forces, I am thankful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“My mind is like a little house,
My peers break into.
They rearrange my furniture,
And the cabinets rifle through.
They throw things out;
They put things in,
And erase the writing on the wall,
And by the time that they walk out,
It’s not my mind at all.”
-M.T. Rose

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thankful Thursdays

I never met a sunset I didn’t like. Here’s advice from one:

Be amazing
Keep your inner fire burning
Have a glow about yourself
Be present
Savor special moments
Close the day with beauty
Thank God for another day!

May you have many sunsets in your life. For every one of mine, I am thankful.

“It’s almost impossible to watch a sunset and not feel gratitude.”

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
-R. Tagore