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Time For My Daily Prayer

There's only one prayer that I think is valid, and only one prayer that I know. That is the prayer of gratitude.

Thank you. Thank you God. Thank you for this blessed life.

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This thread is inspired, of course, by our friend jrd3820's original, powerful, epic, and transformational post, "Time for my nightly jam session."

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If there is one thing I would like to impress upon all of my friends here at the Daily Paul it is this: Whatever is going on in your life, please always remember to come from a place of gratitude. It is not always easy, I know.

However, the simple twist of fate of having been born American, with all of the resources and advantages that Citizenship entails, including having access to free education, government imposed or not, is the greatest gift you'll ever know. As a result of this gift you know how to read and write, which enables you to use the most powerful, cutting edge tool in history: The Internet. It allows me, in my bunker in Boston, to communicate you, wherever you are in the country or the world, in near real time.

As a result, you are in the top 5% in the world, in terms of education, material resources, and standard of living. Don't ever underestimate that.

Maybe some of you have never traveled outside of the US, and therefore don't know how lucky you are.

I am an American Citizen by birth, thanks to God, and have traveled extensively throughout the world. The advantages bestowed upon us as Americans by this accident of birth are beyond belief to 95% of the world. Electricity. Running water. Vaccinations against deadly disease. Clean air. Food. Unlimited fresh water...

I understand that things are not perfect. I understand that there are problems and injustices.

But having just returned home from two months overseas, I am grateful to be home, and I am grateful to be an American.

Thank you. Thank you to the Daily Paul.

I realize that this place is sometimes overloaded to the breaking point with biitching, moaning and negativity. Sometimes I'm so disheartened I want to just pull the plug on it.

But when I shift my focus, and change my perspective, I realize how much I have learned from all of you. I realize how important the Daily Paul is to me.

I invite you to do the same. Please just set aside your complaints for a moment to focus and share what it is you're grateful for. Think about Him. Think about how He feels. He created all of this. What would it be like to only hear a constant and never ending litany of complaints and negativity? If you were Him, how would you feel?

I know there are atheists here as well. If you're one of them, please indulge me. Do me one single favor and answer me this: Which feels better - biitching and complaining about the state of the world, or finding something in your life that you are truly grateful for, and just feeling that emotion of gratefulness?

Having spent two months traveling overseas, I can honestly tell you this: You are blessed to be an American.

I am thankful for all of you, who have read this far. God bless you all.

Happy New Year Everyone. May this one be your best. Be thankful for what you have, and you will live a fuller life.

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(((((((( Granger ))))))))

I am grateful for you being on this site. This place would not be the same without you.

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

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Happy New Year!

Thank you for the hug. Feels good.. may your New Year be abundant and constant with love, peace, good health and wealth!

Michael Nystrom's picture

I'm thankful to be back home

It was a long trip. A marathon. Exhausting, but exhilarating, because it shook me up, took me out of my routine. Made me look - up close - at life and death. Made me realize - that this is not a game. This is not dress rehearsal. This is your shot. This year. This month. This day. Now.


What are you doing with your Now?

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

What am I doing with my "now?" Writing

All I can Michael...all I can...

Thanks for keeping Daily Paul alive and kicking!

I had to break away from the distractions of living Downtown San Diego and move temporarily to this place to write (no humans within a half mile and one must take a 4 wheel drive to get to):


Author of Buy Gold and Silver Safely
Next book: Illusions of Wealth - due out soon
Also writing book We the Serfs!

Michael Nystrom's picture

That's where you live!

What a curious place!

Glad to hear you're writing. Keep up the good work. I plan to do more writing in 2014 as well.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Yes Michael...

The place is like a hobbit house. Have to climb through a hole to get to the bedroom upstairs. It's actually a water barel and wine barrel combo, heated by the ol wood fire stove.

You wouldn't believe what it took to get good internet here. Finally got it with HughesNet satellite and have been happy.

Can't wait to finish and get back to the Gaslamp in San Diego though...I have all the incentive to do so with zero distractions but my work. Will be done with the next book in 2 months.

Good luck with the writing! We all need to do more the next few years!

Author of Buy Gold and Silver Safely
Next book: Illusions of Wealth - due out soon
Also writing book We the Serfs!

Good man

I've been spending some time down a dirt road myself. I love So Cal but, also love getting away from it.
Good luck with the writing Doug


Nice Carlsbaddj...

Not easy to break away from the Gaslamp, lol...but had to do it.

Good luck yourself!


Author of Buy Gold and Silver Safely
Next book: Illusions of Wealth - due out soon
Also writing book We the Serfs!

In the words of Chris Smither

..as illustrated in his "Gospel song for those who have their doubts",
entitled "Train Home":
"And gypsies in their wagons rollin'
never hear those death bells tollin',
never take no notice of the tone.
But I do, and my pulse beats quicker,
scornful laughs and knowing snickers,
stop my heart and sink it like a stone.
And I'm waitin' on a train to take me home."
...."We're all waitin' on a train to take us home"
Welcome Home!

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!