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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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There is no place like America.

I have visited over two dozen foreign countries and lived in three. West Germany was the best of the lot, and England, but they don't hold a candle to the place I was fortunate enough to be born into in the 20th century. I could have been born a girl in Saudi Arabia or some other hellhole, but instead I appeared in a stable American California middle class family and community, went to university, married well going on 34 years ago, had healthy intelligent children, and possessed the financial and familial stability to home school them. I can go to church openly and freely, drive a dependable car to where ever I want without asking permission or fear of highwaymen. I can walk around my town in the middle of the night without fear. I have thousands of books in my house. I live better than kings did 100 years ago. You'd better believe I'm grateful.

Michael Nystrom's picture

I'll bump to that

Thank you.

He's the man.

((((((((((Michael Nystrom))))))))))))

Thank you for this post!!!

The past post you made about, "people don't want to be saved they want to be subsidized".. that got me.. I could not stop thinking of those words that poster shared with you, and you shared here. for days.. those words spun in my head and then settled.. giving me a lot of relief. It was a blessing for me because I CARE, and I want to help, not as I see it, but as a person needs it, and man, those words, "a person doesn't want to be saved..", changed my life. I'm not even going to try to "save" anyone.. and as a subsidizer.. it's empowering, which is important when you are someone who gives, produces.. The best I can do is subsidize. It's empowering because it brings the level of responsibility down to ability.

And now this post.. you say:

"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 now. As a result of this gift you how to read and write, which enables you to use the most powerful, cutting edge tool in history: The Internet. "

I was born very close to Mexico.. I have many times thought how my fate could have so easily been vastly different had I been born in the border town of Tijuana. It's interesting that having been to homes in Mexico and Italy where there is no indoor toilets, or running water, or sound walls, or electricity.. and kids have to beg because parents can't provide.. and gosh.. when I went to see the total eclipse in Baja Norte.. my host lived in a palapa (palm roof yurt) and cooked and heated their home with wood scraps.. and when it was time for the eclipse, the federalis drove through the streets demanding people go inside. I asked my host, "Why?" and was told, "There is no school here to teach them not to look at the sun during the eclipse". Water, clean water among things we take for granted.. are precious to them.

I brought some steaks.. it was as if I had brought the winning lottery ticket.. we celebrated two days over steak.. they only had rabbit once a week.

It's ironic when I read preppers threads, because I think, "What you are planning/prepping, is how many people live who have NO CHOICE."

I count my blessings.. everyday, counting blessings is how I center myself. It's so easy to blame and complain and toss the good out with the bad. Too easy perhaps.

When I was a kid in Italy.. I saw people who were living in ruins from WWII.. a recall a little girl about my age who came up to me when my Mom had gone into a store to buy gloves. The girl was trying to communicate, and then she backed against the building and urinated. I was shocked. I couldn't believe it. My Mom came out and the girl ran away.. and I told my Mom what happened, and she said, "Honey, most of the people in this world don't have what you have." That was a wake up call. Maybe what inspired me to be a volunteer and to give fearlessly.

If you came to my home, you might think I was Amish because I have very little.. by choice. I have very few clothes.. unusual for a woman.. I see friends who closets are packed.. I give clothes.. wear them a few times and give them to the homeless.. and they are nice clothes.. lightly used, clean..

When you left for your trip I remember pictures of your luggage.. and I thought "Wow, that's a lot of luggage" I hardly take anything.. I buy what I need and I leave most of it behind.. leave it in the hotel.. and I leave tips.. I went to a Subway sandwich shop the day after Christmas.. the place was packed.. I mean 40 people.. the three worklers were numb from working.. my sandwich was under $5.00. I handed the cashier a $20.00 and said, "Put the rest in the tip jar, and thank you for being here". You should have seen the look on their face. "Oh wow! THANK YOU!!"

You are so right on Michael with this post and I deeply appreciate it. With all the ups and downs and arounds and abouts.. bottom line, as Americans, we are MOST BLESSED, and I am Profoundly grateful to God that I can sit here in the quiet, read at my leisure, have clean water to drink, and hot water from a tap.. so many things to be grateful for, just because I was born 5 miles North of the Mexican border.

I LOVE America. And, though I don't agree with him on many issues (I have agreed with him once in 5 years) Obama is my president, not because I voted for him, I didn't.. but because I am an American, and I am grateful to be an American.

Thank you for this post. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Or, what a great post to end 2013! Thank you.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Happy New Year, Granger & thank you

I also had that experience, of realizing how lucky I was to be born in America.

I'm half Japanese, and when I was 19, I dropped out of college and went to Japan, where I met a cousin, also 19 who was desperately trying to get in to college. They have crazy entrance exams there. They have to memorize all kinds of trivial data, and spend 12 - 16 hours a day studying for months on end!

It was Christmastime, and the rest of the family was having a nice party, eating, drinking with me and my sister, the curious relatives from America.

Everyone except him - he was in his room cramming. How useless, I thought. And I couldn't help but think - what if I'd been born in Japan, too? And I felt a little guilty having dropped out of college. It was so easy for me to come, go, get in drop out. No one shaming me or pitying me for failing my exams.

Wow. Freedom. Most of the people in the world don't know what it means. Most Americans just take it for granted.

He's the man.

Truely

I count you as a blessing. I'm grateful, and THANK GOD for connecting me with you and this community traveling on this amazing adventure inside and out.

May you and Sam (her sister) your families, friends, have a most successful New Year with abundant health and wealth, laughs and genuine happiness throughout 2014!!

Cheers!!! THANK YOU!!

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

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — 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.

Now.

What are you doing with your Now?

He's the man.

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):

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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!

He's the man.

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

Nice Carlsbaddj...

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

Good luck yourself!

Doug

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"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i--yuHNmRYk
Live:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puJoZxBG1iE
Welcome Home!

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