Thursday, November 22, 2012


Today I am grateful for EVERYTHING!
including the men in my life

Even though I am grateful for the myriad of blessings in my life, today, Thanksgiving 2012 I am particularly grateful for the wise and compassionate men in my life.

Here is my friend Ming (above)with the highly respected Benedictine Monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast. Ming posed here with the revered Brother David immediately after Brother David stepped off the stage with none other than His Holiness THE Dalia Lama.
Brother David Steindl-Rast is an extraordinary man. His voice (like my Ming’s) is soothing and loving. He is wise and full of compassion and grace. The best gift that I can give anyone today is PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TODAY AND WATCH THIS YOU TUBE CLIP CALLED “A GOOD DAY” WITH BROTHER DAVID.. A Good Day (simply click those blue words)

"A Good Day" is the greatest thing I have seen on the Internet. Your heart and mind will be overflowing with JOY and Thanks! Brother David also has an exceptional site called Gratefulness. Living a life in gratitude is one sure way to improve the quality of our own lives. Being in a state of gratitude brings our blood pressure down and our spirits up. It may even help the karma of the planet.

Ming is the kind of man who said to me shortly after we met  “What movie would Aunty like to see?” What beach can we bring Aunty to? Even though some friends were saying that it might be hard to find a man who will understand and accept of my devotion to Aunty, Ming not only accepted it but told me he loved me because of my unwavering love and devotion to Aunty! Ming, Aunty, and I shared some lovely times together. He was there with me the night Aunty passed. I am so grateful for everything that he continues to do for me including reading all my blog posts, embracing my friends and family, and even helping me clean my house! Let’s face it, most men would rather watch TV or do their own thing. But, Ming is always ready to help. I am very grateful today for all that he has done for me. He  helped me prepare my home for my tea party last Sunday honoring Aunty’s one year anniversary. Tears stream down my face as I write this with utter gratitude and appreciation for all the kindness Ming has shown me, my friends, and my family. If anyone deserves to be standing this close to Brother David it certainly is My Ming.

As it turns out when you focus on what you are grateful for, more and more things come into your life to be grateful for!  Therefore, I would like to add…The brothers and priests of St. Benedict Abbey in Still River Massachusetts and the Wise Larry Rosenberg of CIMC in Cambridge. When I think about it there are many amazing men in my life to be thankful for today and every day. There is my profoundly wonderful and Saint-like friend and fellow writer Roland Merullo. There is my BFF’s hubby Mike. And Dee’s hubby who is like a mini-mentor, and my friends Brian, Stu, Ron, and Greg.  I could go on and on ….and I will in silent prayer and meditation.
Make every day a TRUE THANKSGIVING… just go to



brianamet said...

The world needs to thankful for wonderful, loving, and compassionate people like you, Renee!

Reflections and Travels with Ronaldo said...

Thank you for being you. Stay with what amazes you with joy and gratitude! Peace.

MinistryOfScience said...

Thinking about what you are thankful for puts your life in a balanced perspective. I am thankful for the opportunity to have known Aunty.

Renee Gold said...

My friend just said thanks for making me appreciate my hubby!
It's not always easy but, what we focus on expands!

Michael said...

It is wonderful to remind us to be thankful and grateful as we sometimes forget. You are blessed with the many people you meet in your meaningful life. May we all be prosperous with many friends that make living worthwhile.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this grateful post! 'A Good Day' clip is breath-taking and moving! Brother David reminds us to live mindfully with one day at a time as if this is your FIRST and LAST day. Your values and paradigm are well balanced and virtuous.

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