SUNDAY POST : Reflection–On 86,400 seconds

 

Today each of us received a miraculous gift.

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“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today,” as William Arthur Ward shared his reflection on this priceless gift from God. He goes on to write, “Have you used one to say “thank you?”

Time is the unseen force that we make fervent attempts to save, hurry along, or slow down. In trying to break bad habits, one way to discipline myself to be ever so grateful for the 86,400 seconds per day, I write at least five things I am most thankful for at the end of each day. Sometimes I discover the next morning that in my tiredness, my thank you list looks like an awful mess, I mean seriously, just a ragged line to represent my thank you for my blog community?!?

Nevertheless, I believe no matter how illegible the gratitude words look on the paper, I know at least my heart wrote it, and my eye-hand coördination made its best attempt as my brain decided to check out to, “drift gently down the tides of sleep,” as Longfellow wrote so long ago.

Again, coming back to the subject of reflection, by the way, it is the Sunday Post theme for this week; I have to tell you how obsessed I am with you, blogosphere.

In fact, I am so obsessed that during our church sermon, I only had one thought; how I could work the sermon message into my blog post!

What the heck or WTH for some of us!!

However, guess what? The sermon was a perfect springboard towards the main reason most bloggers,(of course the pastor did not use the word bloggers, ha ha) like myself, find a more abundant life once we arrive into the blogosphere.

Truly, a key to abundant living is community. Within a community, as we have in WordPress, we find three points that can help bring to light a more exuberant and stimulating outlook both in our personal and blogging life.

However, before I go on, I want to take you back to the 86,400 seconds we received as a gift today and use a great portion of these seconds to tie in the three key points about community. I will also highlight some fantastic, stupendous and wonderful blog friends that, like any great actor would say, without an audience, it does not matter how well the performance.

“The audience gives you everything you need;” as Franny Brice once wrote…“They (audience) tell you. There is no director who can direct you like an audience.

For this reason, let me give you the three keys I learned from my Sunday church sermon about community and apply my gratitude to a few friends who bring abundant life to this blog.

Three keys to abundant living:

1. Encouragement

We all need to be comforted, inspired, entertained and motivated to feel enriched in the routine of everyday activities.

These  four lovely bloggers are each different in what/how they create but in the one way they are all similar. They all are consistent when it comes to encouragement. We all know the enormous time it takes to keep our own blogs afloat and looking fine, but somehow they always find the time to visit and share a bit of their time and wisdom with others.

Unfortunately, confession time; I have not always carried on in their good examples.

Here are the dynamic four:

Caddo Veil
If you need anything, go here. Caddo Veil has spunk, words to move you, faith to share with you, laughter, and she has awesome cyber parties with lots, and lots of good food…and spiked drinks. J

>Thank you for all the blessings and support you have given me, dear, sis-Caddo! You are a bright star in the blogosphere.<

Angelswhisper
If you need a dedicated friend, one that rarely ever misses reading and sharing in your posts, Angelswhisper is your answer. She writes with the help of her Little Binky, an awesome sweet little kitty!

>My heart-felt thanks to you, Angelswhisper, and Little Binky! You bring the angels to life here in the blogosphere.<

Babyjill7 aka Marilyn Griffen
Marilyn taught special education for many years and she brings her own unique way of posting out messages to her readers. I will not let it out because you should run over to her place and give her a big, HEY, and find out her unique style.

>Marilyn, thank you for reading and sharing abundantly when you visit…I really appreciate you kindness and thoughtfulness. The blogosphere is a better place with you here.<

Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
Philo Mouse is the one to go to for any unusual news happening…one can learn so many new things here and if you love German Shepherds, like I do, Philo Mouse can fill you with some fab doggy stories.

>Thank you Philo Mouse for your consistent visits that I truly appreciate! The blogosphere is much more creative with all your fun ways you use your words.<

2. Accountability

“I feel we are all islands–in a common sea.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

In this vast common sea, blogosphere, we all have our islands (blogs) and sometimes it is hard to get motivated to put together a post. It takes time and effort. Belle of the Carnival had such a wonderful idea for keeping herself accountable by asking her audience, “You have one question for me?”

Hope you run over there and ask her the one question!

>You rock, Darcie! Thank you for keeping the blogosphere so entertaining!!<

Another way to keep posting consistently is committing to one or more blogging challenges such as Jakesprinter‘s SUNDAY POST : Reflection.  Every week there is a new challenge and you are not limited in how you want to share your theme’s interpretation.

In addition, Jake puts out some creative graphic art even if you decide a challenge is not right at this time.

>Jake, no words can describe the awesome good you are doing here in the blogosphere! Thanks for pushing us to become better bloggers with your weekly inspirations!<

3. Passion

Again, all the bloggers mentioned above can fit in this category because they all create, in their own way with passion and style.

Still, if you have not visited Mirth and Motivation, this really should be on your blogging bucket list. Elizabeth is master at creating extensive and well put together posts with emphasis on motivating us in a positive way.

>Elizabeth, I know you have heard me a billion times, so here is one more: THANK YOU!! The blogosphere is all the wiser with you here.<

Last but not least, From the Heart of Arindam. Folks, here is a passionate young man, er, single, if any of you ladies would like to know, who simply writes from his beautiful heart on a variety of subjects and, is working diligently to publish his first book. Check it out!!

>Arindam, you are what all of us should strive to become: reflective, filled with goodness and hard-working. Your contributions make the blogosphere so much richer. Thank you!<

To sum up my Sunday reflections, remember, we graciously get 86,400 seconds per day and of course, we will spend a vast amount of those seconds in gratitude.

Right? Of course, right!

Let us thank not only the Divine one who blesses us with this gift, but to those in our own community. In my case, in this, oh, so lengthy post, (sorry…just wanted to make sure my 86,400 seconds was well spent) my deepest gratitude to all the bloggers who have made my life overflowing with abundance by your encouragement, accountability and passion for what you do.

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In reflection, who would you like to use your 86,400 seconds to thank?
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25 thoughts on “SUNDAY POST : Reflection–On 86,400 seconds

  1. WOW and Wow–and Thank You, Sunshine. I’m so blown away, I’m quite uncharacteristically Speechless. God bless you abundantly–love, sis Caddo

  2. I will spend with my family, making sure they know I love them, ask forgiveness to those I did wrong, particularly to my God, do good in whatever way I can, and yes, say thank you for as many people who blessed me with their love and time. Probably a few seconds panicking of what I should do first. Great post! It’s a reality check of the things we failed to do and hope to do. Today is that day!

    • You made me chuckle with…’Probably a few seconds panicking of what I should do first,’ Island T.!

      It really makes a difference knowing the actual number we have in one day. It makes you realize how short life truly is and we can spend the seconds either lazing about or doing actual good for the Universe.

      And may I add, you definitely fit into all of these categories…especially in being influential both in encouraging words and a passionate outlook in life. I had a hard time narrowing down so the post was not an hour long read. *yikes!!*

      Thanks, Island T.!

  3. Well, I’m starting this day by saying thank you to you! That’s a frightening number of seconds, and it must have taken you quite a few of them to create this beautiful post. Many thanks for the reminder, and for my link.

    • Hehe, yes, Restlessjo, what started out as a simple ‘work in the Sunday sermon’ somehow turned into a massive post, so unusual for me but well worth the seconds. ;)
      I was glad to have you aboard. Thank you!! :)

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  5. Thank you so much, Sunshine. Tears well up in my eyes. Little Binky and I feel so honored. This is one of the things that makes the 86,400 seconds a day worth living. Thanks again, dear friend. Have a wonderful day :)

  6. Thanks a lot Sunshine for all these kind words and helping me to start my day with a smile. By the way, your mention of my relationship status made me laugh out loud. Really! :) LOL
    Then again thank you for making me realize that, I must make sure that- I am using those 86,400 seconds in the most effective way. This post was full of inspiration, hope and love. I am looking forward to visit all these blogs, although I know few of them.

    • Haha, Arindam, hope you were not drinking something like a another blogger had mentioned he had done while checking his voicemail…he laughed out loud while having a Margarita and then he spat out in laughter all over his keyboard!! Too funny!!!
      Okay, enough fun…back to work…lol!! ;)

  7. I appreciate your kind words for me sunshine “:blusshing ” and I appreciate that eveerybody is happy for what I`m doing and I`m doing this for all of us …
    Thank you Sunshine ..HUGS :)

  8. Add yourself to the list for your generous spirit, great sense of humor, and endless spunk…. I don’t know how YOU do it but like that energizer bunny, you keep giving and giving and giving…
    TY girlfriend. You rock! Now I’m off to bed and will start my slow catch up crawl tomorrow… I truly need the Goddess Durga’s thousand hands… ;-)

    • Wait, I think I learned everything about generosity and endless energy from the blog owner over at Mirth and Motivation…oh, it’s YOU!!! LOL!

      Thanks!! :)

  9. WOW. I am so honored.
    I love the poster and the thoughts you compiled here.
    “a key to abundant living is community.” That’s so true – but who ever expected to find such a community among blogs? Granted face to face is important, but sometimes it’s late, or bad weather, or a storm of the sole/soul and amazing how there always seems to be something relevant that appears in the blogosphere.
    Fanny’s quote is terrific. It’s says so well what I’ve tried to encourage my family and those placed in my path to shove along where they need to go. ( and I do feel you cross every person’s path for some reason)
    So thanks for having such a nice spot to come and chat – and finding new people to go read – and thanks for your kind words.
    A post worth pondering, for sure. Well done

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