- Spiritual life, such as the belief in and worship for a higher power, spiritual practices like prayer and meditation, a feeling of heart and soul.
- Connections to the human community, such a family, friends and even strangers who we encounter each day.
- A sense of purpose or a life mission that allows us to give back, make the world a better place.
- An overwhelming body blanket of peace, calm and comfort with the world.
But there is one thing I know to be true. We are in control of how we view the world and our lives, how we react and respond to life happenings. Positive life circumstances do not come from negative thoughts or action. I’ve often told my girls to remember that nobody makes you happy or sad or angry. These are choices that we make ourselves. By taking control of our own emotions, by pursuing a path of emotional health and abundant joy, the quality of life improves tenfold.
- After an evening at Moss Mountain Farm, my college friend P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, I am grateful to live in Arkansas, among such natural beauty and splendor only minutes from my urban dwelling.
- I am grateful for longtime friends who have been in my world, as Dickens said, through the best and worst of times, friends like Dennie who's come back home to Arkansas, which has made life even more of an adventure.
- I’m grateful for puppies that lick you in the face each morning, their kind and gentle way of asking for breakfast.
- I feel blessed that my life has allowed me to know and spend time with philanthropic and community giants like my friend Mr. Maurice Mitchell, who passed away yesterday. His was a life that was a sermon unto itself.
- I’m grateful to be healthy again this spring, especially after planting my herb garden yesterday. Last year’s herb garden didn’t happen and the anticipation of abundant basil and mint and cilantro and the rest . . . well, it's kept a smile on my face all weekend.