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Gratitude Service & Dinner

Friday, November 2, 2007
6pm – 9 pm.

Before your reflection on thanksgiving later in the month, come to a non-denominational service with an ‘as-much-as-you-care-to’ discussion about gratitude followed by a community pot-luck dinner.

6-7:30pm – service:

We will look at what keeps us from feeling thankful, how we might go about having more thanks in our lives, and the costs of not having gratitude.

7:30-9:00 – meal:

Bring a yummy side dish and all the rest will be provided… Please, though, RSVP so I can get a head count!

Gratitude Dinner
Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 · 6pm – 9 pm.

Holy Spirit Retreat Center
4316 Lanai Road, Encino, CA 91436
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# 32 / 40 – October 2007

Doing vs. Having Done.                                            

Doing vs. Having Done.

On the web I have seen Dorothy Parker and Gloria Steinem and William Zinsser and Oscar Madison and Ernest Hemingway all attributed as having said, “I don’t like writing, I like having written.” (I couldn’t figure out the “real” author…)

What I want us to do is to play a sort of Mad Libs-type game of “switch the verb.”

There are many activities that we like having done, but don’t particularly like doing.

  • I don’t like ____(process)______,
    I like having ____(result)_____.

Here’s a list of some of mine:

  • I don’t like exercising, I like having exercised.
  • I don’t like cleaning the house, I like having cleaned.
  • I don’t like paying my bills, I like having paid bills.
  • I don’t like doing emotional growth work, I like having done emotional growth work.

This is a problem we all face in our lives . . . not wanting to have to do the tough stuff.

What are the things in your life you would rather be done with?

Chances are, one or two of them are things you know you ought to be doing . . .

For encouragement, I would like to quote Robert Frost,

The best way out is always through.

I pray that we each have the courage to persevere until we reach the place where the tasks we need to do are no longer looming in front of us, and we can be proud in having done them.


With love,

Rabbi Brian

A web version of this article is available here.
This article was also posted at Street Prophets.

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