Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Ungiven Gift

'Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it.'
--the late writer William A. Ward, author of Fountains of Faith.


At 1:03 PM, Blogger Kim said...

Wow, I couldn't agree with that more, although I didn't always feel that way.

When I hit a milestone birthday a few years back, I made a vow to always thank people for acts of kindness. It has served me well in the following years.

At 1:04 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I can personally vouch for you living this out, Kim. Good for you.

At 3:38 PM, Blogger LIVE TO EAT said...

I wholeheartedly agree, John. Our time with people is all too short. I have learned to savor the moments with those in my life and to extend goodwill to those I cross paths with in everyday life.

It feels good to offer random acts of kindness to strangers. A simple hello, in passing, can change the mood of the day. It has a positive effect every time. I love that!

Thanks for giving us "The Ungiven Gift", John. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

At 3:41 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Thanks for stopping by, as always, Michael. And glad you found the movie Julie & Julia as interesting as I did. Ms. Streep continues to outdo herself, well past the age when most actresses have begun to coast on their laurels.

At 3:47 PM, Blogger LIVE TO EAT said...

So true, John. Ms. Streep has just scratched the surface of her ability. Thank goodness!

At 3:53 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I was reminded of her unbelievable acting range and the fidelity of her efforts to make various kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds come alive when I watched a video on that gave clips of her various performances over the years. I'll post it when I get a minute to find that (and if someone beats me to the punch, wonderful). But it was a vivid reminder of how great she is and how hard she works to get things just right. But even more amazing than the voice and the gestures of Julia Child, no easy thing, she somehow seemed to be over six feet tall, as Julia was, which is an incredible achievement for an average-sized woman. It just left me in awe.

At 7:08 PM, Blogger LIVE TO EAT said...

Thanks to you, John, I found the link. I hope your readers enjoy it as much as we have.

It has convinced me, once again, that Meryl Streep walks on water.

I think I'll have another look at that link. Thanks again, John for sharing!

At 7:16 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You get brownie points for finding & sharing that link, Michael!

At 7:34 PM, Blogger LIVE TO EAT said...



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