Inspiration #1 – Kindness Blessings

“On Blessing”

The quote I used at the beginning of this week’s assignment is the last sentence of the first full paragraph on page 5 in the Introduction. Inspiration #1So touched am I by that paragraph that I highlighted the whole thing. For the sake of inspiration, I encourage you to go back to your book and read it again. It sums up my intention for this class, which is to help us recognize and act on the ordinary things in our lives.

It’s also why I recommend you start a “Blessings Journal.” So simple are some of the lovely things we encounter, or even the lovely things we do, that we’ve learned to overlook them. Writing them down helps their impact be even greater, like highlighting an entire paragraph, perhaps.

For an additional dose of inspiration, I direct you to this link on Dr. Remen’s website. There, at the bottom, you can click on a button that allows you to hear her voice. I encourage you to do so.

Link to Book: “My Grandfather’s Blessings”


  1. I am very excited about this new class. This book has already opened up something in my heart that has been locked away for a long time. The ability to bless and be blessed. Remembering that that is what life is about: seeing and believing in the goodness within ourselves and the goodness in others.
    I would love to hear Rachel’s voice, went to the site and there is a phrase that says “Hear Rachel’s Voice” but I am not finding a button. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Carrie! So good to have you involved. What works for me at that link is to scroll down to near the bottom of the page. There, like you I think, I see the “Hear Rachel’s Voice” phrase. Just below that I see an orange circle with a sidewise triangle inside of it. That’s the button. Click on it and you should hear Rachel (I hope!). 🙂 –Andy

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