Purple wild grapes 2 editedAs we’re approaching our Thanksgiving holiday on November 26th here in the States, I’d like to share with you some “soul food” and bits of wisdom to slip in between the open spaces in your mind and your heart.

I love Chinese food, especially the fortune cookies and the delightful messages inside of them.

I recently received one that said, “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”

As I listen to those words over and over again, here is what I’m hearing:

  • Give one less criticism and one more compliment;
  • Share less judgment and intolerance; share more compassion and diversity;
  • Cancel the whiner in your head, and commit to the wisdom in your heart;
  • Stop punishing your body for what you’ve made of it, and start providing it with healthier food and more exercise;
  • Put on one less selfish tantrum and thoughtfully do one more random act of kindness;
  • Expect one less hour of grief and one more day of gratitude;
  • Let go of being fabulously famous and allow yourself to receive more friends who love you as you are;
  • Stop pushing your mind into square, rigid boxes and mindfully allow your intuition to be fluid and flexible;
  • Support less inhumanities among nations and strive for more humanness in your own neighborhood;
  • Ask not what’s in it for you but rather what’s in it for all of us.

Listen to the whispers of your own soul. No matter how long it takes you to hear them – the important part is that you’re still listening.

Many blessings on your journey!
Janice M. Puta
Author of Pathways: Tales for the Spiritual Seeker
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I love this. All I would add is: Remember that We are all One.


“All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.”

~ Jane Wagner, The Search For Intelligent Life In The Universe, performed by Lily Tomlin

Suzy, thanks for the great sharing! Love the humor — a warm and gentle way to make an impact with a profound idea.

Blessings always,

Wonderful insights Jan. I would offer that slow growth and no growth are human perceptions. There is so much that is occuring in our energetic being that is not readily observable by the naked eye. What is perceived as slow is actually rapid soul evolution and expansion. Our soul’s know what they want to experience and are always moving forward even if our humanness does not recognize it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Love and hugs,