Photo: Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, October 2018

“A decade and a half after the shootdown, I had more blessings than I could count. I had a seat in the greatest deliberative body on earth, the U.S. Senate. I had good health, peace of mind, and a couple of kickass titanium legs. And I had my husband, who’d seen me through everything it took to make it this far, and two beautiful girls.” —Tammy Duckworth, Every Day is a Gift

“Donors like to feel like they’re getting special inside information. Tammy didn’t do that. She said the same thing in front of the donors as she said to the press and the voters. That’s just who she is.” —Jon Carson, Senator Tammy Duckworth on the Attack That Took Her Legs—And Having a Baby at 50



“Paying attention attunes us to wonder. We look around us and are astonished at the complexity of a leaf, the gymnastics of a squirrel, the grandeur of an approaching thunderstorm. We notice a delicate, yet strong spiderweb glistening with dewdrops. We discover a maple tree in spring, dripping icicles of sweet sap, and we taste and take the very essence of tree inside of us.”

Pouring maple taffy onto a baking sheet coated with snow to cool it.
Image: Canva | Making maple taffy in the snow.

“Later, we stand under the stars, marveling at the Milky Way galaxy, splattered like raindrops across the dark windshield of the universe.”

“Each discovery is another “cairn” that tells us we are moving in the right direction.”

Stacking rock cairns are placed by hikers as path markers as way-finders.
Image: Canva | Stacking rock cairns as path markers and way-finders.

“With these observations of “ordinary” wonder comes awe, swiftly followed by gratitude. Our perspective shifts. Our glass moves from half empty to half full.”

—Cindy Crosby, Chasing Dragonflies


Radiant Body of Light

“The earth’s time of transformation into a radiant body of light has arrived, and it is already changing so that its physical properties are no longer as they were, but are containers for the light that comes from the Highest. The human body, too, is changing, and as it does so to ever greater degrees, many more will develop the capacity to manifest the light of God within every level of their human experience. Out of this choice, a new and sacred humanity will emerge — one that is conscious of its relationship with the Creator and that shares with Divine intention, the possibility for creating a new and sacred, illuminated planet.” —GurujiMa


Coming Home

“What is true for humanity as a whole is that we are on our way. We are moving from the less real to the more real. We are remembering our origins and are coming home. No matter what storms assail us or what winds seek to cause us to lose our way, we are like homing pigeons returning to the Source, a Source that cannot be extinguished for it is the foundation of life.” –GurujiMa