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100 steps to grace for 2011

Everybody wants to find more fulfillment and happiness in life.  As we move forward in this New Year I'd like to share with you 100 lessons that I have learned in my life (and continue to learn) in hopes they will help you find increased happiness and peace in 2011.

This post is part of the Life Lessons Series featured on blogger Abubakar Jamil's Self Improvement Blog.

 1.  Pick up a stone and admire it for a few moments.

 2.  After you put the stone down look at your hand and admire that.  Have you ever seen a more beautiful creation?

 3.  Put a hand on your belly and breathe with only your belly moving.

 4.  My dad, who was in great shape until he died at 95, used to make a point of thinking of something pleasant before he went to sleep. Try it, see if it works for you.

 5.  Read the 23rd Psalm.

 6.  Read a verse or two from Gitanjali, by Rabindranath Tagore.

 7.  Does life seem transitory to you sometimes?  Consider the possibility that at the core of your being you are immortal and unchanging.

 8.  Look at a photo of your Mom and honor her.

 9.  Don't look to the world for a sense of importance -- look within, to your own being.

 10.  Look up at the sky.

 11.  Consider the timeless words: "My yoke is easy, my burden is light."

 12.  Be still.

 13.  Be still some more.

 14.  Listen to your own inner voice and trust it.

 15.  Say "thank you" and really mean it.

 16.  Consider the possibility that you don't have to look for happiness because who you truly are is already happy.

 17.  Do the thing your mind says it doesn't want to do.

 18.  Trust life.

 19.  Don't let thoughts dictate your life.

 20.  You don't have to see thoughts as an enemy -- just realize that while thoughts come and go, who you truly are at the core of your being does not come and go.

 21.  Listen to the sweet sound of running water.

 22. Be of equal grace to all you meet.

23.  Thank your spouse or friend for the many gifts they bring to your life.

24.  Know in your heart that life is good and if you play your part and trust life and trust yourself life will unfold as it should.

 25.  Find some ducks somewhere and take a few minutes to admire them.

 26.  It's never too late to change your mind.

 27. It's never too late to make an extraordinary discovery -- at the core of your being you are already happy.

 28.  Don't keep your happiness to yourself.  Spread it around.

 29.  Don't know what to do?  Be still, and listen.  There's always the right thing to do in any situation.

 30.  Don't close up when strong feelings come.  I tried it for a long long time, and it doesn't work.  Let yourself feel whatever it is you are feeling, no matter how painful it may be.  You will make an amazing discovery.  What seemed like sadness, or grief, or fear will change into something altogether different.

 31.  Discover life's paradox.  Be open to change, soft and yielding as water, but remember you are also strong and nothing worthwhile happens without persistence.

 32.  2011 is a perfect year to get in shape.  Consider going to a gym, if you've never been to one before.  You may find it's a lifesaver.  It’s helped me in many ways.

 33.  Spend more time with Nature.

 34.  Admire the spaciousness of the sky and remind yourself that the spaciousness you see has its origin in you.

 35.  The sky is simply reflects back to you an aspect of your own being, just as a mountain, or a flower, or another person reflect back to you the oneness of all creation.

 36.  Never pass up an opportunity to pat another person's dog -- or of course, your own dog.

37.  If someone has helped you, or done their best to help you, make sure they know how much you appreciate the helpful person that they are.

 38.  If despair is upon you, there is something you should know.  I've experienced a lot of tribulation -- some of it conscious, some of it unconscious – and I’ve learned that on the other side of despair is joy.

 39.  It's the joy of our own being, untouched and unchanged by any of the adversities of our life.

40.  We come into this world with a unique gift to give.  We can think of this in external terms, and that's very appropriate.  But the greatest gift you have to give in 2011 is yourself, your own genuine, timeless presence.

41.  Be thankful for the gift of hearing.  Just listening to some passing geese, or the laughter of a child is more than enough happiness for one day.

42.  Don't only listen to external sounds.  Listen also to the wisdom of your own spirit speaking to you in the quietness of your heart.

43.  Take courage.  Let 2011 be a year in which a precious goal or dream of yours comes true.

44.  Take patience.  Patience is one of the greatest gifts of the universe.  As long as you are doing the right thing in this moment, offering the very best you can into this moment, why be too concerned about the future?  It will take care of itself, as all the prophets have said.

45.  Take pleasure in little things.

46.  Take pleasure in the chickadee, for instance, and her unique cry as she goes about her business.

47.  Take pleasure in the sight of an old man enjoying his grandchildren.

48.  Take pleasure in thinking about the gift that your own physical body has been to you in your life.

49.  Even if your body is having troubles at the moment, acknowledge, and be thankful for the extraordinary faithfulness it has shown to you all these years.

50.  Don’t be afraid if you lose something precious. There is one thing you can never lose -- your own timeless, boundless being.

51.  Sing a new song next time you see your wife, or husband, or friend.  I'm not suggesting that you necessarily sing in a physical sense.  But don't be afraid to let a part of yourself come out to play that may never have come out to play in your life before.

52.  Sing a new song next time you vacuum the house.

53.  Sing a new song next time you go to the coffee shop, or to the supermarket, or to a football game.  Just because we have done something before doesn't mean we have to experience it in exactly the same way the next time, does it?

54.  Life is a victorious experience when we live it properly.  I truly believe this.

55.  There are riches and wonders waiting to be revealed in your life that I bet you have never even dreamed of yet.

56.  Persistence is an aspect of our own divine nature. There is always more persistence available to you in life.

57.  Mind you, it's worth remembering that life has a magical, spontaneous quality to it, so that we don't get so hung up on finishing something that we lose any pleasure or enjoyment in what we're doing.

58. As Khalil Gibran aptly said, Who bakes without love bakes a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger.

59.  When in doubt, smile.

60.  I find doing a little abdominal breathing is a wonderful way to reduce stress and get more grounded.

61.  It's good to be whole. But let us not forget that wholeness already exists.  All we really have to do is let the wholeness of our own being express more fully through us -- in 2011 or any other year.

62.  You may already do some Chi Gung, but if not, look into it.  It's a great way to keep in shape at every level, especially as we age.

63.  A wonderful resource on Chi Gung is a book called, "The Way of Energy," by Master Lam Kam Chuen.

64.  Be kind to yourself.

65.  Some words I like to say to myself once in a while: "Everything is going to be all right."

66.  Reminds me of some words from an old Caribbean song: "Every little thing’s going to be all right."

67.  Don't forget the sea, and the wonderful healing energy of the sea.  My wife JoAnn and I live in Denver.  I know I need to see the sea again.  It's a big priority for me in 2011.

68.  Just listening to the roar of the sea, the steady background noise that it makes, is uplifting for anybody.

69.  The roar of the sea is primeval, like the roar of a lion.  May we never lose either one.

70.  Stop and listen to the sound that the universe makes in your ear.

71.  Stop and note the magnificence of the universe as it displays itself in a fine painting, or in a mountain, or in a brightly colored butterfly.

72.  Be true to yourself.  Honor yourself.  Above all, listen to the voice of your own being in the quietness of your heart.

73.  Feel the skin of your own hand.  Isn't it a miracle?

74.  Pick a blade of grass this summer and stick it between your teeth like you did when you were young.

75.  My favorite picture hangs above my computer.  It shows a young fox at rest on a mound of earth with a piece of grass in his teeth, eyes shut and face aglow with bliss.

76.  Bliss is our true nature. Don't let go of your bliss, follow it wherever it takes you.

77.  Don’t be too quick to form an opinion of someone – it takes time to really get to know another person.

78.  I don't know if this post will work or not.  It's a bit experimental.  If it does work, or even if it doesn't, would you write and let me know?

79.  Who are you, really?  Suppose you are an aspect of Eternal Love finding expression through human form?  Our forms come and go -- but the love that you truly are has neither beginning nor end.

80. "Love never fails."  Were more beautiful words ever written?

81.  Where are the limits of love?  Does love have any limits?

82.  Love is not bound by time.  I just thought of my mother, long gone, and felt a closeness with her that is as strong now as it ever was.

83.  If love transcends time, perhaps it also transcends space? 

84. If the truth of your being is love, and you get on a plane and go somewhere, do you really go somewhere?

85.  Perhaps, when we think we travel, or moving from one town to another, we jump to a conclusion.

86.  Perhaps the truth of who you are has not moved at all?

87.  Perhaps here is a secret of true peace in life.

88.  Got to say a word in support of ravens.  I love ravens, love hearing them call.  I'm so glad that this townhome complex where we live has a resident flock of ravens I can listen to and watch and love.

89.  Don't only look for joy in big things like a relationship, or a trip to Hawaii, or Bali.  Look for joy in little things like going for a walk, drinking a cup of tea, or chatting with a friend.

90.  Joy is a gift from the universe.  It's part of our divine nature.

91.  Let the joy that is already inside you be given expression freely through you in these coming months, to bless your own life and the lives of others.

92.  Joy is our true name.  It was our name before we came into this world, and it will still be our name when we say goodbye to our earthly body that has been our home and friend in this life.

93. It's never too late to open your heart to joy. It’s simple mathematics.  The more joy and love you express, the more joy and love you know.

94. Same thing with freedom.  The more we open our mind and our heart to the true freedom that already exists within our own being regardless of circumstance the more we experience the truth of freedom in our lives.

95.  Joy and freedom.  Freedom and joy.  Such beautiful words, aren't they?

96. I'm writing this post in a little study in a sweet little townhome complex in Denver, Colorado.  Wherever you are, and wherever you live, I want to say "hi," and reach out a hand of friendship and blessing to you.  I wish you a truly happy, fulfilling and creative new year.

97. We are not as separate from one another as we may have thought. 

98.  You are part of a beautiful, harmonious whole.

99.  You are loved by this Whole.

100.  May you be strengthened and sustained by love as you move into whatever 2011 holds in store for you.

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{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

Jacqueline Johns - Your Happy Life Mentor January 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm

It works!

I’d like to see a calendar printed with your steps to grace.

Giving each thought time to seep into the consciousness could be life-changing.

Reading them is great – but absorbing them would be better.

Live Life Happy!
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Christopher Foster January 1, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Jacqueline, many thanks for your kind comment, and especially your interesting thought about a calendar. “Live life happy.” What great advice. Blessings


Kaylee June 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I know this was over a year ago, but I second the calendar idea! I’d love those words of wisdom sitting on my desk. 🙂
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Gareth April 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

LOL yes it does work! The list actually cheered me up to “go and find some ducks somewhere…” 🙂
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Christopher Foster May 4, 2013 at 10:12 am

Thanks Gareth. Best of luck and I hope you find some ducks.

ntathu allen January 2, 2011 at 2:22 am

Ahhh bliss. Thank you. Following on from above idea would be lovely to receive a daily tweet grace via twitter..


Christopher Foster January 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Thanks for the great idea re twitter ntathu. Say hi to the UK for me.


Uzma January 2, 2011 at 3:47 am

A big ‘hi’ Christopher. This is a fantastic post and style. Really enjoyed it, especially the Caribbean song and Tagore. Love the calendar idea also. You could make it in pdf or even real print to put on our work tables. Do think about it. Take care and a very very happy and joyous new year to you.
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Christopher Foster January 2, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Uzma, you are sure a blessing to your world. Thankyou for your thoughts and encouragement here, especially as regards the idea for a calendar of some sort. Going to be fun to see what unfolds for us and through us all this coming year isn’t it? What kind of work do you do by the way? Love the title of your current post.


The Vizier January 2, 2011 at 4:27 am

Hi Christopher,

It is always great to read an article from you! 🙂

I think you have put together 100 excellent ideas on finding increased happiness and peace in 2011. I already feel more serene just by reading through them. Here are my thoughts on some of them.

19. Don’t let thoughts dictate your life.

This is a lovely idea. Thoughts are wonderful servants but lousy masters. If we have no control over our thoughts, they could easily become negative and destroy our natural happiness and peace. Learning to control and put our thoughts in their proper place as tools is essential to finding joy in life.

23. Thank your spouse or friend for the many gifts they bring to your life.

Being grateful for the people we have in our lives and expressing that gratefulness in words and deeds is vital to joyful living. All too often it is easy to say that we are grateful in our hearts for our loved ones. But our loved ones are not mind-readers and unless we turn our thoughts into actions, it is as good as not being grateful. We should seize every single moment to show our appreciation for the people we love.

75. Favourite picture

Thank you for sharing your favourite picture with us. I think it is a lovely picture that you have chosen to hang above your computer. I usually make sure that my desktop wallpaper is inspiring. Right now mine is a picture of a space station orbiting a planet. I think that being aware of the vastness of the universe always helps to put things in perspective for me.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful article with us Christopher! 🙂

Irving the Vizier
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Christopher Foster January 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Dear Irving,

Once again you’ve really blessed this space with your thoughtful but heartfelt thoughts. I love the way you’ve enlarged on these ideas and as I’ve probably said before, I’m truly delighted to be sharing this adventure called life with you. Hold tight to that indomitable and generous spirit you bring to the world. Blessings.


Dr. Rhoberta Shaler January 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm

What a beautiful collection of thoughts! Thank you for taking the time to do it, living enough to have something to say, and caring enough to share it.

The one thing that I would like to add is to make a commitment to sow peace within, at home and at work. When you are peace, it radiates. Take the time to be peaceful, to cultivate peace within. Get the skills to communicate in ways that promote peace…and that has nothing to do with being a passive doormat!

It would be a wonderful contribution if you would share your insights at my blog as I know they would be valuable to my readers.

Thanks again, Christopher, and many blessings to you and your wife this year and every year.

Continue to Sow Peace™,

Rhoberta Shaler, PhD,
Peace Catalyst | Founder of Sow Peace™ International & Spiritual Living Network
http://SowPeace.com | http://SpiritualLivingNetwork.com
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Christopher Foster January 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Thanks for this terrific input Rhoberta. I’m reminded of the ancient words, ‘As you sow so shall you reap.” Of course, we have to be at peace ourselves before we can give this great gift to others. I’m so thankful to you for this input and many thanks for the invitation to share at your blog. Blessings.


Faye Riley January 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Your list contains many wonderful and peaceful quotes that bring joy.
Thank you for posting your thoughts. May this be a great new year!


Christopher Foster January 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Thankyou so much Faye. I wish you joy and peace every day and at night-time too. Yes indeed. May this be a great New Year. Blessings.


Steven Aitchison January 3, 2011 at 12:49 am

Hi Christopher. First of all Happy New Year to you and your wife, I hope you had a great one.

This post is such a beautiful collection of thoughts which has a sense of serenity and calmness to it. Number 58 reminds me of something my wife says: every time she makes a meal I make a point of saying it was delicious, as do my sons, and her reply is always; ‘it’s because there’s an extra bit of love in it’.

Thanks for taking the time to write this Christopher, it really was beautiful.
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Christopher Foster January 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Steven, such a pleasure to welcome you here. Thank you for your comment and your kind good wishes to JoAnn and me. By the same token Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

That’s what makes a meal special isn’t it, someone (like your wife) puts an extra bit of love in it. How lovely that your sons get in on the act too. Bet you and your wife have some fine youngsters growing up there with you.

Best wishes to you and your family for a truly happy, exciting and prosperous New Year — and may your new “Mind Alchemy” course have the rich success that it surely deserves.


Rosemary January 3, 2011 at 3:24 am

Hey Christopher, just a quick note to you to say ‘yes, it works and it works well.’ I was feeling a bit down this morning and now I don’t! Thank you for this and I am really happy to have found your website.
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Christopher Foster January 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I’m happy you found this website too Rosemary, becoz now I have the pleasure of meeting you, for the first time I think, and thanking you for sharing your experience. Blessings to you and have a wonderful 2011.


Marty January 3, 2011 at 4:43 am

I feel at one with you in your thoughts and values. A beautiful post that has lifted me this morning.

It’s amazing how minor worries can creep in sub-consciously if we allow them to. Reading your post has made me realise this. I’m able to dismiss those false worries and make today a day of joy.

Thank you. Be blessed beyond measure today for sharing your gift.
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Christopher Foster January 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Thank you for your very kind and uplifting comment Marty. Yes, minor worries are good at creeping in under the radar aren’t they, but we do have the power, as you say, and exemplify, to set them on one side and focus on that great joy that is always with us, reaching out a hand of friendship to us. Our own joy.

So happy to make your acquaintance Marty. Every good wish for 2011.


Phil Malmstrom January 3, 2011 at 9:19 am

Christopher, this is by far my favorite article of yours to date. I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve posted a link to this on my Facebook Wall so I can share these wonderful thoughts with my friends.

Have a Blessed Day my Friend!
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Christopher Foster January 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Hi Phil. Thanks a lot for sharing the link at Facebook — you have a blessed day too. It’s a true pleasure to know you. Have a wonderful 2011.


GutsyWriter January 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm

So many wonderful suggestions that we overlook because of our busy schedules. We had a New Year’s party this year with 30 friends and it turned out so well because my husband and I took the time to prepare and make everyone feel welcome. Sometimes we forget to put in that little bit of extra effort to make others feel special.

I like #89 ” Don’t only look for joy in big things like a relationship, or a trip to Hawaii, or Bali. Look for joy in little things like going for a walk, drinking a cup of tea, or chatting with a friend.Thanks for the inspiration.”


Christopher Foster January 4, 2011 at 9:22 am

Sounds like you had a wonderful party Sonia, and I’m sure, as you say, that it was all becoz of the love and care you put into it. Every good wish for 2011. Good to be sharing the journey with you.


Sibyl - alternaview January 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Wow…what an awesome list. I am going to spend a lot of time with this list. I totally appreciated all of your suggestions and how they all point us in the direction of the most important things in life … love, gratitude, appreciation, and knowing really how we are deep down inside. Thanks for sharing and passing this along.
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Christopher Foster January 4, 2011 at 9:15 am

Sibyl, thanks for this, especially for underlining what truly are the most important things in life.


andy uk January 4, 2011 at 5:55 am

What great inspiration this is, i have practiced a lot of what is said above without even realising, which makes me proud not to have to have been told them then practiced them. Andy


Christopher Foster January 4, 2011 at 9:09 am

Thanks Andy. Good to hear from you. All the very best.


Lori January 4, 2011 at 10:41 am

Hi Christopher,
Best to you for the new year, I’m so happy to have met you.
This is lovely, such wisdom and focus went into this. I am appreciative for the time you took to put this post together. I am bookmarking this for future reference. 🙂
When I think of the positive influences in my life in 2010, you are right at the top of the list. Thank you from the deepest parts of my being.
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Christopher Foster January 4, 2011 at 11:42 am

Thanks Lori. You’re a special friend. Look, thankyou so much for the input re nested comments. I hopefully followed your instructions, will have to see if it works. Good to be sharing this blogging journey with you. Blessings.


Lori January 4, 2011 at 11:57 am

Oh, lovely! I love your nested comments, so warm. 🙂
I am enjoying sharing this blogging journey with you, Chris.
Much love and warmth in 2011, my friend.
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The Exception January 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm

What a wonderful and simple list – so many gems here… and wonderful to keep in mind as 2011 begins.
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Christopher Foster January 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Thanks much for stopping by. My goodness. Just love your post on Celebrating Love. Have a wonderful 2011.


Tess The Bold Life January 5, 2011 at 8:11 am

What a wonderful post. You had me with the stone. I’m a nature freak due to growing up on a farm. Stones are one of my favorite things. Amazing, this list is simply amazing!
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Christopher Foster January 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Thank you Tess. And backatcha. Your own list of tips for an amazing New Year is absolutely outstanding. So happy to be travelling this way with you. I didn’t grow up on a farm. But when I was a kid in London and the bombing started in WW2, I was sent to live with an aunt in North Devon. We lived at the end of a country lane next door to a farm — I used to walk there each morning to fetch the milk. So glad you like stones!


Patti Foy January 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Hi Christopher,
Happy New Year! I’m a little behind the ball on this one (after a break away from anything computer-related — ahhhh!) but feel compelled to comment anyway. This is an absolutely beautiful list. Thank you so much for putting it on paper (?!) for us. So many treasures here.
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Christopher Foster January 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Thank you Patti. Always a real pleasure to connect with you. I love the title of your new post and I’ll be hopping over your way to read it a bit later on.


Mary Jaksch | Goodlife ZEN January 7, 2011 at 2:14 am

Each of these gifts of wisdom are rich and deep. All you need to do now, Chris, is to write a post about each one of them. And then bring them together for an Ebook. That should keep you out of trouble this year 😉

I’m so delighted to see that you have turned into a hotshot blogger – YEAH!\
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Christopher Foster January 7, 2011 at 8:53 am

Mary, your courage, your generosity of spirit and your passion to live life to the full and help others live life to the full — and be a good blogger too – is an inspiration. Thanks. But look, can I get into just a tiny bit of trouble once in awhile if I really want to?
Hugs back to you Mary. Thankyou for your comment and for all your terrific guidance and encouragement. You’re sure making a difference in my life.


Robin Easton January 9, 2011 at 11:41 am

Dear Chris,

I am very late in commenting to this WONDERFUL post. I read it when it first went up, but so much going on lately, a lot going on these last few weeks.

What I really loved about this was I felt I got to know you better. It’s the first post I’ve read of yours that showed incredibly deep aspects of your world view. And it is an amazingly VAST world view. I really really like it.

My first thought was: “Wow, I wish he’d take each one of these points individually and do a post based on that ONE point. The amazing thing is, that when you were done you would have a book. I think I might try that. Make a list of the things that form my world view and then write about each one. I’ve never done that before.

As I read this I had many questions arise. The other thing is that I found some of these stunningly beautiful. They speak of your HEART, Chris, not the mind. I really feel that the HEART is what we all need to focus on now, more than ever.

Thank you dear friend, you are filled with great beauty and wisdom that runs very deep.



Christopher Foster January 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Robin, I’m so happy to hear from you, thankyou for this comment. I have this beautiful feeling that in a sense I am part of you, and you are part of me. I mean this in the sense that at the level of the heart, the feeling of being “separate” or “different” from another person or other people really does fade and we realize the simple truth that we are one. Parts of One spirit, One truth, One life in search of itself more fully in this world.

Blessings to you Robin.


Robin Easton January 9, 2011 at 11:44 am

I just saw that Mary Jaksch had the same idea I did, about turning each of these into a book. I didn’t read all the other comments. I usually respond first, so that my response is my own and from the heart, and then I go back and sometimes read some comments.

But how wonderful!! Two people feel the same about this needing to be a book. 🙂 I’d say the Universe is speaking to you, Chris! Hugs, Robin 🙂 🙂


Christopher Foster January 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Hugs right backatcha Robin and thank you so much for your encouragement. You have a big heart and it blesses a lot of people and it’s wonderful to feel its warmth and love. With you in whatever is to unfold in our lives in 2011.


keshav January 13, 2011 at 3:29 am

I loved this…my friend!


William W. Larson, PhD February 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm

What a terrific piece of work. Your piece, “100 steps to grace for 2011” is as inspirational as it is informative. Thanks for writing it.


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Christopher Foster February 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Thank you immensely for this comment William. You made my day. Blessings to you too.


neeta April 25, 2011 at 3:50 am

Loved your list. Thank you so much.


Rebecca Remulla May 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

Thank you! I loved what you wrote, it’s beautiful! I’ve been feeling low these days as I just lost my job. It’s a good thing my wonderful daughter sent me an email that led me to your website. I know I’ll read more of your works these coming days.

God bless!


Christopher Foster May 25, 2011 at 8:47 am

Rebecca, thank you for sharing. I’m so sorry about losing your job. I find in my own life sometimes all we can do and all we must do is to allow ourself to feel the very painful feelings that want to come up — and know that as we do this the sun will surely break thru. The pain and misfortune becomes an opening to know more of our true, timeless, thoroughly authentic Self and actually our life opens to a whole new level.

Love and blessings in your journey.


Jatin May 25, 2011 at 6:03 am

It was really a very good & inspirational.
I am going to print it and will be doing it as much as possible

I am very positive person butI got a bit under depression due to an injury which is giving me a tough time Hopefully this 100 todo will help me to get rid of it.

Thanks for this wonderful blog gift.

God Bless!!


Christopher Foster May 25, 2011 at 8:34 am

Jatin, thank you for sharing and I hope very much the article will be a help. I know how painful and devastating these difficult times can be and I wish you a quick healing and recovery.
Love and blessings from your friend Chris.


Neeru July 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I found it very comforting.

Thank you,



Jaky Astik July 24, 2011 at 8:51 am

Interesting..amazing 🙂


Christopher Foster July 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Hey Jaky, thanks for stopping by. Good luck and God bless.


J.D. Meier September 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Beautiful insights.

> Don’t let thoughts dictate your life.
That one’s got me thinking … and feeling.


Christopher Foster September 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Hi JD. (Okay to address you that way?) Thank you so much for reading this post and commenting. It was fun to write. Do you think something along this line, maybe a bit different thememight work for the next New Year?


Helen September 19, 2011 at 8:02 am

wow…. I’ll add my favourite .. psalm 143



Christopher Foster September 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Thanks so much Helen. It’s a beauty all right. I love the words, “Lead me into the land of uprightness.” My best to you.


Georgette Hodge December 14, 2011 at 8:38 am

Thanks a lot for sharing the link at Facebook — you have a blessed day too. I’d like to see a calendar printed with your steps to grace. I’m reminded of the ancient words, ‘As you sow so shall you reap.” Of course, we have to be at peace ourselves before we can give this great gift to others. You had me with the stone.
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Christopher Foster September 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Thank you Bo. Great to hear from you.


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Christopher Foster June 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Hey, thank you so much for your feedback here, Kaylee. Will definitely consider this possibility moving toward the New Year. Love to you.


Christopher Foster January 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Oh good, I guess they’re working eh? I guess blogging is like life. There’s always something new waiting to be received. Thanks again for your kind input here.


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