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A short guide to happiness and fulfillment

Long ago--I don't even want to think how long ago it was--my mentor, Martin Cecil, wrote a short poem about life and the path to true happiness and fulfillment that is beautiful in its simplicity and timelessness.

Martin was a mentor to my wife, JoAnn, too. "These words have given me so much comfort over the years," she says. "I was drawn to them a lot, they really got me thinking, and still do."

Here's the poem. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have. (We keep it pinned to the front door of our frig.)

"Any moment of hating/Any moment of lying/Any moment of resentment/ Is a moment of dying.

"Any moment of loving/Any moment of giving/Any moment of thankfulness/Is a moment of living.

"All our moments add together/Like the digits in a sum/And the answer tells us plainly/Whether life or death shall come." --Martin Cecil.

As always, would love to receive any comments you may have on the above. My love to you as we continue on together into whatever wonders, discouragements, delights and blessings 2017 may hold.





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Lyndsey January 10, 2017 at 5:07 pm

Beautiful poem Christopher! Thank you so much for sharing; I too will refer to it often.


Christopher Foster January 12, 2017 at 11:33 am

Thanks Lyndsey, I’m delighted to hear from you and send you lots of love and best wishes for a happy 2017. What on earth happened to 2016, it seemed to pass in a kind of blur?


Bill & Wendy Crosman January 10, 2017 at 6:48 pm

Dear Chris, We so enjoy reading your blog. The wisdom of our amazing mentor, Martin, expressed in his words and in his living, is more vitally needed than ever. THANK YOU for this reminder, and what you offer, and have offered for so many years. With love and appreciation, Bill & Wendy


Christopher Foster January 12, 2017 at 11:36 am

Hi Bill and Wendy,
What a pleasure it is to hear from you. Thank you for your comment and your kind words to me personally. It’s good to be sharing this adventure together. Lots of love to you both.


Cols conradie January 11, 2017 at 3:43 am

Thank you for sharing Christopher. I will print out and read often.

Have a wonderful New Year. Look forward to many more posts from you.

God bless x


Christopher Foster January 12, 2017 at 11:38 am

Great to hear from you Cols. Thanks for your kind and encouraging words and I wish you a very Happy New Year also.


Lucille January 11, 2017 at 10:44 am

Thank you, Chris for sharing a beautiful poem from a beautiful angel, our dearest friend Martin of long ago, but his spirit still remaining with us today. His poem definitely tells a story of how it is about attitudes and living…or dying. I’ve read this one quite often for many years, thankfully, as a reminder. We always have a choice—which shall it be? Of course, I can only look to myself concerning it, and I find it is easier to love than to hate…or be identified with negative emotions.
You are a beautiful angel, Chris, a God-Being on earth, offering much to the world through your own living and on your blog, always sharing with all of us something of beauty and uplifting for many to see. Thank you for Being You in expression now and always. It is wonderful Chris to be with you and JoAnn in spirit doing our vibrational work together. Much Love to you, and a great appreciation for you.


Christopher Foster January 12, 2017 at 11:52 am

Thank you and bless you Lucille. I appreciate your love and support so much. Truly we do have a choice, and how thankful we can be that the door to happiness, wonder and forgiveness is boundless and unending, and is always open to us regardless or perhaps sometimes even because of the challenges that life brings to us. Blessings to you Lucille. With you in the way.


Michel January 11, 2017 at 10:06 pm

Thank you Christopher for sharing this thoughtful poem, as Martin put it we are the creator of our life. Much love to you my friend in this renewed cycle around the Sun. May you keep inspiring your world with your gentil presence.
One with You,


Christopher Foster January 12, 2017 at 11:56 am

Hi Michel, as always, it’s great to hear from you and share your sunny, uplifting spirit. Much love to you, and best wishes for a happy and productive 2017.


Åsa January 12, 2017 at 8:33 am

Beautiful poem. I love it when someone in just a few words manage to say a lot! Thank you for sharing it with us.


Christopher Foster January 12, 2017 at 11:56 am

Thank you Asa. Love and blessings to you.


Maureen Moeller January 16, 2017 at 11:10 pm

Christopher, such simple words with so much weight. It takes constant diligence to choose life. So easy in today’s world to wallow in anger, resentment and hatred. Martin helps us to see that the choice is ours. I’ll keep reading this; as I’m still in disbelief what this country has done to itself. Some days I don’t make the choice of life…I’ll keep trying. Please know I miss both you and JoAnn. I hope all is well.


Christopher Foster January 22, 2017 at 11:25 am

As always, it’s lovely to hear from you, Maureen. Thank you for your words and the courage and determination in them. We keep on keeping on. We keep on doing our best. Much love from us both. All is well, thank you.


Nancy Leefe January 17, 2017 at 9:24 pm

Thanks, Chris! Words to truly live by! Thanks for the reminder! So many more blessings to consider and keep alive!


Christopher Foster January 22, 2017 at 11:27 am

It’s a pleasure to hear from you Nancy. Love and blessings to you and thank you for your comment.


Mary Margaret Embroli January 19, 2017 at 11:43 am

Thanks for sharing the Martin Cecil poem. It’s truly appropriate for the times we’re in right now. So we’ll all need to take those moments of resentment and turn them into moments of love and giving. Thanks for sharing this as we all struggle to find a new normal in a changing landscape.


Christopher Foster January 22, 2017 at 11:31 am

Thank you for your comment, Mary, you sum things up beautifully. Blessings to you.


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