Gratitude and grace…

One of the most powerful words in the english language is “thank you”. To truly appreciate another for something they have done or given to us and to let them know directly is one of the most important communications we can have.

Recently a young man I had met several years ago wrote to me and told me that he appreciated my influence in his life and that a philosophy he had “heard” from me had helped him “steer his course”.

Aptly, he pointed out that it is his own interpretation but also he attributed my contribution as important and I felt truly honored and blessed  to hear from him. You see every day we connect with our fellow human beings. We connect at a myriad of levels and some are more important than others. But often our paths diverge and we never get to know about the influence we may have had in someone’s life nor take the time to tell another of the influence they have had in ours.

So today I wanted to explicitly thank Reverend Angelica Jayne Taggart. I met Rev. Angelica many years ago. She was my spiritual guide, mentor and teacher for a number of years and she recently moved away. I was hoping to take her out for lunch and a movie before she left but it did not happen. Angelica is the embodiment of a peaceful, loving person who accepts and includes others, she is always smiling. She is in her words “a Pollyanna” (A person who is persistently cheerful and optimistic, even when given cause not to be so) and she excels at it. She started a Blog many years ago (click here to read it) and sends out Friday messages to over 500 people each week. She assembled her Friday messages into a book and she published it. She gifted me a copy and there are many inspirational things she has written and my effort to create and maintain this Blog is inspired by her contribution.

So today and explicitly I say thank you to Rev. Angelica for being the perfect example of yourself and shining your light brightly and consistently in my life. I love you and thank you. Who you are is wonderful. What you do is important. Namaste.



My vision is a world where conflict is communicated and used to stimulate personal freedom and expression for all mankind. My mandate is to reduce conflict using love as my primary tool. My life's work is to learn and then share my learning with others. I am supported by a wonderful loving husband named Pedro, a loving family and many friends. I derive income from helping my clients build and protect their wealth as a financial planner and occasionally from spiritual fitness coaching and speaking engagements. 


  1 comment for “Gratitude and grace…

  1. February 1, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Ahhh …. thank you Brad!! Imagine me giving you a big hug!!

    I am coming back for a wedding in August — we’ll do lunch and a movie then OK 🙂

    Blessings, Angelica

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