UNITY  of Hilton Head: 
A Positive Path
 for Spiritual 
Living,
Meets
Sunday 
at 10 a.m.

Seaquins 
Ballroom
 (Fred Astaire
 Dance Studio)

1300 Fording
 Island Rd.
 (Near Tanger I) 
  Bluffton, SC


We Meet Sunday
at 10 a.m.

Phone: 843-682-8177

Rev. Julia's phone:
843-757-7817


Mailing Address: 
 P.O. Box 130
 Bluffton, SC  29910 




Julia Johnson, Ph.D.
Minister and CEO 


Board of Trustees

Marion Norman
President

Patricia Bell
Treasurer

Patricia Clinton
Vice President

Marianne Hartin
Secretary
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UNITY of Hilton Head:
A Positive Path for Spiritual Living
Mission

The Mission Of UNITY of Hilton Head: A Positive Path for Spiritual Living is to help ourselves and others experience God's unconditional love and acceptance.

Welcome

Welcome to UNITY of Hilton Head: A Positive Path for Spiritual Living:  A loving, joy-filled spiritual community made up of people who embrace the spiritual essence in every person. We respect the universal truths in all religions and each individual's right to choose a spiritual path. At Unity, you'll find a spiritual community to join and support you on your journey.

UNITY of Hilton Head: A Positive Path for Spiritual Living belongs to UNITY Worldwide
which sees God as good and everywhere present and affirms the spark of Divinity in all of us. We believe that we can co-create heaven on Earth through our words, thoughts and actions. Please join us on Sunday for our service or attend one of our classes. You'll find a spiritual family who embraces community spirit, prayer and meditation, sacred service, spiritual education and joyful living.


UNITY of Hilton Head:
A Positive Path for Spiritual Living


Meets Sundays
at 10 a.m.
Seaquins Ballroom
1300 Fording
Island Road, (nearTanger I)
Bluffton, S.C.

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Phone:
843-682-8177

Rev. Julia's phone:
 843-757-7817

email:

"An Attitude of Gratitude"
November, 2014

    

For me, Thanksgiving is a reminder to live my life in a consistent Attitude of Gratitude which is really about thanking God for the gift of life by living life fully, without reservation. Thanksgiving is about “thanksgiving.” That is, it is about giving thanks for all the good in your life by living it triumphantly.
Three years ago, on October 11th, 2011, I lost my precious daughter Leslie to Cystic Fibrosis. Through Leslie, I learned to live my life triumphantly in an attitude of gratitude. Having been told by doctors when she was five years old that she probably wouldn’t live to be seven, I lived every day of her life in an attitude of gratitude for each birthday, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas that we got to celebrate together. Knowing that there could be no tomorrow with her, her brothers and I lived lives of absolute gratitude for the good that was happening in each present moment.
She was an inspirational, amazing, one-of-a-kind Spirit. And although I will never get over it, I am getting through it by focusing on gratitude for the 50 years of love, joy and friendship that her brothers and I enjoyed with her.
In spite of 50 years with a debilitating disease like Cystic Fibrosis, Leslie constantly thanked God for the gift of life by living her life fully, without reservation, by living her life triumphantly. In her last message to her Caring Friends Team, my precious daughter Leslie said, “Last year was the most difficult year of my life. It was worse than 2007 when I went into respiratory arrest because for the first time, I went to a dark place. I stopped BELIEVING. Staying healthy became a full-time job, leaving very little time for enjoying life, and I truly began to lose hope.
However, my shift in attitude finally came when I realized how much I have to be grateful for…When I was five, my Mom was told that I would not live to be seven years old, and this year I am celebrating my 50th birthday.”

On August 15th, on a breathing machine in an ICU room at the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Leslie celebrated her 50th birthday smiling and thanking her family and friends for being there. Although it didn’t take long for her to realize that she wasn’t going to live another year, Leslie never stopped being grateful for all the love in her life. Even when she could no longer speak, she never stopped appreciating, loving and being thankful for all those who loved her, helped her, and nursed her.
An Attitude of Gratitude is about thanking God for all that your family and friends have done for you by paying it forward. Leslie’s entire adult life was about thanking God for all that her family, doctors and friends had done for her by adding action from a grateful heart to her prayers and paying it forward. In order to do that she created the Caring Friends Team, who over a period of ten years, raised almost half a million dollars for a cure. Although she wasn’t fortunate enough to experience the cure herself, she made it possible for thousands of children to be able to breathe effortlessly and be free from that debilitating disease.
An Attitude of Gratitude is about voicing your thankfulness to your thankful spirit and saying ”Thank You” by paying it forward. Leslie relived each joy and happy moment in her life and then paid it forward by giving joy whenever she could. Thus, rather than feeling sad because her physical presence is no longer in my life, once I’m getting through this grieving process by focusing on the love, joy and friendship that filled my world for the past 50 years and paying it forward by sharing that love with you and all those who touch my life.
Charles Fillmore the co-founder of Unity says, “Words of gratitude are quickly identified with the words that provoke them because gratitude creates expectancy, and though we may not always get what we want, we always get what we expect.” It is easy to get discouraged and refuse to be grateful when things look bad. Whether it is the loss of a precious daughter, spouse, partner, mother, father, sibling, friend, business, job or home, an Attitude of Gratitude means that we keep on seeing everything that happens as good, regardless of how awful or scary it may seem at the time. Doing that creates expectancy. We don’t always get what we want, but we do get what we expect, which is why Meister Eckhart said, “If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is Thank You, that would suffice.”

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Rev. Julia