Many friends, relatives, and blogger friends I know have been practicing or writing gratitude the last month. I have so loved reading (or hearing about) this practice because the descriptions are usually rich with detail; sometimes humorous, often serious, and they contain a quiet humility which I admire. So, right now I want to thank you all for your writings and your observations of the minutia — the emotional gifts you receive and the external as well. I learn so much through your different ways of seeing, and often find myself nodding my head thinking – “Yes, I so get that.”
Gratitude is a dual concept for me. I think we all struggle with taking the good in our lives for granted – the little things as so many of you have pointed out – which truly make us rich. Yet when we are living with these gifts we tend to forget how precious they are. A hot shower, a hot bowl of soup, a good friend’s health, a mother’s recovery, a niece’s (and nephew’s) road to happiness, my husband’s love, a son’s valued education, another son’s artistic ability; these are all things (and so many others) I carry in my heart each day but sometimes forget to stop and acknowledge them in prayer or just with a quiet moment of holding the gifts up and saying: this is good – thank you.
It is rather a delicate dance of living the gift of not worrying….. and being grateful.
Winter is coming and a full supply of wood is in the shed for my friends. Life can mean living gratitude moment by moment; spark to fire.
I am simply thankful that we often have beautiful places to wander and recharge the soul’s batteries.
The sun’s rising and setting sustains us all, no matter where or who we are.
And I am grateful for all of you, known and unknown. A good percentage of my readership are folks I do not know, or have not even a clue of who you might be. In January I will have been blogging for two years. I am nearing my 1,000th post and I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have you visiting my site, whether or not you leave a comment does not matter. I want to express only… thank you. From all of us here – have a very, happy Thanksgiving.