Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sens of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Thanksgiving is the season of simple joys.....days just made for recognizing the treasures in the ordinary. It seems I need some occasional reminding about remembering just that. About looking around me and counting the many blessings that fill my days. About remembering just how full this life is...and how grateful I am to be living it. About remembering to look at the vibrant colors that decorate my world (planted on hands and knees together, one short year ago) instead of moaning about the snow that will soon fly. I need some reminding about how good my old worn sweater feels in the cool of the evenings that start so much sooner...and how great it feels to stay just a few more minutes in the dark, frosty mornings, under the warmth of a quilt hand stitched by a grandmother long ago, listening to the soft, soothing snore of my best friend beside me.....instead of complaing about short days and winter coming. I need to read a few more books and spend a few minutes less on Facebook....light another candle and turn off an extra light....simmer another pot of soup and stop for fast food one less time.....write a friend a letter by hand and put down the Blackberry...meet a friend for coffee and get myself out in the world.....and find my way back to taking a picture..each and every day...of a simple joy that fills my life. Gratitude is an attitude...and it seems as if mine needs a big adjustment!