GRATITUDE WEEK 2017- SATURDAY

 

I am participating in Gratitude Week 2017 which is hosted by the very lovely Michelle at Michellegd.com.  It is for one week and open to anyone.

Today and I am grateful to have the opportunity to practice gratitude and become more mindful thanks to the very special prompts provided by Michelle.  So what follows is today’s prompt from Michelle.  I am sharing it with you because I believe in the concept of paying it forward.

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One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.
~Chinese Proverb~

I believe in collective effort; I believe in community. I believe that our gathering together for this special Gratitude Week carries a certain weight in the world. Most people on the face of this earth, let alone our immediate communities, will not know that we’ve been paying special attention to gratitude this week. But we know it. And, as we practice it, it will ripple into the world.

Gratitude has a way of softening the edges. It doesn’t take away the stressful commute or the chronic pain, but it opens our eyes wide to the fullness of the life we live. And when we, as individuals, begin to see this and know this and embrace this, it colors the way we move in the world. We will still stumble and make mistakes, but we will dust ourselves off and carry on with our work. The work of the office, the work of the house, the work of the heart. We will be the best people that we can be. And we will touch the lives of others.

We will be the ones remembering to say please and thank you. We will be the ones bringing in the mail for the elderly neighbor. We will be the ones holding the door. We will be the ones picking up trash at the park. We will be the ones donating time, money, skill. We will be the ones making home.

We will be the ones noticing the light falling across the floor. We will be the ones making someone smile. We will be the ones admiring the flowers. We will be the ones giving one more hug.

Those around us will see our practice. Some of them will follow suit. Others might not be quite ready, and that’s okay. But, in being our best (and most grateful) selves, we invite others to do the same. We needn’t say a word; we simply lead by example.

Children will see. Spouses will see. Aging parents and neighbors and co-workers and store clerks will see. We begin a practice of gratitude for ourselves, as a way to stay grounded and thankful. But, like the ripples of water that spread from the toss of a pebble, our gratitude also spreads. Our personal gratitudes rest in our hearts (remember Thursday’s reflection?), but they have a way of moving beyond ourselves.

Gratitude is never stagnant. It grows, it blooms. It gives shade to those who need it. It lies within, but it flourishes without. Plant your seeds of gratitude. A little here, a little there. Watch the shade spread; watch the rippled rings expand. First, begin where you are.

always the love, m

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Here’s how you can play along in community:

1. Share your gratitudes with #GratitudeWeek2017 on Instagram.
2. Leave a comment on my Gratitude Week blog post and/or link to your own blog post. You can share in my post any or all days.
3. Send me an email…I love them, I read them, I respond to them.
4. Reflect privately at home.

As is true for so much of the work I do, there are no rules. Move through this week in the way that feels best for you. There are no expectations; there is just you and me and we. Here we are together for seven days.

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GRATITUDE WEEK 2017- FRIDAY

 

I am participating in Gratitude Week 2017 which is hosted by the very lovely Michelle at Michellegd.com.  It is for one week and open to anyone.

Next Goldilocks went upstairs, where she found three beds. There was a great big bed, a middle-sized bed and a tiny little bed. By now she was feeling rather tired. so she climbed into the big bed and lay down. The big bed was very hard and far too big. Then she tried the middle-sized bed, but that was far too soft. so she climbed into the tiny little bed. It was neither too hard nor too soft. In fact, it felt just right, all cosy and warm. and in no tine at all Goldilocks fell fast asleep.

Today’s gratitude post may seem a little silly.  But when I woke up this first very cold day of the season, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the luxury of my bed.  I had a few moments of wonderful meditation as I noted the comfy down pillow covered in whisper soft fabric that cooled my cheek, the cuddly quilt that was keeping my body toasty warm as I listened to the cold wind whip around outside, and the splendor of having a mattress that is “just right”.

GRATITUDE WEEK 2017 – THURSDAY

I am participating in Gratitude Week 2017 which is hosted by the very lovely Michelle at Michellegd.com.  It is for one week and open to anyone.

One of the things in my life I am so consistently grateful for is bearing witness to the change in seasons.  I have been graced to live in Haddonfield for 39 years and there has been no finer place on the planet to watch this beauty unfold.

I took this picture last week.  I was struck by the contrast of the unseasonal warm weather and the stark November landscape. If the weatherman is right about this week, you better go looking for that sweater.

And I stumbled upon this poem awhile ago and I think it is perfect for this month.

The Birds

BY LINDA PASTAN

are heading south, pulled
by a compass in the genes.
They are not fooled
by this odd November summer,
though we stand in our doorways
wearing cotton dresses.
We are watching them
as they swoop and gather—
the shadow of wings
falls over the heart.
When they rustle among
the empty branches, the trees
must think their lost leaves
have come back.
The birds are heading south,
instinct is the oldest story.
They fly over their doubles,
the mute weathervanes,
teaching all of us
with their tailfeathers
the true north.

GRATITUDE WEEK 2017- WEDNESDAY

 

I am participating in Gratitude Week 2017 which is hosted by the very lovely Michelle at Michellegd.com.  It is for one week and open to anyone.

This was Michelle’s prompt this morning:

When I count my blessings, I count you twice.
~Irish Traditional Proverb~

I think every grandmother counts her grandchildren as a very rare and special blessing in her life.  Grandchildren are the jewels in the crown of  a loving family.

But, I am especially grateful today for my grandson, Lucas.  Yesterday afternoon found me welcoming sadness back into my life.  I had received news about the health of a very loved friend and that news left me emotionally devastated.

But a little bit later, the phone rang and it was Lucas.  I had sent Lucas the latest installment of the Wimpy Kid series and he was over the moon excited to receive it.  He couldn’t wait to dive into it and start reading. He laughed his magical laugh and described in detail how funny the illustration was on the back cover.   I couldn’t help but smile and get caught up his enthusiasm and to be so very grateful to share a love of reading with my grandchild.


GRATITUDE WEEK 2017- MONDAY

 

I am participating in Gratitude Week 2017 which is hosted by the very lovely Michelle at Michellegd.com.  It is for one week and open to anyone.

Today, I am reflecting on how thankful I am to have visited so many beautiful places.

When you look at life through the eyes of gratitude, the world becomes a magical place.  Sharing some of this magic with you this morning.

GRATITUDE WEEK 2017- SUNDAY

I am participating in Gratitude Week 2017 which is hosted by the very lovely Michelle at Michellegd.com.  It is for one week and open to anyone.

Today and I am grateful to have the opportunity to practice and play golf in such a beautiful environment with the love of my life and special friends.

52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 49

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

My life for the past month has been filled with a deep grief which mounts in size everyday.  I have reached a point where writing has become a task instead of a pleasure.  So for now, I am taking a hiatus from my blog.  I feel very sad that I am stopping this challenge three weeks short of accomplishment.  But I am thankful for the wonderful people who have joined me on this journey and for you thoughtful readers and your comments. 

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 48

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

Last week my son, Steve, came to visit.  Life hasn’t been easy for Steve.  He has had to wrestle with many demons and live with the consequences of losing many of those wrestling matches.  But through it all he has somehow managed to keep his magical sweet personality and loving attitude toward his family and life in general.  I am thankful that Steve keeps on fighting the good fight and I am thankful that Steve is my son.

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 47

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

Mother’s Day is a holiday I usually like to have over as soon as possible.  It has seemed to me for many years that the day was too emotionally charged.  But this Mother’s day I just enjoyed.  It was calm and filled with small and beautiful surprises.  I had time to enjoy my family and also to do one of my favorite things to do this time of the year – make strawberry jam.

I did my Snoopy dance of celebration and I was thankful for everything that goes into a PERFECT ordinary day.

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 46

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

On May 6 of this year Dom and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary.  I am thankful for very many things in my life but the one thing I am most thankful for is having shared so much of my life with Dom.

What follows is a post I wrote two years ago about Dom and the words are as true today as they have ever been.

On May 6 of this year Dom and I celebrated 43 years of marriage with no time off for bad behavior.

Like most long term relationships, our marriage has grown like an epic novel with many chapters that have chronicled happiness and heartbreak. Somehow, at the conclusion of every chapter, we have always been able to come together and stay together.  And, gentle reader, I don’t know how we have done it.  So, don’t ask for the secret of how we arrived at this huge number of years still together.

Sometimes Dom will ask why I married him.  This usually occurs when I am finding fault with something.  And the answer is, besides his many, many, wonderful characteristics, he makes me laugh.

Well, maybe I do have a piece of advise.  Marry a man who makes you laugh so hard that you are afraid that you will….( I will let you fill in the blank).

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