To Be Grateful

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Photo by TJ Parker

It’s Thanksgiving.  I’m thankful, and grateful, for so many things… the people in my life who I love and who love me, the warmth of the sun on a cold day, cuddles with the pups, a cup of hot coffee with just the right amount of half and half, a good story, the birds at the feeders, a song that moves me, the coziness of our house, the smiles on the grandkids faces and their amazing laughter, the moment I “see” the perfect photograph, long walks in lovely parks, the wind in the trees, forgiveness given and received, the taste of chocolate, a comfy pair of socks, and my wondrous relationship with my honey that never, even after all this time, ceases to amaze and delight me.

There are things in life to be grateful and thankful for every day.  Every moment of every day.  We just have to look around, we have to see them.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.

~ John Milton

Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.

~ Wayne Dyer

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.

~ Brene Brown

For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.

~ Elie Wiesel

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.

~ Eckhart Tolle

The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.

Michael Josephson

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.

~ A.A. Milne 

I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I’m going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice.

~ Mike Ericksen

They both seemed to understand that describing it was beyond their powers, the gratitude that spreads through your body when a burden gets lifted, and the sense of homecoming that follows, when you suddenly remember what it feels like to be yourself.

~ Tom Perrotta

This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.

~ Maya Angelou

 

Daily Ray

Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

~ George Eliot

Photo by Rich Miller | Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

 

Alaska Tundra Color in the Fall

But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.

~ William Shakespeare 

Photo by Alice Cahill | A pair of red-throated loon, Alaska 


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May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

~ Nelson Mandela

Photo by Robert Armstrong | Twin Lakes, Westmoreland County, Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Dawn on Twin Lakes

It hides you from the world and the world from you. You feel that everything has changed, and nothing is what it seemed to be.

~ Eugene O’Neill

Photo by Alexander S. Kunzwww.alex-kunz.com | Laguna Mountains, San Diego County, California

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Daily Ray of Hope

The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.

~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

Photo by Stephen J. Tierneystephenjtierney.zenfolio.com | Palm Beach, Florida

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If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.

~ Fred Rogers

Photo by Anita Ritenour | Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, Santa Barbara, California

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