gratitude sunday

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gratitude — the state of being grateful : thankfulness

On this Gratitude Sunday, I am grateful for:

  • Finding this quote when I needed comfort, from one of my childhood heroes:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” — Fred Rogers

  • Enjoying a lovely Friday afternoon with my husband
  • Finding the perfect Christmas tree
  • Digging deep to find the strength to start again, and again
  • Hot cocoa on a clammy cold day
  • New music from Iris DeMent — I’ve waited YEARS, Iris, thank you
  • Allowing everyone to have their opinion, no matter how much I am disappointed by some
  • First responders, everywhere: we take for granted that they will come to save the day, and us.  And they almost always do
  • Payday!
  • Broccoli and cheddar omelettes
  • The arrival of my 2013 diary and desk calendar
  • Yarn sales
  • Remembering this poem by Mary Oliver:

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
       love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

 

What are you grateful for this week?

 

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