Thursday, November 17, 2016

Filled With Gratitude

 by Cathy

The day begins.

I hear the birds sweetly singing their morning songs . . . I smile.
I work through my morning routine of breakfast, bathing, and dressing . . . I smile.
I read inspiring words, write, and play the piano . . . I smile.
I go for a walk my feet keeping a steady beat on the crunchy leaves . . . I smile.
I have chores to do. I hear the rhythm of the washing machine . . . I smile.
The clock strikes noon. I eat a chicken salad sandwich with craisens, pecans, and apple pieces . . . I smile.
I read a few blogs, check to see what’s happening on Facebook and look at friends’ pictures on Flickr . . . I smile.
I prepare our evening meal . . . I smile
My husband arrives home from work . . . I smile.
I head to bed . . . I smile.

Why do I smile?
Because when I look at my life with open eyes, I see much to be grateful for.

  • the ability to hear
  • scented soap and cinnamon toothpaste
  • piano lessons as a child
  • sun rays streaming through the trees
  • a washer that does the work for me
  • a shared recipe
  • online friends who inspire, especially the ones here at FOL
  • an abundance of tasty food
  • love
  • crisp sheets and cozy quilts

I have become happy, hopeful, and content because my heart overflows with gratitude.

“The eyes of my eyes are opened.”
~ E. E. Cummings

I wish each of you a peaceful Thanksgiving season.


Sandra said...

So many reasons to smile, Cathy! Beautiful images to brighten my day as we are under low, light grey clouds here!

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Lisa Comperry said...

So nice to be able to enjoy life's small pleasures..I love holding my new granddaughter, beautiful sunrises, scented candles/soaps, plain lattes, time with my friends, family long walks in crisp fall or winter weather...I pray for those people who DON'T have time to call their own, to breathe or notice the beauty around them...

Dotti said...

As I read this post this morning, the sun was just rising through the trees across the street. It's going to be a beautiful day and as I go about today's appointed tasks, I'll remember this post . . . and smile.

Happy Thanksgiving, Cathy!
(I can't believe it's just a week from today!)

terriporter said...

Looking for the good things in our lives, both the big things and t he small, is what keeps us happy and smiling. So glad you found so many good things to be grateful for! Hope your Thanksgiving is lovely.

kelly said...

cathy your photos and words are so comforting and inspiring as usual. thank you for bringing such peace to this space and my heart today.

Sarah Huizenga said...

Sounds like a lovely day all the way around. So much to be thankful for when we take the time to truly see it.

AFishGirl said...

You have brightened my day, Cathy. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Yes, so many things, large and small, to be grateful for. Your photos are beautiful, as are you, my friend.

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