"...IF YOU FOLLOW YOUR BLISS, DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU THAT WOULDN'T HAVE OPENED FOR ANYONE ELSE." - Joseph Campbell

"SOMETIMES ON THE WAY TO YOUR DREAM, YOU GET LOST AND FIND A BETTER ONE." - Unknown (as seen on River's blog, "Drifting Through Life")

"IT IS POSSIBLE AT ANY AGE TO DISCOVER A LIFELONG DESIRE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD." - Robert Brault


"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHO YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN." - George Eliot

"WE DID NOT CHANGE AS WE GREW OLDER. WE JUST BECAME MORE CLEARLY OURSELVES." - Lynn Hall

"GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS! LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGED." - Henry David Thoreau



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

*A Grand, Grateful Day*

First of all, I am overwhelmed by the number of comments and new followers I've received since posting my new contest! Thank you all so much. It really means a lot to me that people enjoy visiting my blog. I am truly grateful for that. Welcome new followers: Krysten, Together We Save, Ann, Donnie, Becky, Tammy, Thmini2 and Cheri!

Today was another near perfect autumn day. Blue skies, few white clouds, light winds, very warm temperatures. Fortunately, I was able to be outside for a little while and soak up some of the bliss. For that I am also grateful.

I saw a few writer-friends today, and although it was way too brief, they still brought smiles to my face. For that I am grateful.

A very dear friend stopped by my house this evening, and again even though she could only stay a minute, we shared smiles and laughs together. For that I am grateful.

A check arrived in the mail today! It's my payment for the Thin Threads story. (the book is due out later this month.) I am sharing the money with Tara, who actually lived the story. All I did was write it, after getting together with her a few times, and taking LOTS of notes. She and I have become friends and I admire her greatly. We'll both be attending the "Habitat for Humanity, Celebration of Trees" event this Thursday evening. I am grateful for meeting her and our resulting friendship.

One more "grateful" thought. Yesterday, while walking through my neighborhood, it occurred to me how fortunate I am to live in a country, in a town, in a neighborhood, where it is safe to take a leisurely walk during the day or night. I know this. I try to always remember this. But how many others do not? Isn't there always something to gripe and complain about? Some people just cannot see the goodness right in front of them. And something else I think about SO often.....Why am I here, in this particular place...when millions of others suffer and live in such horrendous conditions? Those are some questions which I might never receive an answer, but they help me to remember to always strive to feel very fortunate and grateful.


"Grateful"

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." -- Denis Waitley

16 comments:

  1. Thank you, Becky. I believe being grateful is the only way to go. It really can revitalize one's thinking. Thanks for sharing and I am grateful to have the opportunity to get to know you better in the days to come.

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  2. I agree we have so much to be grateful for. When I hear about what is happening to girls and women who are born in the Congo...when I hear about the treatment of women in Iraq and Afghanistan...when I hear of how female babies were considered "dispensible" simply because they weren't boys...I wonder what my life would be like if I had been born in a different place and/or a different time. There but for the grace of God...

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  3. Wow, this is beautiful darling!
    I'm so happy that you have so many/*you know* you have so many things to be grateful for :)
    Life gets it the way of dreams and hopes sometimes, but we always have things to be grateful for; even if they may seem small at some point, they're really not small at all.

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  4. Becky,
    We are blessed, aren't we? Thanks for the reminder.

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  5. Hi Becky,

    You said it so well. An attitude of gratitude really helps our outlook, doesn't it?

    Really, even the fact that we have the time to be creative, write and work on blogs is certainly a gift.

    Have a wonderful and blessed day,

    Kathy

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  6. Gratitude has great power I think. It creates more of what you are grateful for. So may your gratitude expand immenesely.

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  7. Great post, Becky! Thanks for the reminder. There is much to be grateful for every day.

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  8. I often wonder the same thing, Becky...

    It puzzles me, but I am grateful!

    =)

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  9. This is a most wonderful post, Becky. Will keep it in my heart. xxxx

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  10. Wonderful things to be thankful for.

    And I'm rejoicing with you about the check for the story!!! What a thrill, huh? To be paid for doing something you enjoy doing!!!

    Hugs to you,
    Patti

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  11. I LOVE your quote!! Sometimes people like that are very draining aren't they? We are all very, very blessed!

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  12. It is wonderful to hear your grateful day. sandie

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  13. Thank your for this post. It has made me take a moment and think of how grateful I am for my life!

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  14. Nice post, Becky. Today is gorgeous here, too, and I feel so lucky to be alive. Susan

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  15. What a sweet and wonderful post, Becky. Yes, we do have so, so much to be grateful for. I often wonder, too, how I happened to be so fortunate as to be where I am compared to how sad the lives of so many others are. It really amazes me sometimes.

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  16. Congratulations on your story! You are definitely a class act, Miss Becky.

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