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You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion and ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach~

Apples are ripening on the tree in the yard. The mornings are cooler. September waits behind the last of the Sweet Williams, peeking into the last of summer’s long days. I am grateful for the coming change.

I’ve pulled this morning close to me, gently placing it my heart. Take the day off. Leave space for God to work in you and through you. Set aside the worry and the angst that you carry as if they were must-have fashion accessories. Take this day to be grateful. This is what I tell myself as I sit tapping the keys on my computer, sitting on the deck and drinking tea.

Jeter, faithful lab is next to my chair. His nose and ears don’t stop moving as he takes in the day. I love that dog. He reminds me not just to be happy, but to be joyful. Grateful for you, buddy. Just saying his name aloud makes him wag.

Dean stretches out on the bed, a day away from the demands and challenges of his work, a day of which he asks nothing except a walk. “Let’s hike up Park,” he says. I am grateful for all of the hiking trails that surround our little valley. Grateful for strong legs and a good heart. Grateful that I walk so much at my age.

There is food in the fridge and in the cupboards. I’m grateful that there is no worry, no insecurity about that, knowing that people in this country, children go hungry every day. I’m grateful for our Ashland Food Bank and that we can contribute and help.

On Friday I did laundry, so my clothes are washed and clean, folded and put away. I am so grateful for clean clothes and clean towels, clean sheets.

I posted the Sarah Ban Breathnach quote on Facebook this morning and a friend from Canada shared it with her friends, translating it first into French. I am grateful for technology that this woman who is so many miles away, read something that inspired me and she was inspired too and the message got shared. What a marvel.

I’m taking a break today. My only tasks are to be grateful and to hike with my husband and my dog. Gratitude fills me. It is a practice that soothes me. It is a path that assures me that there is in this universe, an unfathomable love just waiting for us to surrender. The things that I am grateful for are too many for a list. I think I’ll just rest in the satiation of the practice. May the arms of gratitude surround you.

What are you grateful for today?


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26 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. Mr Midnight says he is grateful that he may live a life full or freedom. Sir Winston adds that he is grateful that he is part of a loving family and I am grateful that in general, I may do as I wish and that I am healthy – feeling the abundance the universe has to offer. 🙂 In fact we wrote a post a while back entitled “A Cattitude of Gratitude” which we feel reflects a lot of your writing. Thanks for posting. 🙂

  2. Hello…thanks for this. I’m grateful that I’ve got the next “word” of guidance as to how to proceed…in my blog, in my life. I’m “Watching for God” — to chronicle my days with Him…sometimes days of frustration, but always, always eventually gratitude.

  3. Hi Stephanie
    You have inspired me to think outside this tired mind of mine, which took another blow this week with news I didn’t want to hear. Yet my spirit and will to face another battle hasn’t waned and for that I am extremely Grateful.
    I am glad I popped in for a visit again because I feel better for it and reminded we must be grateful just for life alone.
    Hugs from across the miles and have a grateful day
    Annie in Australia 🌞 🌴 🌊

  4. I am grateful for too many things to list here, but you have inspired me to post a similar entry! Thanks for the follow. I am grateful that it led me to your blog. <3

    1. Thanks Nancy. I think we can all benefit from being reminded what we have to be grateful for. I am looking forward to reading your post about gratitude! Big cyber hugs coming your way.

  5. I am grateful for a relaxing Sunday with my hubby and furbaby. And so grateful for this cooler weather on our walks. Enjoyed your post. Take care!

  6. My favorite part – being grateful for having clean clothes, towels and sheets to fold and put away. When I have a pile of clothes to fold and put away, instead of grumbling about performing the chore, I will remind myself that having clean clothes to wear and keep is a privilege denied of so many. Your post is a great lesson about being grateful for simple blessings.

  7. I am grateful for my children, specially my first born he given such joy to his mother. I have 3 children. You read or heard about the 3 representatives in the family?
    I mean each one of my children represents a distinctive role:
    The Hero -My first born is the hero(he takes and took charge of everything in a very early age.
    The Clown- My Middle one the playful clown ( nothing is ever too serious)
    The Escape Goat- my baby girl. She was presented to me. We adopted her at 3 months of age. We had rough patches awhile she was entering her late adolescence-teen years today is and I are in place that we can be buddy-not parent and child.

    I am grateful for my first husband- he gave me his name, his country, his culture and made me welcome and accepted.
    I am grateful to be in USA, to be given the great opportunity to become a citizen given to me by my first husband, his accepting family and the Judge that swore me in back in August 1986.

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