“‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.”– Alice Walker
Today my gratitude is for the change in the weather. The reflectiveness of the fall season, where our city is bathed in leaves and cool air.
The coolness and sometimes chill of Fall make it easy to think. We move faster outdoors. We do things faster, to generate heat.
Fall is also suggestive of the beginning of holidays (holy-days) and gatherings. Ritual and tradition. Feasting and celebration.
Although, again, 2020 doesn’t look like last year, it still deserves celebration to note the passing of the year. Perhaps even more so.
This year has been challenging and for many of us, there have been losses.
No better reason to stop for a moment and raise a glass to the year of experience, good, bad, and massive growth. That’s how I am going to look at it.
2020 has been a year chock-full of experience. I am better for it. And now I truly understand how precious many things are that were put aside this year.
I’m thankful to be here to note these things. Thankful for decent health in my familial circle. Thankful for continued employment. All these things are good. Grateful.
My gratitude for today is for my four children. I had no idea I would ever be a parent, but I am grateful and thankful for this, the “toughest job you’ll ever love.”
Seeing them grow and think and become good, beautiful people is perhaps the best gift I have ever received in my life.
Yes, I am truly a Mama Bear. Always will be. And proud of it.
This morning we went for an early walk, the grass was iced over. The air was crisp. I thought about where I was feeling most grateful today. The answer came as my cheeks pinked up and breath came out in clouds of vapor.
What has been uplifting, soothing, calming, and energizing in my life? What has been playing in the background of some of my most memorable moments? Generally, music. I am grateful to those who create it, perform it, and teach it. I’m thankful I had the opportunity to read it, perform it, and teach it as well. It has its own energy. Music inspires. In fact, you could say no human truly teaches music. Rather, music is the teacher.
I have much more to say on this topic, but for now I’ll stop. With just one more question for you. What have been the soundtracks of your life?
I’ll be sharing some of mine soon.
But I’m truly grateful that there’s music in our world. That people sing, hum, play an instrument or beat a can with a wooden spoon. I’m grateful.
Every. Darn. Day.
The last several years I generally would spend the month of November posting a daily #thankful or #attitudeofgratitude post. I note that I haven’t felt very upbeat for awhile, and so I missed the first week of November.
Today, I will begin.
I am #thankful for those close to me, as they remind me that someone loves me, no matter what’s happening in the world. Also #grateful for people who are not afraid to speak their mind, even if they disagree. And if I disagree.
We can still love one another. Be blessed, all.