gratitude

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(e.e.cummings)

i’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude lately.  about how precious every little thing actually is — and by “thing,” i don’t just mean material things, i mean people, too.  of course, people.  nothing warms my heart more than being surrounded by the people i love.  nothing.

life is busy and messy and in the midst of all it’s glorious messiness, it’s easy to forget to be grateful.  it’s easy to be pulled into one ridiculous drama after another only to realize that countless moments have been wasted, consumed by things like fear and anxiety and anger and jealousy.

i’ve been hearing whispers of gratitude for a while now, and here’s what i’m starting to do:  when i feel pulled by something out of my control, i start to think of things i’m thankful for — laughter, the smell after a spring rain, hugs from mom, storytelling sessions, coffee with cream, shared music, the full moon — and pretty soon, everything else quiets and i’m grounded again.  things fall back into perspective and i can carry on with my day, free and unencumbered.  it’s lovely.

i’m quickly realizing that, like grains of sand, there aren’t enough numbers to account for all of my gratitude.

i am a lucky girl, indeed.


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