Monday, June 23, 2008

Nothing and Everything by Angie Ledbetter

Coming up with gratitude items a couple of times a week isn't always easy...not that I don't have plenty for which to be thankful, but trying to think up a different thing each time takes a bit of work. There are the trite things I don't want to write about; those that everyone is grateful for, such as the freedom we enjoy in this country, our rights, the many material things we take for granted, healthy relationships, friends, etc. Then there are the life events that are hard to find a "silver lining" in.
So just for today, I'm going to breath in and enjoy every normal and everyday thing that comes my way. I'm going to take note of them, name them, and say a quick prayer of thanks because these items (good and plentiful food, family, a nice day, a working vehicle, my cell phone, shoes that feel good on my big feet, a reliable Internet connection, my 16-year-old Boston Terrier, my home) are "nothing" on the big scale of things, but everything in life.

Take stock of your everyday list of blessings, things that make you grateful, luxuries, rights, etc. and you will see a large expanse of goodness filling your life. Then when the inevitable poop hits the fan, it won't matter as much or seem like such a big deal. Yes, today is good and most days are good. I gather my daily small and large gifts around me like a warm angora blanket on the coldest of days. I hope you find such pleasure and happiness in the things that fill your life. In the end, they are everything!


Kathryn Magendie said...

Yes, here's to those "little things" !

Barbara Quinn said...

As we reach the mid-point in the year of gratitude I'm really starting to scramble for different ways to talk aobut being grateful! Nicely done.

Anonymous said...

This is what gets us country folk through the day. The little things make life worth living. The big things (births, graduation, marriage) just prep us for the stuff that counts.
Love to all,

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