Monday, September 22, 2008

Passing Out the Gratitude by Angie Ledbetter

My heart expands when I take the time to think about what fills me with hope, joy and gratitude.

What are these things? You know them well, and I am pretty sure they are the same things that make you happy. If you are taking the time to read this Year of Gratitude blog, then you're probably the kind of person who cares about non-material, lasting stuff vs. transitory "treasures."

The heart-swelling items on my Eternal Gratitude List are *the true friends I am blessed to know and who so often uplift me, *family which has given me strong roots and right priorities, *my children and stepchildren, *neighbors who care about each other, *volunteers -- especially those who travel to storm torn states to restore wholeness, *public servants who never forget to serve, *good teachers and others who add caring and goodness to the lives of children, and *nice people in general who are not thanked enough for, well, their niceness. All of these people increase the world's love quotient. And we can never have enough of that!

Let's take a moment today to appreciate those who add positives to our lives, homes, communities, and planet. Most likely, they'll blush or turn down the thanks, but that's okay too. We'll still be adding more good energy and prayer power to the attitude ether.


Barbara Quinn said...

"Grat it" for sure. Thinking about others and being grateful for what we do have does have a way of redirecting our minds and bringing calm to the day. Thanking those we are grateful for, well, that adds a whole 'nother dimension.

Kathryn Magendie said...

I woke this morning and as I always do I looked outside, and the distant mountain view was breathtaking - okay, it always is, but this morning the mists were streaming across, filtering, transparent in places - lovely - I stopped, stared, then took a photo to later send to friends and family or to post....ahhhh....

Nice post to start a nice day.

Angie Ledbetter said...

You got dat right, Barb!

Glad you have your camera handy to document the beautiful "gifts" of scenery, Kat. Can't wait to see the shot.

Patresa Hartman said...

so so many people to thank. so many. i think that means my life is pretty full.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

A big amen to that!

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