Prince Snow Farm

10.06.2015

Gratitude Day 1b



{Please join me every day in October as I allow nature to be my daily guide and inspiration. A single snapshot paired with a powerful word, become the catalyst for thought and reflection.}

*I had written this to go with my gratitude post, and then I didn't know if I'd have time to really write with my quotes,but I was thinking you all wouldn't mind if I posted as a little extra.




{Gratitude}

When I was growing up I thought gratitude was about using your manners. My parents raised five VERY polite kids in the 1970's. But what I thought was gratitude was actually respect. It wasn't until the 1990's, when Oprah Winfrey introduced The Gratitude Journal, that I truly understood the concept of gratitude. I was finally able to express and honor who and what I was thankful for.  That same year, my entire 6th grade class kept gratitude journals. We wrote in them on Fridays and shared with one another. It was touching beyond words to watch the transformation of a group of eleven year olds,  first starting out thankful for candy, video games and puppies, then slowly morphing and progressing with their concept of "grateful". Their thoughts became more abstract, and showed a deeper meaning for nature and the world around them.

Gratitude is so much more than saying thank you.  It’s about relationships and attitude. It’s about doing for others and allowing others to do for you. Gratitude is that feeling you get when the unexpected happens…a hug from your child after a long day at work, a cup of coffee waiting on your desk, a smile when your mind is a million miles away, a scent that brings you back to childhood, a summer rain that soaks your garden and makes the birds twitter. Gratitude is the ordinary and the extraordinary. It’s nothing and everything. It is thought provoking and pensive. Gratitude allows us to dig deep or skim the surface.

And for that...I am grateful.

8 comments:

  1. Oh thank you for more words.

    To me, just a picture, even if it is lovely, and has a nice thought written on it, is not a post.

    Just me! Just me! I know, just me.

    But anyway, thank you.

    Gentle hugs,
    Tessa

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  2. So beautiful! Gratitude journaling has been life changing for me as well. I LOVE your blog design. I usual read your posts via feedly so I don't see the webpage view. Did you design it yourself?

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    1. Thanks elizabeth! I did design it.I bought couple of watercolors by PDF from a very talented artist on Etsy. I combined them and the wording on Picmonkey.

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  3. Im so grateful to have YOU in my llife, and call you friend.
    xoxo

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