It has been so encouraging to me to read the words of gratitude this month.
And it is heart warming to know that so many have made it a goal to do this regularly.
I have a few of my journal pages to share with you from earlier in the week.
Friday I wrote that my cup really overflows. Not just my coffee cup, although that is what I drew. I was enjoying a good cup of tea, thinking of how many times I have enjoyed tea with friends, coffee with my Dad and others. I imagined the words “thank you” rising up with the steam.
My blog is officially a year old as of this week! Plus we helped a dear friend celebrate 91 years of living on Saturday evening, so milestones and celebrations were on my mind. As you can see, that little blue bird is back, and she is questioning why my cupcakes aren’t sitting on anything. But as my friend Julia said, this journal is not about “good”, it’s about listening to my heart and creating what comes. Little birdie is just going to have to get over it!
Sunday. I listened to a young mom tell a story that happened a long time ago in her life, and I was mindful that sometimes we have to put those stories behind us. It’s time to turn a new page and look at this moment, celebrating the good rather than dwelling on past hurts. I became very aware of my own stories that I have perpetuated. How grateful I am that in this moment, a new story has begun.
That theme of abundance comes up a lot this month. When others have so little, or have lost all that they have, how can we Not share from the surplus we all hold on to? I’m very thankful that we have been blessed with everything we need, and that we can share it. Little blue birdie is telling me that her nest is crowded….
One day this week it was pouring down rain as I drove to work. At a stop light I noticed a city worker trying to unclog a storm drain, and the passing traffic splashed him with so much rain water he had to back way up and wait a while. What a thankless job, I thought. That image stayed with me all day long, which is why my journal talks about people who work in different ways to provide our food, to keep us safe, to keep our streets clean and keep rain water from over flowing every street corner. Where would we be without that garbage man?
I trust that you all have had (or maybe are still having) a wonderful Thanksgiving. We have been able to celebrate the holiday with my parents, which is something we always treasure.
Enjoy your weekend!