Happy Thanksgiving!

For your Monday inspiration, a bit of soft light through the petals of a mum.  The golden glow of this flower against the gray, cold winds of November just warms my heart, as I hope it will yours, too.

We all have so much to be grateful for, blessings to numerous to really count.  I find that the simpler the blessing, the more it means.  Simpler?  Maybe basic is the word. Basic activities, basic material things that support life, basic good values that help us get on in this life.  

You won’t find me in the shopping malls this week. I’ll go out of my way to avoid them.  And I may not be online much either because I have learned that there are really more important things.  Things like spending time with those I love, having good conversations, sharing a meal, reading a book, holding hands with my hubby and going for a walk.  We’ll celebrate our good health, good friends, and basic things like shelter, clothing, food, which is a great way to remember that we really do have enough.

I wish the same for you!  May your days this week be filled with goodness, with peace, and a chance to reflect on life’s richest blessings.  

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

simple gesture

Mark and I go on lots of walks in the woods, whether it be at a city park or at a destination away from town.  Ever since we first met this has been a part of “us”, just walking together, listening to the birds, feeling the breeze, enjoying time away, and often sharing wonderful conversation.  For both of us this seems to be the best way for us to find peace. Last Saturday we had the opportunity do share a walk again.

Many times on our walks we look at totally different things.  I’ll notice trees, sunlight coming through the leaves, the overall scene that we may find ourselves in.  And it’s not that Mark doesn’t notice those things, but he is always looking for a change in patterns.  I can not begin to tell you how many four leaf clovers he has found and handed to me, just like this image shows, on our walks together.  How it usually comes about is that we’ll be walking along when suddenly I see him stopping to pick up something. Next thing I know he is handing me these little treasures.  How can I resist?

Yes, I know, it’s just a little thing, but it means a lot. Those of you who know us personally will know that this is so typical of my husband. He is a very giving person.  He quietly goes about his life helping others, no matter who or when, often above and beyond what anyone would expect.  This quiet example of his has impacted me in so many ways.  

This simple gesture, sharing a little gift that he found on our walk, reminds me of just how richly blessed I really am to be married to this guy.

Receiving

Refreshing rain this morning.
Nourishing. 
Replenishing.
Sustaining. 
Life giving.

Through an open window this morning I reached with my lens to capture that rain.
My feeble attempt included looking at drops on the pavement and in puddles.

But the one that speaks to my heart the most is this, because there is an open, receiving gesture here. Grateful acceptance of what comes.  

I think there is a powerful lesson in that.

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