Gratitude

Something to wear besides a smile on your face.

Something simply to remind you of God’s mercy and grace.

Something to encourage you when your moods are low.

Something that will bring beauty to your soul.

Something small, something light.

Something to bring you a little joy and delight.

Something cheerful, something bright.

Something to put on in the day or night.

Something simple, something sweet.

Something not too fanciful but pretty neat.

Wear a pretty flower, it is a treat.

And proudly show it to those you meet!

This beautiful poem and gratitude ring are by a dear friend who enjoys getting creative when inspired.  The rings were made with love by her and her two little girls to serve as a daily reminder to be grateful for the little and big things in life.

I think these rings are such a lovely idea, and of course, I was touched that she had sweetly thought of me and sent me one.  The rings came at a time when it was difficult to practice thankfulness.  Yet, it was also during this time, that I was gently reminded that being grateful is a way of living.  We have to deliberately live a life of gratitude, in the same way that we choose to be happy.  It is about opening our hearts and minds to look out for and appreciate the good things that happen to us every day, even on the days that are stormy.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

– Melody Beattie

One of the reasons I continue to maintain this blog is because it forces me to intentionally look at my everyday life.  And to be thankful all the tiny pieces that make up its existence – the happy, the sad, the sweet, the salty and even the utterly mundane.  Nobody said it’s easy but if you want to embrace life, you’ve just gotta savour, relish and celebrate every single minute of it.

The smile on my face doesn’t mean my life is perfect.  It means I appreciate what I have and what God has blessed me with.

– Anonymous

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15 thoughts on “Gratitude”

  1. The thing about being grateful, is that you cannot be ungrateful at the same time. So many of us take little things for granted, not realizing the blessings that surround us daily. I think it is human nature. If we all had to go to a third world Nation and hold starving children, or stroll through St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and look at the smiling faces of those young cancer victims, we would all no doubt feel our blessings. Having no shoes is so much better than having no feet. 🙂 A little something to ponder, as you start your day. I hope yours is an absolutely wonderful day, too. 🙂 You are right about those sweet little rings, they are lovely, and a lovely gesture. You are indeed lucky to have friends that care.

    1. I couldn’t agree more. Being thankful for little things helps put things in perspective. We were having a tough time couple of weeks back but while waiting around in the hospital, we saw little children undergoing radiation. Both the kids and their parents were so positive and brave about it. We were humbled. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this 🙂

  2. What a beautiful ring! What a beautiful gesture from your friend! Isn’t it amazing that we are sent what we need right at the time when we need it most? Just think, by writing this post, you are passing that on to us. Maybe your post is the something that someone else needs, sent to them just when they need it the most.

    1. Her timing was wonderful, and of course, being in a friend’s thoughts were another thing for me to be grateful for 🙂 I sure hope this post helps someone. I sometimes forget to count my blessings, or there are days when whining seems so much easier. The ring was a wonderful reminder 🙂

    1. Thanks Judith! In practicing thankfulness, it helped smoothen the bumps. We looked for the little things to be grateful for despite the setback, and found solace in the bigger picture. I suppose it helped to put everything in perspective. Funny how things work 🙂

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