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.