“Yes, I Am Thankful”

Yes, I am thankful!

Not because this is Thanksgiving in this very tiny part of the world.

In fact I do not single out one day of the year to be thankful. I choose instead to keep this day as any other, and be grateful as always for the many blessings that I continue to enjoy all year long!

I thought I would though, take a moment and acknowledge just a few of those people, and things that I am so very blessed with.

I am so very thankful to be alive! Do you realize how totally amazing that actually is? We are alive!

I am so grateful to have a wonderful family, a roof over my head, plenty of food  to eat, not just today, but all year long, warm clothes, and the freedom to pursue my dreams! Yes, my dreams! That is amazing also!

I want to thank all of you that have been my friends and supporters through all of these years. I may not know all of you in person, but you’ve made a difference in my life, yes you have!  I count you among my friends, and I hope that I have made even just a tiny bit of difference in your lives too!

I am thankful to be put on this earth at this time, the time that was meant for me to be here. Even with all of the problems facing us as a human race  today, we still have more opportunities for personal growth, the ability to enjoy better health, we are able to make more choices for our lives, and most of all we have the ability to help others.

In helping others it can be something as little as a Smile given in charity to a stranger, kind words of encouragement given when someone is having a bad day, or donating time and money to a worthy cause. We can make a difference! We in this year 2014 and every year after, have the opportunity and responsibility to give of ourselves to help others. I am thankful for the ability to do that!

Here are just a few of my favorite quotes on being thankful and having gratitude. Enjoy!

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
These are but trifles, to be sure;
but, scattered along life’s pathway,
the good they do is inconceivable.

~Joseph Addison~

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~

The best and most beautiful things in this world
cannot be seen or even heard,
but must be felt with the heart.

~Helen Keller~

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation,
you will discover that your life will
suddenly be filled with gratitude,
a feeling that nurtures the soul.

~Rabbi Harold Kushner~

 

"In Red and Gold"
“In Red and Gold”

“Simple Garden Delights”

These are just a few of my simple garden delights.

This toadstool sprouted up one morning after quite a few days of rain and damp weather. I watched it grow from infancy to old age in a matter of four days. What a marvelous, yet simple thing to behold. Each day I eagerly waited to see what its next state of maturation would look like. All the time hoping no harm would befall it, and worrying that I might come out to find it crushed or destroyed.

"Toadstool"
“Toadstool”

On a late summer evening not long before sunset as I walked among the flowers, I made my way through the beds of roses and this lovely lady in pink gave me reason to stop enjoy her delicate scent and marvel at her wonders.

"Lady Pink"
“Lady Pink”

Early morning dew has a way of casting its magic across any landscape. In the grass, way down low, I lay quietly. I knew I would be covered with the wetness of the ground, but that didn’t matter. There was a whole world of dancing lights at my disposal. From near to far I watched as the sun rose higher until everything was golden and glistening! A tiny glorious moment in time, twinkling forever!

"Sparkling Morning Dew"
“Sparkling Morning Dew”

These small moments alone with nature are so important. They give us the much needed connection to something greater than ourselves. The time to simply watch and listen to the world around us. A few moments away from the rush of our lives, and the constant connection to technology that we are so immersed in.

What simple things delight you, make you curious? What do you enjoy in this wonderful natural world around us?

“Timeless Rose”

Timeless Rose I remember thee,
Velvet soft petals,
In folds so gently.

Ever swirling inward bound,
Lightly touching,
Without a sound.

Wrapping curving in endless ways,
Ever soothing,
Through all my days.

Timeless Rose as last light goes,
Days are numbered,
Yet no one knows.

Stay a while for now you see,
Forever loving,
Through Eternity.

~ Rachel Cohen ~

"Timeless Rose"
“Timeless Rose”

“Flowers and Stone”

Flowers and stone
Spring dreams

Tumbled boulders
Timeless past

Season’s renewal
Wildflowers sprout

Perhaps unnoticed
Perchance to be seen

I have noticed
I have climbed

Life ever changing
Reaching new heights

Flowers and stone
Of God’s Gifts
We do delight

by Rachel Cohen