I’ve noticed lately that when I focus on gratitude, I find more and more things for which to be thankful. Trying to describe one thing, others distract me, and I don’t want to leave anything out. For example, this morning walking in the rain I was so grateful for the moderate temperature, the rain, my well fitting shoes, the breeze (not too strong) and a neighbor who always says hello, and on and on and on. I began to feel like a broken record. With so many things for which to be grateful, I have trouble focusing on individual things. If I started to list all the things—just today—I give thanks for, I’d have to write all day. I see people in wheelchairs, or bedridden in nursing homes, unable even to dress themselves, and I think, “Wow! How come I’m so blessed?” All of the senses cause me to reflect and give thanks.

Helen Keller, lacking two very important senses still gave thanks for those she had. Amazing! And inspiring. She said, “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” And, “So long as the memory of certain beloved friends live in my heart I shall say that life is good.”

I can tell that this month’s effort to focus on giving thanks is taking root and growing like a vicious, or should I say, benevolent, circle. That’s a good thing, isn’t it?



About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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