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random thoughts that land on gratitude.

Posted By on October 16, 2012 in I Lift My Eyes Up, Loved Ones, Thoughts and Feelings | 2 comments

It’s cold tonight.
Jacket weather.
Boot weather.
Alaskan Malamute weather.
I can imagine my parents’ large dogs have a little more wag in their tails these days because of it.
Heck, I’m feeling a little more wag in my tail lately, too.
Well, if I had one, I mean.

Do you ever take the time to be grateful? To articulate the great wash of feeling that comes over you as you shake off sleep in the morning?
Sometimes I try to; sometimes I think about practicing deliberateness.
It comes out like a prayer, this exhale of thankfulness.

For this, I think, as I come home every night to warmth. To a warm yellow glow from the lamps that are lit. And for this, too, I think as I cut up old shirts I bought from the Salvation Army in order to make something brand new.

If that’s not a metaphor for the way life can crawl you into a dark constricted area, and–right when you have resigned yourself to spending the next forever there–march you out into the sunlight with gossamer wings and the new title butterfly–then I don’t know what is.

And definitely for this, I think as I read the continued text thread by which my whole family talks to each other. Jokes and requests for prayer and the relating of good news and bad news, too. But the point is we communicate.  And the more people I meet, the more I realize how invaluable it is to come from a family who not only talks to each other, but really likes doing it, too.

And an even greater point is the the act of living deliberately. Of breaking down your feelings and expressing them. Especially when it’s gratitude. Which is something I believe you can cultivate and nurture every single day.

 

2 Comments

  1. Kathie Krakowski October 18, 2012

    Love this. To be one who practices gratitude on a daily basis is something I decided on long ago. It is not always easy, but it is always worth the effort. It is harder for anxiety, bitterness, and other noxious weeds to take root in your soul if you are actively cultivating gratitude.

    • jessica October 19, 2012

      Oh Kathie–you’re right. Gratitude can change a whole LIFE without anything in your circumstances changing, really. What a gift we have, if we choose to exercise it. And I’ve seen you choose gratitude. It makes you a wonderful person to interact with. I miss you! xo

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