DAILY THOUGHTS OF GRATITUDE – Week of July 24

Daily Gratitude Week of July 24

7-24

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

– Marianne Williamson (also attributed to Nelson Mandela)

Some of my life I didn’t feel powerful, instead I felt powerless and dependent upon outside forces.
Later I shrank from my own power, and was timid and played small.
Today I am grateful to own and feel the power of my being!
There is nothing I can’t accomplish with determination, creativity and courage.
I know I am powerful beyond measure, with the help of my higher power,
and I am so thankful this is so.

7-25

“As the Sun shines upon my heart, so may my heart shine upon others!”

– The Upanishads

Let me remember that a shining, bright, loving heart is precious.
Let me take a break from the hustle and bustle
and shine my love light on as many as I can,
starting with my family who I sometimes take for granted,
and extending out to all I meet each day.
I am incredibly grateful to have such a loving, tender heart
and I choose to share it!

7-26

“We have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but today is overflowing with potential.”

– Allan Lokos

I am so grateful to be able to stay in the present moment — it’s not always easy, but so comforting and soothing when I do, rather than planning or plotting the future, which in reality, we cannot change anyway.

Ram Dass really had something when he coined the sixties’ term “Be Here Now” which is practically a cliche but so darn wise.

I seize the moment, rich with a multitude of possibilities, and open to the zest of life!

7-27

As long as the candle burns, there is time to make repairs.

Rabbi Salanter

Life offers endless possibilities and among those, there is the opportunity to do things differently.

When I make a mistake or err, I can always make amends to myself or someone else.

Life is a cornucopia of second chances and choices.

I am grateful for growing wiser as I age, and so grateful that my candle keeps on burning!

7-28

“How many times have I died only to be born again out of the ashes of my unbelief?

How many times has my precious God loved me through the tempests of my own doubt, fear and feelings of unworthiness?”

– Rev. Karen S. Wylie

I am so grateful for all the resurrections of my life!

With each fall from grace and subsequent ascension, I truly grow stronger.

All I have to do is listen to the still, small voice within that assures me that I am worthy beyond measure

and if it doesn’t matter in the Big Picture, there is no need to worry!

I am thankful for divine wisdom, and the remembrance of who I truly am when my mind niggles and falters.

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Watercolor artwork © Tara Thelen, from the Grace of Gratitude Journals. Photography by Deborah Perdue.

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Deborah Perdue, RScP

Author of “Grace of Gratitude Journals”

and “Grace of Gratitude Reflections”

and “Path of Gratitude Coloring Book”

all of these and much more at www.graceofgratitude.com

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DAILY THOUGHTS OF GRATITUDE – Week of June 19

 

 

Here are this week’s offering of thoughts of thanksgiving, by Deborah Perdue, author of Daily Gratitude Reflections and Grace of Gratitude Journal.

To sign up to receive daily inspiring thoughts of gratitude in your email box, you can go to www.graceofgratitude.com home page and click to receive them.

Enjoy! Get inspired! Email me at info@graceogratitude.com and let me know of any you particularly like, or send your own in. I would love to hear from you.

 

June 19

“It began in mystery and it will end in mystery, but what a rare and beautiful country lies in between.”

– Diane Ackerman

 

Life is a divine mystery! We don’t really know what lies beyond this life,

and there is a realm we can’t see which is intangible but oh-so-real!

The most important aspects of the unseen are love, peace, joy, and wisdom.

And the most vital of the seen are, perhaps, the profuse outpouring of life everywhere, colors, music, art and beauty.

What a fantastic life this is…….

I am so very grateful.

 

June 20

I am so grateful for the surprises of Spirit which appear each and every day if I am noticing.
So often there are gifts bestowed upon me from the universe that are freely given, and fill my heart with joy and awe.
The majesty and beauty of Mother Earth is so incredibly rich this time of year.
Happy Summer Solstice!

 

June 21

“Everything can be taken…but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

– Viktor Frankl

Once I finally got out of the victim mode in my life, I realized I was always at choice!
How amazing to be set free like that!
Knowing that nobody can hurt my feelings, only I can let myself be hurt.
Knowing that I can choose to live my life exactly as I want, and
I am free to co-create what happens in my future.

I am incredibly grateful for this ultimate freedom that we innately possess!

And I am thankful for inspiring people, like Viktor Frankl, Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama, who show us the way.

 

June 22

“The grace of a river is a reminder of how nature seeks elegance and achieves immense beauty of cohesion and balance…
if only our lives could achieve, or indeed allow, such grace and elegance.”

– John O’Donohue

I am grateful for the steady flow of meandering nearby rivers!
I have a passionate love affair with rivers, and it is pure joy to swim in them on hot summer days.

Yet I am even more thankful for the flow in my life.

If I relax and let myself float along, trusting I am being guided, instead of pushing or struggling, all is grace and ease.

How happy I am when I can let go!

 

June 23

Today I am simply thankful this workweek is over — it was hectic and somewhat stressful.
I am grateful for the beauty and stillness where I live; for my hubby and darling dogs,
and for my free form Saturdays where I can do exactly what I want with no “shoulds” or “musts.”

I appreciate having a flourishing business with lots of money coming in,
and I am also glad to take my little nose off the grindstone this weekend and reeeeelllllaaaax!
 

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Deborah Perdue, RScP

 

Author of “Grace of Gratitude Journals”

and “Grace of Gratitude Reflections”

and “Path of Gratitude Coloring Book”

all of these and much more at www.graceofgratitude.com

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DAILY THOUGHTS OF GRATITUDE – Week of June 12

Blog post photo wk of June 12

 

Here are this week’s offering of thoughts of thanksgiving, by Deborah Perdue, author of Daily Gratitude Reflections and Grace of Gratitude Journal.

To sign up to receive daily inspiring thoughts of gratitude in your email box, you can go to www.graceofgratitude.com home page and click to receive them.

Enjoy! Get inspired! Email me at info@graceogratitude.com and let me know of any you particularly like, or send your own in. I would love to hear from you.

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 June 12

“It doesn’t matter how much you have.

It all means nothing if you are not happy with yourself.”

– Donald Duck

 

Who knew a cartoon character could be so profound?!

I am so thankful to realize the true riches come from within, and at the top of that treasure

is self-love. I am so thankful to love myself more and more as time goes on,

letting go of petty complaints about myself and realizing deeply that I always do my very best.

I let myself off the merry-go-round of expecting “perfection,”

because the truth is that I am imperfectly perfect, or perfectly imperfect.

And I am ever so glad to be me.

 

June 13

“The sacred is not in heaven or far away. It is all around us, and small human rituals can connect us to its presence.”

–  Alma Luz Villanueva

I am grateful beyond measure for the sacred everywhere — beneath my feet; in a new blossom popping up to surprise me; in the scrumptious dawn of a new day; in the heavens, in the acts of kindness and love witnessed constantly; in the creatures of earth, great and small. Everywhere I look and everything and everyone is sacred!

I celebrate this, and know when someone has turned away from the sacred, and inflicted purposeful harm, they are not aware of, and not observing the magic and divinity of being alive.

It is a blessing to live, and what’s more, to live forevermore.

 

June 14

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.

Let me not pass you by in the quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

–  Mary Jean Irion

 

It’s almost trite to say “be here now” but it’s oh-so-important, hmmm?

I cherish every single day, waking up at the break of dawn, embraced by the dazzling beauty of mother nature in my surroundings.

I reside in the present moment, savoring it and honoring it,

knowing that it truly is perfect and all that we really have.

Thank you, God.

 

June 15

From time to time, I feel compelled to share another gratitude aficionado’s thoughts of thanksgiving because they are just so good!

Thank you, Lee Inkmann, for such an inspiring and beautiful one!

Today, I am grateful for the tropical winds of change that come ricocheting off the Pacific Ocean.

We are buffeted by gentle warm channels and cooled by gusts that whirl through our trees and gardens, our hearts & minds.

Nature is a powerful reminder that we are simply spirits inhabiting these human forms temporarily. Stewards.

I am thankful that I have so many choices as to:

how to live, to manifest love, to share, to care, to create, to relate, to nurture, to extend, to let go –

Guided by a force more sweeping and awesome than I can envision.

 

June 16

“To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.”
–  Roy T. Bennett

Today, as we move closer to the Summer Solstice, I celebrate and revel in the light —

the light of the sun which plays, creating amazing reflections and shadows,

the early morning light, the magical dusk, and glorious sunsets.

And I know that the light within, the illumination that we all have when we don’t let it be dimmed

is the most dazzling radiant light of all.

I am so grateful to shine my own light brightly.

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Deborah Perdue, RScP

 

Author of “Grace of Gratitude Journals”

and “Grace of Gratitude Reflections”

and “Path of Gratitude Coloring Book”

all of these and much more at www.graceofgratitude.com

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DAILY THOUGHTS OF GRATITUDE – Week of May 22

Blog Post Pic May 30 2017

 

Here are this week’s offering of thoughts of thanksgiving, by Deborah Perdue, author of Daily Gratitude Reflections and Grace of Gratitude Journal.

To sign up to receive daily inspiring thoughts of gratitude in your email box, you can go to www.graceofgratitude.com home page and click to receive them.

Enjoy! Get inspired! Email me at info@graceogratitude.com and let me know of any you particularly like, or send your own in. I would love to hear from you.

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May 22

Thankful to be loving, to be loved, and to be in love with life.

I believe that one definition of God IS love, and that when all is said and done, how we have loved others and ourselves
is the most important aspect of life. Certainly it is not all the stuff we own, or status symbols we collect!

I am grateful to worship at the altar of Love, sweet Love!

 

May 23

Overflowing gratitude for each new door that I enter.
New ideas, new opportunities, new ventures
can be scary because they are not familiar, but oh-so-exciting!

I am grateful to be the kind of person who will turn the knob and walk right in
to something unknown that I am called to do.

Very thankful for my adventurous spirit!

 

May 24

Beauty and magic abound in nature, in the universe, in our lives.

I am so grateful to see, touch, feel and acknowledge the splendor of all.

 

I find these qualities in the tiny seeds sprouting this Spring;

in the clear, flowing waters with myriad shades of green and blue;

in the starry, sparkling, infinite night skies;

in the giant, wise trees who have lived for ages…

 

And most of all beauty and magic is found in our own hearts when we let love and peace arise.

 

I am grateful to be keenly aware of all the loveliness in this world and beyond.

 

May 25

As summer flirts with us, and Mother Nature caresses me with warm and dazzling sunshiny days,

I am overflowing with gratitude for the BLISS I feel

welling up from my heart and soul.

 

May 26

“One of life’s most fulfilling moments occurs in the split-second when the familiar is suddenly transformed into the dazzling aura of the profoundly new.”

-Edward B. Lindaman

 

Thankful for for turning a fixed viewpoint upside down, and seeing it in a whole new way —

like an abstract painting that can be rotated, and each vista is amazing.

To look, really look at a blossom close up, studying it, and all of a sudden it is much more than I’ve ever seen before;

a tiny cosmos in its own right.

 

Life IS dazzling and filled with grand surprises

and I am ever grateful.

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Deborah Perdue, RScP

 

Author of “Grace of Gratitude Journals”

and “Grace of Gratitude Reflections”

and “Path of Gratitude Coloring Book”

all of these and much more at www.graceofgratitude.com

541 862-7021

 

 

DAILY THOUGHTS OF GRATITUDE – Week of April 3

Here is this week’s offering of thoughts of thanksgiving, by Deborah Perdue, author of Daily Gratitude Reflections and Grace of Gratitude Journal.

To sign up to receive daily inspiring thoughts of gratitude in your email box, you can go to www.graceofgratitude.com home page and click to receive them.

Enjoy! Get inspired! Email me at info@graceogratitude.com and let me know of any you particularly like or send your own in. I would love to hear from you.

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“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
Simone Weil

To fully listen, and to be listened to is such a gift.
I am grateful to be generous with my listening as much as possible,
to give my undivided, focused attention to the one speaking.
And I thank those who listen to me.
Paying attention to one another is indeed a generous act —
especially in such hectic, busy times.

4-4-17
“From Joy we come,
For Joy we live,
In the sacred Joy we melt.”
Yogananda

My Joy is found within — while meditating, while creating, while doing anything I love…
melting into Joy is nothing less than sublime.

And being grateful always reminds me of the Bliss of Life, and I am ever thankful.

4-5-17
“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts.”
Marianne Williamson

Let me acknowledge the fear I sometimes hold, then let it float away, with love overwhelming my heart and soul instead.
Let me love every single person I know, and even love everyone I don’t know, for we are all connected and when I truly feel this, I let love flood my life.
I am grateful that I remember what is most important, and allow love to guide my life, ever increasingly.

4-6-17
I am grateful to be able to embrace change, whether small or monumental.
I am willing to change aspects of my life that are not working,
and to watch new and more positive effects start to manifest.
With change comes the unknown, and I am thankful to usually expect the best,
many times excited, rather than to go into fear.

4-7-17
To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, every cubic inch of space is a miracle.”

Walt Whitman

Amen!

I appreciate every second, every single minute, each precious hour of this spectacular life I live.

Like a grand Easter Egg Hunt, the creator of the universe we inhabit placed miracles everywhere!

We only need pay attention, and observe.

The astounding variety of fauna and flora; the way every single person is unique,

the richness of our senses — sight, sound, touch, hearing, smell

to feel and view the magnificent beauty everywhere.

And the love and compassion and caring that is invisible but so potent is the best phenomenon of all.

Life is indeed a wondrous miracle, in itself.

And I am so grateful.
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Deborah Perdue, RScP

Author of “Grace of Gratitude Journals”
and “Grace of Gratitude Reflections”
www.graceofgratitude.com

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ROAD MAP TO GRATITUDE

Sometimes people ask me after book signings or classes how they can remain positive and grateful in light of all the challenges in life. “Sure, it’s easy for you, Deborah, but it’s just not that easy for me!”

The truth is, it hasn’t always been easy for me. It takes time. It takes being willing to think about things differently. And it takes a conscious effort to be grateful until you reach a point where you automatically dwell in that gratitude corner as you go through your day.

Here is what I did to get to where I am. And let me preface this by saying if ever God created a hand-wringing, pearl-clutching worrywart, I am the poster child for that model.

I started out by writing a list of all the things I was grateful for every day. This re-trained me about what I put my focus on, and also pulled more wonderful things into my world for which to be grateful! And it’s most certainly where I got the idea for the first Grace of Gratitude Journal I created. I kept picking up my notebook to write my entry, and thinking, ‘This is such an important thing to do, it should be done in a beautiful journal and not the kind of notebook millions of children use to write their homework assignments!’ Not that there’s anything wrong with using a notebook, but I’m a graphic artist, I love art, and I knew having a beautiful journal would help me raise my vibrational level every time I looked at it.

Next, I realized I needed a shift in my thinking, instead of going negative when it seemed life was going to disappoint me. If there was a project I wanted to work on, instead of worrying about whether I was going to get it, I felt grateful for the opportunity to bid on it, to speak to the person needing it, and then I’d release all attachment to the outcome, thinking ‘this or better’.

I stopped thinking of challenges as things happening to me and started thinking about them as things that were actually working in my favor. Those challenges benefit me somehow. They teach me something, strengthen my resolve, prove how strong my faith had become; whatever it was I knew I would be okay and there would be something wonderful I could come away with as a result of it.

And so, when faced with such challenges, I couldn’t wait to find out how I would benefit and I immediately became grateful for those opportunities. Look at the faith and trust involved in feeling this way!

You may be in a place where it all sounds overwhelming, so take baby steps:

Start out journaling once a day and maintain that great habit. Do nothing BUT that for thirty to sixty days.

After you’ve gotten to the thirty or sixty-day mark, start to look for the positive that comes as a result of any challenge you’re facing. How can it benefit you? This habit of reshaping your thinking isn’t to replace journaling but is done in addition to it – so keep journaling!

Let go of your worry as best as you can. Give it to God. Create a visual for this that you can use throughout the day. One way is to visualize putting your worry into a box and burying it, knowing it will decompose and stop existing. Another way is to visualize that every time you walk through a doorway, there is a shower of water coming out of the door frame, bathing you of all worry, washing it all away. Think of that each time you walk through a doorway and thank God / Spirit for cleansing you of all your worry and replacing it with faith in your heart.

When you consider the number of years it took for you to get to the place of worrying about things and not being grateful, you’ll be more patient in moving yourself away from worry and moving to a place of gratitude. Have faith that it will happen!

If this hand-wringing, pearl-clutching worrywart can create a life of gratitude and faith, and very minimal worry, YOU CAN, TOO!!!!!

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Deborah Perdue, RScP
Author of “Daily Gratitude Reflections” and “Grace of Gratitude Journal”
www.graceofgratitude.com
Center for Spiritual Living
Licensed practitioner
Spiritual counseling by phone or skype —
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541-862-7021