Here is this week’s offering of thoughts of thanksgiving, by Deborah Perdue, author of Daily Gratitude Reflections and Grace of Gratitude Journal.
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“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
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.
“From Joy we come,
For Joy we live,
In the sacred Joy we melt.”
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, every cubic inch of space is a miracle.”
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.
Deborah Perdue, RScP
Author of “Grace of Gratitude Journals”
and “Grace of Gratitude Reflections”
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