Here are 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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“In order to help usher in the golden age we must see the good in people. We must know it is there, no matter how deeply it may be buried.
Yes, apathy is there and selfishness is there – but good is there also. It is not through judgment that the good can be reached, but through love and faith.”
What a challenge, yet how rewarding, to seek and find the good in everyone!
To be in a state of gratitude, I focus on the good — not only in others, but in myself, and in all situations.
I praise and celebrate the good, and it expands.
For this and so much more, I am incredibly thankful.
“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes.”
I am deeply grateful for my steady routine of prayer and meditation each morning,
it keeps me centered and renewed and fortified.
If I am worried or feeling harried, I return to the Godspace of love and peace
that is always there inside of me.
Then, if I fall out of a state of grace, at times, I remember to stop and breathe
and I blend again with the All-is-Well.
So thankful for these ways to counteract the stress of everyday living.
Today I give thanks for the many hats I wear --
I am thankful for my professional hats, which include one for book designer, one as an author, and one for being a practitioner for the Centers for Spiritual Living.
Each of these hats feels so good to wear and fits me perfectly…
And I also wear a photographer’s hat, an artist’s beret, a family bonnet, a pet mom cap, and a friendship garland, at various times, not necessarily in this order.
Each hat adds to the peace, love, creativity and illuminated joy in the world!
What hats do you wear? And how do they fit?
“The world cannot ruffle the dignity of a soul
that dwells in its own tranquility.”
There is certainly ever-so-much to ruffle our peace of mind in this world --
media flaunts it all so repetitiously, ad nauseam!
But our souls know that there is so much more than meets the eye or ear.
Deep down I know that there is nothing to worry about in the Cosmic Big Picture
And I am so thankful to know how to dwell in my own sweet serenity.
“The unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy.”
There is such a spectrum from sorrow to ecstasy,
from hatred to love,
from mad to glad --
we humans get to experience it all, like it or not!
I often marvel at the way I can one day feel I’m suffering
and then suddenly life lightens up, my spirits lift, and I’m vibrating with joy and peace and bliss again!
And even though the sorrow or anger or lack of love doesn’t feel good,
it does show me what I really want to experience — it IS a contrast so I can fly high with my happiness when it arrives…
and it always does.
So yes, I am thankful for the gamut of emotions I experience.
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