Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Gratitude

It is part of my regular daily round to take time to be grateful for all that I have in my life.  I'm always thinking about the things I have to be grateful for and I often take time to write things down too.  I love this idea that Knitty Gritty Homestead is doing each Tuesday, she shares five things for which she is grateful and asks others to share their gratitude list as well.  The last few years have been teaching me all sorts of lessons and the more I learn the more I believe that it really all boils down to just this:

Live in the present.

Practice gratitude.

I believe those two things are the key to a happier life.  And, happily, they are very simple.  Easy? No, not always.  But simple?  Yes.  And easier with practice.

And so I hope you will join me in practicing gratitude - there's no better way to stay in the present than by focusing your attention on whatever is "good" in your life right now.

Right now I am grateful for -

So much fresh produce in the gardens that most of each meal is garden-fresh.

Gorgeous full moon right outside our sun room (or moon room, in this case) windows (and a clear view of a barred owl as it perched on a dead tree as a bonus)!
An abundance of fresh flowers to cut and bring inside for bouquets.
First batch of green beans.  Love these (all of which were enjoyed raw and fresh).
Homemade strawberry ice cream!  Twice (once with friends which makes it taste even better)!!
The morning glory vine S planted starting to bloom as it climbs up our stair railing.  Lovely!
And you?  What are you feeling grateful for?

5 comments:

The Knitty Gritty Homestead said...

thanks so much for linking!! LOVE your gratitudes...the morning glory is glorious! the ice cream made me drool...beautiful! Our philosophies for all things life-related are just to have faith and patience. It always seems to work out!

donna!ee said...

i agree with you heather... practice gratitude, patience & joy! and often times i reflect on certain circumstances that God, in His mercy, has spared me from. blest be :)

daisy said...

Beautiful captions. I'm grateful for all the blooms in my garden and for all of the knowledge I've gained from fellow bloggers.
Blessings...

Mary-Sue said...

for YOU! and your amazing, wonderful son!!! xoxo

Erin said...

I love the gratutude list, too, easy and simple, sometimes, maybe even often overlooked when I am in the throes of change and tumult. I'm getting back to my coments after some time to simplify my computer time and use...I am grateful for all of the wonderful people I meet via the 'net and their words, smiles and friendship, including you dear Heather.

It is great to be part of something bigger that connects so many of us :)

We are away for a few days, and I'm grateful for the beaches my toes will soon be prancing upon, the sunsets over water I hope to see, the excited cries of my boys as they leap down the hills to the marine oasis before them, the friends to connect with on their new farm or those we meet at the beach, the sand that will find its' way EVERYWHERE, even our sleeping bags!

And the food at this time of year, oh yes, the shifting like you said to many meals made from local, if not mostly home-grown, care, time and love infused goodness!!!

~Erin xo