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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lost Art of Gratefulness

It's a Lost Art.

Gratitude has been bypassed for the majority in today's culture- and I am the first to admit to the guilt of this act.

So quite simply and easily I found an entire canvas of things to be grateful for today.
The brush in my mind sweeping over things and creating a portrait of a perfect day.
A collage of beautiful and breathtaking art, albeit simple.

The heavy fog painting the air around me as if covering me in a ghost-like cloak.
A smile from my son as his tousled head appeared over the bunk bed railing as I woke him for the day.
The smell of vanilla cupcakes permeating the house and knowing they're going to be ready for eating in minutes.
Explaining a math problem to my 14 year-old son  and seeing the look of understanding slide across his face.
Feeling (finally), the warmth of sunshine on my skin through the window as I sit here and type.

It doesn't matter if your masterpiece looks like a child's painting-
                              or something grander and more magnificent as the Mona Lisa smile.

It's art.
The art of gratefulness.
In every color and form imaginable.

And we have access to it every day.

Look. It's there.


Debbie said...

I am grateful every single day, for the air I breathe and the sunshine on my face!! The cold breezes and the snow!! That I have a husband who loves me and that I have a beautiful home to keep clean!!

I am grateful for every step I take, and even though I limp, I am still walking!!

I am grateful to be able to read this beautiful entry Dawn, many thanks!!

sage said...

Yes, there are many reasons to be grateful! Thanks for reminding us.

Johann said...

I'm in a "being grateful" period now as part of Lent. Being grateful makes my days much better.

Out on the prairie said...

Happiness is always there, we just need to accept it

Unknown said...

I was thinking about this subject this morning, Dawn. I'm grateful for eyesight and the ability to walk. I have friends who do not have these abilities. Gratitude is so important and I'm glad you posted this message.

Pat Tillett said...

You are so right about this. We spend way too much time obsessed with the wrong things and don't stop to be thankful for what is good and right.

Slamdunk said...

All right, you are back! You have been missed Dawn--and I agree, we all should take time each day and count our blessings both big and small.

carmilevy said...

Thank you for the reminder, Dawn. My dad used to say he woke up this morning, and that was all that mattered given the alternative. Wise words. Wish he were still around to share more.