“November is the month to remind us to be Thankful for the many positive things happening in our life.” ~ Unknown
Good Sunday morning, dear friends. I hope this finds you well and enjoying these beginning November days. It has been quite chilly in our lovely ‘Mountain State.’ Jack Frost has paid us several visits and I believe brought many of his friends along to the party.
When our nights fall below freezing and we bring out the winter jackets, the realization of the approaching holidays become clear. My mind begins to whirl with many things to do. However, especially in November, I seem to focus on all the good in my life and how very grateful I am for everyone and everything I hold dear. How fortunate I am to have been so richly blessed.
“An attitude of gratitude is a never-ending prayer.” ~ William Arthur Ward
When we hear of so many people in our world who are in distress, day after day, and do not have food for their table, I count my blessings when we have a simple dinner of soup and fresh bread.
Each of us will be grateful for different things, however, I believe we are all grateful for our family and friends, our homes, and our basic needs.
And a cookie or two for dessert.
“…all which we behold Is full of blessings…” ~ William Wordsworth, 1798
One of the things I treasure most in my life is I had a mother who taught me how to see. She wanted me to understand that beauty comes in many things ~ great and small. The magnificence of nature and the talent of human hands. Hands that are moved by hearts.
I thought I would share a few of the things which are precious to me. Perhaps, they are to you as well.
Stillness and peace rank high on my list. Working in a middle school office for thirty-plus years certainly gave me an appreciation of peace and quiet.
There is beauty and peace in a cup of tea or coffee. I am always grateful for the time to enjoy it. Something to be savored.
A few tiny blooms can create a magical space, especially on a rainy and chilly day.
You most likely have read the bumper sticker that reads, “If you can read this thank a teacher.” I would only add, “Be grateful to a teacher.” Many times I have thought, “How fortunate I am that I can read.” Truly, a gift that a dedicated teacher passed on to me many years ago. The enjoyment it has given me is remarkable. I wonder if she knew what her gift would mean to me?
“The ideal of beauty is simplicity and tranquility.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To me, the following three photos hold simplicity and stunning beauty.
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” ~ Vincent van Gogh
The person who created this statue truly has a “heart that moved hands.” She has the most lovely face and looks so happy. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate any information on her.
“Cape Cottage Amongst Trees” ~ Artist, Tony DeFreitas
Art speaks to each of us differently. While I may not want to bring home every piece I enjoy, that does not mean I do not have a great appreciation for the talent and the work.
“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.” ~ Unknown
Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit.
Enjoy these November days, take time to collect your thoughts, focus on the things important to you and to those you love.
And. . .
Most of all, look around and say, “Thank you.”
Know I wish you and yours a beautiful day. May your blessings abound.
“Look closely. The beautiful may be small.” ~ Immanuel Kant
Images: Via Tumblr