13 January 2008

a journey of a thousand miles...

...begins with the first step. i have done new years with resolutions (& even kept a few!) & without resolutions. what do i prefer? really, it depends on the year & my mood & where my life is going when the calendar begins anew. this year didn't feel particularly resolution-worthy for me, not because i lack a need to improve (oh, believe me, i do, i do, i do!!!). in those quiet holiday moments (there were a few!), i heard my heart say, be gentle on yourself right now. i also heard the yearnings of my soul to be creative in some small way. what felt inspiring? what felt right?
after NaBloPoMo last november, i kept turning the "30 days of thanks" over & over in my mind...i really liked that part of the daily blogging. in that month i also stumbled upon a new-to-me blog with something that made my heart sing. ann at holy experience began a list in late 2006...one thousand gifts & i knew when i began reading that i would do this too. all is joy when you count your blessings!
look for the numbers randomly on the blog... count along with me...i'd love your company on the journey! a joy is felt twice when it is shared... & so it begins with the first step~

1. a steady rain in our drought-striken area

2. the boys working at their dad's side3. the laughter of friends gathered in the other room

4. water streaming over my sleepy face in the early morning5. the gentle touch of a friend from the pew behind in a quiet moment of prayer

6. cards containing words of friendship across many miles on my desksitting quietly with my gifts is like opening the flood-gates of my mind...once i will my mind to think on these beautiful things, they come streaming forth in a torrent. gratitude begets gratitude...it grows exponentially in its consideration. it is the perfect way to warm the heart at twilight on a damp january eve...


Anonymous said...

Beautiful...this made me look around my desk and see objects of comfort and joy that I too am grateful for. blessings can be small or big, but just as meaningful.

Thank you for this ray of sunshine this morning!

Cre8Tiva said...

there are thousands each day for me...did you know i gave you an award some time bach over the holidays... http://cre8tiva.blogspot.com/2007/12/elf-sistersawards.html ...blessings today, rebecca

Karina said...

This was a beautiful reminder that each day we must be grateful for all the small things, that add up to so much. Thank you.

Britt-Arnhild said...

Beauty shines through here.....

rochambeau said...

YEs YEs!! You and I have such abundance! So much to be grateful for!! WE ARE SO BLESSED!
Once I sat by a Rabi at a Bar Mitzvah dinner. I was fifteen years, yet I still can hear this wise mans words in my head! He said: "Happiness isn't having what you want, BUT wanting what you have"!
Being grateful is one of the keys to happiness!!

So happy you are you.
I wish I knew your Dad!

somepinkflowers said...

i look forward
to your 1000 blessings
and may they multiply
and grow to more
and more...


Leslie said...

What a lovely post and beautiful way of viewing the world. Thank you!

bleeding espresso said...

What a wonderful journey this will be! I'm looking forward to following along.

And I think I recognize one of those cards ;)

the mother of this lot said...

Bella Mocha sent me here and I'm so glad she did! What a beautiful, peaceful blog. I also look forward to following your journey.

qualcosa di bello said...

bella...it is true! & my desk...i must have some meaningful things there for inspiration :)

rebecca...what a wonderful honor! i hope to do it justice...

karina...all those small things are like the patches of a quilt...when sewn together they are lovely!

britt-arnhild...& you are one of my everyday beauties too!

constance...yee haw!!! your comment made me smile so big!! my daddy would have loved you :D

spf...& surely you know that some of those blessings are very, very PINK!!!

leslie...visiting you & doing that baby countdown is one of my daily joys!

sognatrice...you bet you do!! ;)

mother...i am sure glad you stopped by & am especially glad you want to join the journey!