This is it!
The MOMENT you’ve been waiting for! (Well I have!)
I would like to thank these
six seven brave souls for their kindnesses toward themselves; whether or not they realize it, expressing gratitude is one of the nicest things we can do for ourselves.
these people contributed their 100 words or less to show us what gratitude means to them. kismet is a beautiful phenomenon; i have a feeling some good new friends will be made amongst the contributors of this post today.
My original post solicited the following:
Here it is:
- 100 words or less about what gratitude means to you. Not what you’re grateful for (like an iPod or the last seat on the bus), but what it means. Writing this is meant to be introspective and candid: (show, don’t tell). It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be lyrical, it just has to be original and what you want it to be. A poem, a string of nouns or verbs… up to you. Oh, and it has to be not disgusting or obscene. Any weirdness in that regard will not be tolerated. If you wish to remain anonymous, I will treat you as such.
- 10 words which describe you (remember, you don’t have to give your name).
- An image of you or what best features your summary.
- Your website or blog or way for others to reach you if you are interested in providing it.
NoYesvember, Gratitude can seem cliché, everyone is doing it, I think that’s a good thing. It’s something we can do every day.
Without further ado, we start off with words from Sadder But Wiser Girl:
Being thankful is appreciating things. It’s an unspoken understanding and gratitude for not just tangible objects and people, but also for that which we cannot see and cannot explain.
Ten words that describe me: Unique, scatterbrained, mother, wife, humorous, misunderstood, rambling, ADD, geek, hopeful
The Sadder But Wiser Girl
Next, I am happy to share thoughts from a high school buddy of mine, Susanne:
Gratitude is an attitude of humility and thankfulness.
- appreciating what you have (even if you want to build on it)
- finding positive outcomes from negative experiences
- a feeling you get when you don’t take things for granted, when you don’t feel entitled to anything
- a mindset of appreciation for life’s gifts even when they are concealed and difficult to discern
- slowing down
- small moments start to matter more like the warm glow of hugging your children
- feeling satisfied that you reached a goal or that you had an opportunity to help someone
10 Words That Describe Me:
Next, I am happy to share an amazing tribute from my friend Anh, which reminds me how this whole Thanksgiving gig got started:
I am grateful for the lady in the photo. She fled her country with her two little girls (I am the tall one). We became one in hundreds of thousands of “boat people” who fled/escaped Vietnam in those dangerous little rickety overcrowded wooden boats on our way to the promised lands. The promised land for us was the USA.
I held my baby niece close.
Her breath warm on my cheek.
She teetered, tottered.
But it grew dark one day.
Fighting for her life in hospital sheets.
Her life changed forever as a Diabetic at eight.
Now, she’s a beautiful 17 carrying an iPhone, going to dances and football games.
Grateful for each breath, she wrote a post on Facebook…
American Diabetes Month: Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
Gratitude is so often expressed in menial terms, for insignificant things. Gratitude is a concept that reaches far beyond the minutiae of our lives. It is deeper. It demands awareness, not just for what we have, but for what we don’t. Without an appreciation for what we have lost, what has been taken from us, what has been harmed and threatened, it is impossible to truly grasp how blessed we are for what we have.
Only with that awareness can our eyes truly be opened to the wonder that surrounds us.
Embrace the void to fill the space.
I write to stay sane.
You can follow Kelly at http://debiehive.blogspot.com
Every Day. Often. Especially in Adversity.
Smile. Sing. Dance. Whisper.
Sandra Gea :: Who am I ? Wanderer. Wonderer. Heartist. Citizen of the World. Follow her blog at www.bulamamani.com
Gratitude is making a choice to focus on the positive. It’s a choice to notice and be thankful for what we have. It is also a measurement. We use gratitude to determine our own level of happiness and to measure our personal level of contentment. Gratitude is also how we measure our success as we struggle against the human desire to focus on what is wrong with the world, with us, and with other people. Gratitude is how we access our spiritual being and find presence and calm in a storm. It’s a fight for love.
10 words: I am a mother, writer, painter, blogger, dancer, friend, daughter.
You can also find Lillian at her virtual art studio, Dome Life Studios.
I am most grateful for the moments of my life that give me pause, make me take notice and justifiably humble me: sun shafts through a cloud, silence from a snowfall, children’s laughter, and beating hearts. The physical signs that all systems are still go and that I’m gonna be alright after all: laugh lines and gray roots, sweat drops from my elbows, my singing voice and writing hands, friends who stick it out through thick and thin, people I’ve never met and squirrel pants. Above all: laughter. Still, this is not enough, but it’s a start. It will do.
10 words: feisty, loving, engaging, attentive, loyal, badger, clever, honest, true, alive
Thank you to all the fantastic writers who shared what gratitude means to them. I know other people wanted to get in on this opportunity too and couldn’t make it all roll out for their schedules. I understand that. I will badger them next year. Maybe we’ll have 12 contributors then!
Thank you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
ps – want gratitude delivered to your inbox daily? Check out Gratefulness.org’s Word for the Day
pps- This just in from my friend Tammy Soong over at World’s Worst Moms who’s a little late to the party; she has endured had a very difficult period and I’m with her when she says she’s just glad to be here:
It’s been a rough couple of months. Truth be told, it’s been a rough couple of decades. And there are times when I feel like I’m hanging on to the good stuff by the tips of my fingernails.
Stuff like that moment right before I’m fully awake, and I’m in that fleeting window when I’m feeling “okay.” Or that little something inside that gets me up so I can interact with my kids even when I’m beat. Or that drive that’s still there to write.
And then I’m just grateful to still be able to feel grateful.
Amen to that. Happy Thanksgiving one and all.