Thursday, November 4, 2010

G is for Gratitude

What's November without a little gratitude?!

I spent some time this morning composing a memory tribute to one of the people being honored at the President's Dinner at my girls' high school this year.  I felt it was important to let this man know how he has impacted my family.  He may not know otherwise!  Our story is not unique.  Mr. McC has touched generations of people with his time, talent & treasure.  I'm sure he doesn't give of himself for the recognition or glory, but sometimes it's just nice to know that you've made a difference!

This led me to think of all of the people who have influenced my life in one way or another.  People who give of themselves in big ways and small.  People who touch my life just by living their own.  
Sometimes I am guilty of wanting a pat on the back for things that I do, but then I can be stingy about acknowledging what others do...

So, during the month of November (not just for a day), the month of Thanksgiving, I'm going to try to be more mindful of what others offer me - tangible, verbal, emotional, big or small
I've been told you can't be grateful & resentful at the same time.

Today I'm going to start with YOU fabulous bloggers!!  I didn't really know what to expect when I started on this blogging journey.  I just mentioned to someone that I don't really know where I'm headed with this but I LOVE the options & directions I can go.  And I appreciate the sharing and camaraderie and support found here.  I love your sincere comments and musings.  They make me smile & laugh.  Sometimes it's just the thing that I need.  It's been such fun so far : ) So Thank You!

And just so you don't think that I'm all business today, I wanted to let you in on an uber thankful secret that brings a smile to my face on a regular basis...  *Go Here
you can thank me later : )

Blessings!

ps just wanted to share an opportunity with you!  wouldn't it look great somewhere in your home or as a gift?  check it out!


Bringing Peace Into The Home is holding a giveaway
of this print by Liz Lemon Swindle.
Click here to enter for the giveaway.
btw this print represents something else I'm grateful for!!

18 comments:

fredamans said...

Gratitude. Something we all should have, yet some have troubles with.

Great post!

gabe said...

what a great way to look at gratitude! Instead of just looking at things we are thankful for looking at people we are thankful for and why!

Thanks!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Lovely sentiment and a great reminder to tell the people we love that we are grateful for them...

Sue said...

I am spending the month trying to do the same...letting the people I love and who love me know that I am grateful for them and do not take them for granted.

=)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I have so much to be grateful for. I will try to focus on remembering those things this month too.

Birgit said...

Gratitude is the PERFECT choice for G, especially since Thanksgiving is so near. I am also grateful for my friends out in Blogland! :)

Hugs,
Birgit

Sailing Simply said...

What a wonderful reminder to all of us to let others know how grateful we are of them. I can't think of a better time of year to show our gratitude either! Great post!

Gina said...

Hi Emily! I enjoyed reading your blog and certainly relate to your words of wisdom about being grateful for something every day... Oh I loved the link for ThxThxThx - became a FB fan, such a cute idea :)

mub said...

Great idea for a G post. I think it's great to spend a whole month instead of just one day thinking about gratitude!

5thsister said...

You know, I was just having this same conversation with another blogger. It is a grand journey, this blogging. When I began nearly 2 years ago I never knew I'd be writing poetry and prose! The gift is in the journey, don't you think? And thank you for sharing the gift of you.

Splendid Little Stars said...

I agree with you about the pleasure of blogging. I had no idea....
The little thank you notes are such a great reminder to be thankful for so many, many things taken for granted.

Lisa said...

What a cute website! Makes you realize that even bad things can turn out good.

Cheryl said...

Gratitude is an attitude I strive for each day. Great reminder.

Lourie said...

What a fabulous post and such a wonderful idea. I know gratitude is something I need to work on.

That painting is gorgeous~

Pondside said...

I like that.
This is a good time of year at which to reflect on gratitude - and why do it in a vacuum?

Splendid Little Stars said...

Wow! Chihuly at the Children's Museum! Is it permanent, I wonder?

Splendid Little Stars said...

Thanks for checking and coming back to tell me about it! Perhaps someday I will visit. I used to live in Indy and loved the Children's Museum. I still have family and friends there and don't live that far away.

Jenny said...

Gratitude and giving are the things that save me from myself many days.

I have gotten into the habit of making a little 'blessings' list every morning...sometimes it's hard to find much to put on there but it changes my focus and keeps my eyes looking ahead and above.

I love that you recognized something you want to focus on.

A really uplifting idea and a wonderfu link to Alphabe-Thursday.

Thank you for linking.

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