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The Abundance Around You

The Abundance Around You

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into. ~ Wayne Dyer

In my ongoing attempts to increase my daily gratitude I have really honed in on being aware of the abundance that is everywhere, but especially that abundance that is around me.

Some days that is incredibly easy – when I walk out to my garden and I am surrounded by a bumper crop of tomatoes, peppers, and beans. Then there are the onions that appear to be doing well and the potatoes that seem to be flourishing in their containers. I am stunned also with the fact that all four eggplants have baby eggplants growing on them, and they just don’t seem to be ready to stop blooming yet, so there will surely be more.

However, there is just no way for us to utilize all of this bounty ourselves, so Steve’s office is loving us as we are sharing the overflow of vegetables. I am grateful that we have an abundance to share.

But, the abundance does not stop in my garden.

Yesterday, in my struggle to come up with books to fit bingo squares, you all gave me an abundance of recommendations. I am grateful for the community here.

The search for gratitude has changed my perspective and opened my eyes to the abundance around me.

What are you grateful for today?

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With Service to Others

With Service to Others

Carole gives is a challenging task for this week’s 10 on Tuesday:

10 Things You Can Do To Serve Others

I spent some time yesterday pondering this and wanted to address this not from the things I am currently doing, but rather from the idea that there are things I could/should be doing that I am not.

So, with self-improvement in mind, I present my list of 10 things I should be doing to serve others:

A kinder, gentler attitude that is

less critical,

and less frustrated.

One that is not participating in gossipy conversation and

not playing the “one up” game – no one likes a laundry list of all the things you did.

Being more of a “Doer” and less of a “Sayer” and

actively listening to those around me and

to not take everything that is said so personally.

Realizing and accepting that my way is not the only way and

not expecting anything in return, ever.

This is a tough list and one that won’t be perfected overnight, but I am hoping that in this year of focusing on gratitude that I will find these things have become an integral part of me as the year draws to a close.

The View From Here

The View From Here

Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise. ~ George Washington Carver

No woods here, but sunrise through the droplets of water was particularly beautiful today, as was the garden wearing strings of water pearls…
May your weekend be filled with simple beauty, Gentle Reader.
Annus Mirabilis

Annus Mirabilis

Welcome to 2016, Gentle Reader, one I hope will be truly a remarkable year!

But, New Year – new you? I hope not so much, I spent much of last year trying to improve me. I wanted to learn more and do more.

And, I think I did fairly well.

2015 saw me become a student of yoga, which has become an almost daily ritual for me. I am happy about this but I need to do more. Every year I fool myself about losing weight, well the days of fooling myself are over. As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. What this equates to is more action needs to happen in my life, as in MOVE IT! Which is a struggle when all your favorite activities are sedentary ones.

However, knitting and walking is apparently thing… Stay tuned for more on this become a thing in my life as 2016 unfolds.

I loved the stitching process in making my daughters “family tree” so you can expect more stitching projects in 2016. I am a long way from the beauty that Bonnie Sennott stitches, but I won’t let that stop me. This book might be the perfect addition to my library.

But, what I really want to focus on this year is gratitude. I will be working through 365Grateful this year. You will see things about this all year-long here on the blog, but if you want to see my daily gratitude, follow me on Instagram!

And so, what I am especially grateful for today: coffee, in a very special mug.

Happy New Year!

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