Thursday, November 27, 2008

giving thanks

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.

-Melody Beattie




(with gratitude to matthew for his lovely photograph)

8 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

A beautiful photograph to go with a beautiful sentiment. Hope you had a lovely day.

billie said...

Thanks, Arlene - you too!

jme said...

lovely sentiment. too often we think of gratitude as something superficial and obligatory - the good manners of saying "please" and "thank you." i love the idea that it is a way of relating to life, that a true sense of gratitude can even be transformative.

"thanks" for this ;-) hope you had a great day.

billie said...

exactly, jme... glad this spoke to you, too.

and we did have a nice day! I hope yours was good as well..

Matthew said...

And my gratitude to you for your extraordinary presence in my life.

billie said...

Matthew, thank you for such a lovely comment. You, too, of course.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Gratitude is so much deeper than most of us believe, isn't it. Thanks for this thought-provoking and quite touching quote, Billie.
The photo is just lovely, too.

I hope you and your family enjoyed a very special Thanksgiving :)

~Lisa
New Mexico

billie said...

We did, and I hope you did too!