Thankful.

“Thankful” made for the Global Art Swap/heART Exchange by Lori K.

What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude. –Brene Brown

A couple of posts on Instagram resonated with me this morning. One, I might share another time, but the post by my IG friend, @gallionista, bears repeating today. We live in a world where people feel they are “entitled” to this and that, so her message is timely.

[…] To be content is a privilege and a delicate matter that must be curated and planned and protected.  Show gratitude for all the [stuff] that makes you happy: say thank  you; tell a person; write about it; paint a mural; cook a meal; hug for five seconds longer.  Just show that you understand the complexity of what is temporary, fragile, or gifted.  [Emphasis mine].

When we realize NONE of our comforts are guaranteed–none of them are ours by “right,” that all of them are privilege and fortune and gift and blessing and grace, that “here today, gone tomorrow” is a reality for many and can be for us too–we’ll begin to grasp what it means to be thankful, to be grateful for ALL we have.

Take a moment today and begin a list of all your privileges and whisper a prayer of gratitude for each.and.every.one.

“When Giving Is All We Have”

"I will give thanks to you, Lord with all my heart." Psalm 9:1 Art by Lorelei C. #lovenotesjb

“I will give thanks to you, Lord with all my heart.” Psalm 9:1.  Gratitude Art by Lorelei C. #lovenotesjb

When Giving Is All We Have

One river gives
Its journey to the next.

We give because someone gave to us.
We give because nobody gave to us.

We give because giving has changed us.
We give because giving could have changed us.

We have been better for it,
We have been wounded by it—

Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,
Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.

Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,
But we read this book, anyway, over and again:

Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,
Mine to yours, yours to mine.

You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.
Together we are simple green. You gave me

What you did not have, and I gave you
What I had to give—together, we made

Something greater from the difference.

~Alberto Ríos, 1952

Happy Gratitude Day!

Happy, Happy, and a Little More Happy!

Even though I am in the middle of class preparations–Heart of Darkness and Beowulf, if you’re interested–I feel obligated to take a moment to write a post.  Why? Because it has been almost a month since I last posted and because WordPress reminded me that it’s my WordPress anniversary.  Typically, I ignore WP’s “pats on the back,” but three years is a long time to stick with a weblog, no matter how infrequently, randomly, and unpredictably one posts.

Sooooo…

Thank you, my little blog audience, for sticking with mePics and Posts is one of my happy places and I enjoy sharing my snail mail and photo adventures with you.  Happy Anniversary to us!

Until next time–I leave you with a little bit of happy–a poem by e.e. cummings that always makes me smile!

Who Knows If the Moon

“Who Knows if the Moon’s a Baloon” by e.e. cummings

[I designed this for a “Poetry on a Postcard” swap.  I’ll be blogging about the series of swaps soon].

Have joy!