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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Live Gratitude

“Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend… when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present — love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure — the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

I have been gifted a few minutes to myself and I only have a few, so, on this eve before Thanksgiving, this will have to be short and sweet.  My girls have been home all week this week (yes, they had an entire week off) so I've had to let go of much of what I normally do in a week, but it has been good to let go.  

Right now as I write, my husband is making spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, the house smells of pumpkin bread that my six-year-old and I baked this afternoon, the rain continues to fall, soulful music from the front of the house reaches me here in the back of the house, it is warm, I am comfortable.  Life is sweet and there is so very much to say thank you for.

And since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I will include my "butterfly" list out here in the wide open this evening.

Saying thank you for...

*the kitty who is purring & warming my lap as I write...such warm, furry coziness
*the walk in the rain with my girls this afternoon.  Umbrellas, rain boots/coats, bundled--we walked (and skipped a little) on the path with the huge fallen yellow leaves, crossed a creek, took deep breaths of all that fresh air, played a sweet little word association game, held snow berries in our hands, soaked our hair, got muddy...I'm so glad we decided to "brave" the weather.  Such goodness.
*watching the girls drink their hot chocolate (with mint) afterwards.  Chocolate faced sweetness.
*the very yummy dinner of spaghetti & meatballs my husband made this evening...even had fresh chanterelle mushrooms.  And I didn't have to cook a single bit of anything
*sweet family game time this evening--lots of giggles and silliness
*'s so very good to know that I always have the choice of where to focus my attention.  I can always look for the gifts in every moment.  And they are always there. Always.
* a full, content belly
* healthy sleeping beautiful children
* the opportunity to watch my family run in the "Turkey Trot" tomorrow morning--no running required on my part--just coffee-drinking watching and cheering them on!
* the tender-hearted, beautiful women I have in my life.  They tell the truth.  They feel the fear and do it anyway. They believe in their dreams even when they can't see the hows in any of it. They know that there is nothing more powerful than love and they stand by it no matter what
*the creative process...I continue to be in awe of all it has to teach me.  Each time I sit down to create, I am called to let go and Trust and, always, a little magic flows through
*the present moment.  I am reminded of the quote from Oprah..."Breathe, let go and remind yourself that this is the only moment you know you have for sure."  I think this pretty much sums it up.  

Happy Thanksgiving, beautiful people. Let's remember to breathe and let go and to live gratitude. Imagine if we could all live gratitude not just tomorrow but every single one of our todays...that would be a very beautiful thing. Heaven on earth, maybe.

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  1. Hello Julia,

    I've been following your very inspirational blog for a few months now and this is my first time commenting.

    I just wanted to say thank you ever so much for this post - I really needed it! The Sarah Ban Breathnach quote is so very true and I needed reminding!

    Happy Thanksgiving :)
    (ps - I have not updated my blog for a bit as we've recently had a baby, and my new role as mom is taking over at the moment! I do miss my blogging so I hope to get back into it very soon)

  2. what you posted is so true about abundance and lack existing together.....I'm learning to be thankful even for those disappointments. Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Your thankfulness made my eyes well up, I love that you spend time thinking about all the sweetness in your life. I'm so grateful that your life is full of love.
    I've been doing similar things lately by speaking a positive mantra to myself multiple times a day to reinforce myself. It seems to really be helping :)
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my sister, wish we were there with you!
    Love you,

  4. Ren & Sarah, thank you so much for taking the time to connect--so very happy you are here and that the quote resonated. I hope you both have a beautiful, full of love Thanksgiving.

    My sister...I love you so much. So happy to hear you are saying nice things to your sweet self--you so deserve it. I wish I was there too--in spirit, right? Enjoy your Thanksgiving--I'm so thankful for you. xo

  5. Happy Thanksgiving, dear Julia.

    I am so thankful for you.


  6. Julia you are so full of love. I loved it that your husband was making spaghetti and meatballs when you were writing. That is bliss :)

  7. Julia,

    So much to be grateful for.

    Sharing the love,
    Joy, contentment, and everything
    magical in-between.


  8. What a wonderful..inspiring list. Hope your Thanksgiving was filled with warmth and wonder!


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