Opt for Gratitude

Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) and Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum).

Gratitude is a choice, a state of heart and mind as clean and uncomplicated as a butterfly, or a sky-blue October day. It requires a shift from ruminating on the negative to touching all that is good about a particular moment. Gratitude is not Pollyannaism; one acknowledges that life is often difficult and sometimes unfair, but chooses to find and embrace joy and goodness anyway. 

A perfect October day in Minnesota.

Gratitude is unique to each of us and our circumstances at a specific point in time. As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, I am grateful for nature’s endless beauty, a stranger’s warm greeting, the radiant smiles of my niece’s baby and preschooler, my husband’s tenderness and patience, our son’s thoughtful calls, my aging dad’s mostly positive attitude, the kindness of my siblings and friends, and the insights and laughter of the women in my spirituality group. What inspires gratitude in your heart?

Monarch (Danaus plexippus) and common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).

 

 

2 thoughts on “Opt for Gratitude

  1. Enjoyed this post Beth! I am grateful for family, friends and especially my cousins! Grateful for the Monarchs and other nature in my yard, gardening and the joy of trying to do some kindness every day. Gratitude is a choice and giving is rewarding. I helped someone with her coat today at a medical imaging place and came to understand she could not get her coat on due to a shoulder injury. She had fallen and broken her shoulder while walking with her 101-year-old father. We chatted about the challenges of injuries and recovery. We both parted feeling more positive and grateful for the support of people around us. A nice reminder about being thankful, grateful and giving back.

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