“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert

My Grandma Evelyn was the queen of human generosity.  You mention you like something hanging on her wall?  You are taking it home (nonnegotiable).  Appreciate her flowers? vegetable garden? necklace? nail polish? The items are yours (persistent kindness).  Sometimes you wouldn’t want to mention your admiration.  She was bursting with kindness and lived as a constant creative… Despite losing her 15 years ago, I still miss her.  Spending time with her meant your life was enriched – and not simply in the material sense (the items you took home from visits at her house)!  I love that she never made time for you; rather she spent time with you; as if you were the most important person in her world to her.

I wish my girls were laughing or creating with her right now.  But on this Thanksgiving… I will be thankful for what I had; instead of sad for what I lost…  It only took 15 years to say that.

My top ten list of inspired quotes on gratitude:

  1. “Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.” ~ Wayne Dyer
  2. “Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.”  ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
  3. “When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.”  ~ Joel Osteen
  4. “Gratitude is the open door to abundance .”~ Unknown
  5. “Don’t overlook the wonder of the ordinary.” ~Anonymous
  6. “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” ~Meister Eckhart
  7. “It is not happy people that are thankful, it is thankful people that are happy.” ~Anonymous
  8. “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” ~Randy Pausch
  9. “Don’t overlook the wonder of the ordinary.” ~Anonymous
  10. Re-read the Elizabeth Gilbert quote.

May your heart be full of gratitude.

Tune into the simple gifts on your journey of life.


Are we there yet?

The view Missy alerted me to… the artful landscape of western Wisconsin.

Missy’s Thanksgiving feast.