Thornton Wilder said "We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."
In honor of Thanksgiving this week & tying in 52 weeks of extraordinary, I've decided to list 52 reasons I'm thankful. This list is by no means all inclusive & is not in any particular order...
Last night's rain offering my roses a much needed drink of water; a good report from the doctor this morning; my family; my health; 80 degree weather in November; good friends; soft sheets; a nice glass of wine with a dear friend; laughter; hearing a loved one's good news; working with creative people; phone calls with a friend I haven't spoken to in several weeks that picked right up as though no time had passed; my faith in God; that I was able to know two sets of my great grandparents; comforting memories; finding the perfect drawer pulls for an antique dresser; getting 98% of my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving; the smell of clean laundry; the scent of a new hand soap; anticipation of decorating for Christmas; new additions to the family; enjoying my first cup of Starbucks pumpkin spice latte this season yesterday while visiting with good friends; the cozy feeling when I first wake up; singing birds; sunshine; green grass year-round; flowers blooming year-round; my education; sound of the waves crashing; remembering my sister-in-law's birthday this year; occasional surprises; motivation that losing a couple of inches gives me to continue working out; seeing last night's full moon; scented candles; my emotions; my southern roots; the perspective others provide (even if I'm not a fan of that perspective); curiosity; thirst for learning more & being better; ability to spend holidays with some of my family; enjoying that time with my family; enjoying a movie recommended by a friend that I was skeptical about; new adventures; ability to help friends; help from friends; finding a great pedicurist; the respect drivers give to funeral processions; kindness of neighbors; my hair finally growing longer; Thanksgiving traditions - specifically the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, pumpkin pie with whipped cream & my mom's gourmet potatoes; & #52. that I started this blog to help me recognize the extraordinary in the ordinary.
I want to want to be truly alive .... I want to always be conscious of my treasures. So I pledge to myself not to only be conscious of them every November, but every day.