November 30, 2009

gratitude:: day 30 of 30

as i sit here and think about the last post and wonder what to say, it occurs to me that i've overlooked the simplest of things and the most important...i'm grateful to be alive. i'm so glad that when i go to sleep at night that i wake up the next morning. that although i have some minor health issues (like asthma and allergies) that it's nothing as major as it could be. with the price of health care in the states, that is a major thing to be grateful about.

i'm grateful for a roof over my head, clothes on my back, air to breathe and the blood that courses through my veins. i have a brain to think and a heart to love. i'm in possession of my fingers, toes and two eyes (even when they don't see as well as they used to). i have a full head of hair (even some extra that i'm not so grateful about) and feet that carry me around. yes, those are many things that we all can sometime take for granted.

and though the package is somewhat worn and tattered at times, it's still a bundle that i cherish having. and i'm grateful for the gratitude and the time this has given me to remind myself how very blessed that i am. i am rich beyond my wildest dreams and sometimes, a little nudge to remind me of that is just what i needed.

32 comments:

  1. Char - I have loved reading all of your gratitudes. What a great series!

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  2. i agree with amanda... loved this gratitude series. and yes... to wake up the next morning in a reasonably fit state... so much to be grateful for.

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  3. I am so grateful for you Char.
    I am not grateful that these have ended. I will miss them.....
    but then I am grateful again that your blog is still here with amazing words and beautiful pictures.
    It always comes full circle.
    xxx

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  4. This has been a great series, Char. Sometimes, it is the most obvious things that we take for granted and we need to stop and think, really think, about all that we have.

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  5. Oh... I just noticed your new header (yeah, I am a feedreader!)
    Great!!

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  6. I loved this gratitude project Char -it was successful in pointing my own thoughts towards more grateful ones.

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  7. That, my dear Char, should be a prayer that we all say when our eyes first open in the morning.

    I'm grateful for all the wonderful things of which you have reminded us this past month. And I'm grateful to have you as a friend.

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  8. so true, we sometimes do overlook the most obvious gift. our health and the love we give and receive.

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  9. Wealth truly is found in the moments you describe here. Thanks for gently reminding us all of our riches.

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  10. what a lovely 30 days here ...you continue to inspire me and i always enjoy my visits with you!

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  11. A great series of thankfulness, Char. There is wealth to be found most everywhere if you peer close enough. I certainly laughed at the excess hair comment though. Enjoy your week. :)

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  12. oh char...you are right....these really are the things in our lives that we need to be so grateful for !!

    thanks for the reminder....

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  13. Well said.....

    Congrats on your completion of this series...although a struggle at times it was well worth it as a daily reminder of so many things!

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  14. yay for all the little things that we overlook everyday. i have enjoyed reading about what you're grateful for and getting to know you better. i'm thankful for that brain in your head and that heart that you have and that you have fingers to share your world with us.
    onwards!

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  15. what an awesome list of gratitude...you are right, there is SO much to cherish.

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  16. love this post. i am relating to it COMPLETELY today, and thank you for summing it up much better than i ever could. :)

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  17. I've also enjoyed reading these reflections...

    And many thanks for your visit to my other site! It means a lot, the way you take time to comment. I imagine you warm many hearts throughout the course of your every day... And I, for one, am grateful for you!

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  18. I've loved reading these posts, Char... I think you've helped us all be more aware and introspective about the things that we are grateful for. So for that (and more), thank you.

    love,
    -maria

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  19. I had never thought to say thanks for each breath I take. Until my friend had a permanent trach installed. I don't forget anymore. Your month on the page has been beautiful.

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  20. beautiful sentiments Char I would be interested to know how this project has changed your life in any significant way?

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  21. 30-YES! Bravo!!! The things you mention in this post are so wise. It's easy to forget these simple yet oh-so-important things in our lives. Sometimes, as I'm walking up one of our steep hills here in San Francisco, I think about how lucky I am to be able to do so. Forget about the heavy breathing! Be happy to have the strength to march up and down and all around. Good thoughts to ponder. Thank you.

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  22. ....Wonderful Picture of this Horse......
    and beautiful your words!
    have a great day
    elvira from tuscany

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  23. loving this...
    such a great series...
    and i totally agree with you
    on this post,
    so much to be grateful for...

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  24. i have really enjoyed following you blog this month and you remind us all that there is so very much we have to be grateful for - none the more important than the breath we take.
    thank you.

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  25. what a beautiful pinto pony or maybe a paint...i am grateful you share the wealth that is yours

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  26. You make me so grateful for what I have. Thanks Char.

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  27. the horse is lovely and reminds me of one i had when i was a kid - his name was skip's galley lad. he once bit the hell out of me, but i loved him anyway.

    and i laughed so hard when you said you had hair on your head and some extra. because i'm sure there's an old greek woman inside of me, struggling to get out. and if i'm not vigilant, i don't like to think about what will happen, but let's just say it'll happen on my chin....

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  28. I have loved reading your 30 days. Makes me take stock of my life too. I won't copy on the blog but in my journal that I also write in. Thank you so much for being an online friend. Have a great day.

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  29. congrats on your commitment and your perseverence!! hooray for you! i know it can be very hard to stick with it every day, but you did it!!!! great job! :)

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i feel as if each comment was between us as we sat and sipped something warm....i love to hear what you're thinking.