Gratitude Sunday: Gratitude And Thankfulness

Gratitude * Sunday
Sunday’s heartfelt tradition.
A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.
A list of gratitudes, our gratefulness feeds one another.
Quoted from Taryn Wilson
Joining the Gratitude Sunday Tradition at Wooly Moss Roots.

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Sunday Haiku
Short days, longer nights,
the earth creeps around the sun
to winter solstice.

Sunday Musings
‘Tis the week of Thanksgiving. This week I mused on the difference between gratitude and thankfulness. They sound the same, don’t they? I had to do my research, looked at several definitions, read a few blogs, and found there is a difference.

Gratitude is defined as the state of being grateful. Thankfulness is defined as the expression of gratitude. There you have it in a nutshell.

Gratitude is a state of being. You can live it every day or when you feel like it. Ever notice how gratefulness and gracefulness are only one letter different? Living in a state of gratefulness is truly living in grace.

Thankfulness is an expression. Saying so. Using your voice. Thankfulness is something given: telling or showing others what you are grateful for. How often do we do this? Probably not enough. Why should we wait for one day out of the year to tell each other thank you?

Many families struggle when they get together for Thanksgiving or other holidays. We may drink, we fight, we disagree. We’re tired from traveling and working, tempers flare, inappropriate words are said, emotions are fraught. We know each other too well, or not well enough.

Here’s a couple questions for the day.

Who said we had to agree on everything? I propose we can respectfully disagree and still love each other. There is much to be said about civility.

Who said we had to love each other? Hwell, Jesus Christ said it, and his opponents crucified him for his words of love. Though love is about the best idea ever, as when we live in love and gratitude we live in the highest frequencies of our bio-electric bodies. I propose we can treat each other with kindness, if not love.

Who said we had to be kind? Buddha, maybe. Or Gandhi or the Dalai Lama. But why should we not be kind? That’s how we all want to be treated, isn’t it?

This holiday season might be harder than most. We don’t always agree. We have a divided nation from the election results, but let’s not sink to the lowest level that is being tolerated. Let us rise, and treat each other with love and kindness, including ourselves.

As we gather this week, let’s skip the drinks and have the water (grateful for nature’s most precious gift because without water we have no life), forgo the arguments (civil discourse allowed), and extend the hand of kindness and an open heart of love. Let us use only words of love even if we disagree. Every one of us has had a difficult journey. We don’t have to make it harder for each other.

And let’s make a point of telling each other what and who we are thankful for. Use your voice, tell them, show them, take this time, this moment to say it doesn’t matter if we disagree: I love you and I am thankful you are here. You matter.

That said, I’m giving you my thanks: Thank you for reading me.

Thank you for your kind comments.

Thank you for the North American indigenous people who shared their knowledge and kept the newcomers from dying those first few years.

Thank you for loving your families and caring for your children and elders.

Thank you for being critically thinking humans, for caring for our planet and our environment, for standing up against discrimination, bullying, racism, classism, genderism, ableism, ageism, and all the other isms.

Thank you for raising our children to be conscious, to be fully awake to the planet and the needs of the people in the society in which we live.

Thank you for working to make this world and this society a better place in which to live our lives.

Thank you for growing real food in your yard or supporting your local farmers market.

Thank you for taking care of yourself, so needed in the struggle to remain strong in the face of adversity.

Thank you for celebrating the new life of birth and for grieving (a special kind of love) the passing of loved ones.

Thank you for sharing this planet with me.

Thank you for being grateful.

Color Watch – colorful attractions in my neighborhoods this week – My Thanksgiving cactus is blooming just at the right time again. The plant was inherited from my paternal grandmother and I’ve had it for 30 years now since she died. She put two colors in the same pot and they bloom at the same time. Who knows how old it is as she had it many years before I got it. dscn2143

Current View – {These are only my opinions about movies and books, but don’t let me stop you from trying these reviewed items yourself; your opinion may differ.} Still running through the Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow combo. Love me some superheroes. * Me Before You (2016, rated PG – 13) from the novel by Jojo Moyes, about a quadriplegic man and his care giver who fall in love. I’d read the book and thought at the time, oh why did you write the ending like that? But the story belongs to the author and the ending is valid even if it isn’t the one I had wished. The movie closely follows the novel. Get out the hankies. Worth. Every. Tear. Just as the book was.

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Currently ReadingThe Enchanted (2014, fiction) by Rene Denfeld. Oh, how delicate the human psyche is and how easily we destroy it. Ms Denfeld does not look away, but stares straight into the face of the horrors of degradation from the halls of an old prison with some of the most poetic prose I’ve ever read. * The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life ( 2016, sociology) by Anu Partanen. The more I look at Nordic social policies, the more I want change in the United States toward more inclusive care of each other. Inclusive care is not mutually exclusive of self-sufficiency, and it would enable all of us to have more independence.

Solstice is right around the corner and it’s time to choose the Winter Classic. I haven’t given it a speck of thought this year until just right now. Winter Classics are always fiction, which narrows the field a bit. Here are the rules: 1. The title chosen must universally be considered a classic and is likely to be on a list somewhere, like a Pulitzer prize winner, or a Mann Booker winner, or Newberry, or, well, there are so many to chose from. 2. I prefer diverse authors. 3. I haven’t read it before.

Past reads have included Anna Karenina (1873) by Leo Tolstoy (my first, and maybe only, Russian lit): Candide (1759) by Voltaire; Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) by Oscar Wilde; Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Brontë. I want a novel that takes me to a different time and place, a slower language, a world far away from mine. One winter I read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s entire Little House on the Prairie series because I hadn’t read them before. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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This week I have been grateful for:

  • Rain.
  • Sun.
  • The colors green and gray.
  • Art.
  • The art and power of words.
  • History.
  • Stories.
  • Love, gratitude, and kindness.
  • Fresh food.
  • Warm clothing.
  • Rags to poke in the holes of the house that can’t be fixed in other ways. This year anyway. Whatever works until we can apply a better fix.
  • Talking with one of my old aunties this week. I still have three left!
  • You.
  • Water.

Hoping you have a lovely week.

Namaste. Peace. Blessings.

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Floral ribbon border by Laurel Burch

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2 Responses to Gratitude Sunday: Gratitude And Thankfulness

  1. piratesorka says:

    Good words to chew on. An Old Classic that popped in my head was “Tale of Two Cities” By Dickens or Once and Future King ( author I have forgotten) or perhaps some Shakespeare?
    Love you and miss you my dear Kate

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