Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Gratefulness


Gratefulness is so powerful. It really is. It is also an event, an occurrence, a type of other world experience when it hits you with all its undeniable evidence.

Yesterday it slammed into me with such force it was almost more than I could comprehend. I was driving, out much earlier in the morning than normal, headed to take care of a task that has become somewhat arduous, and with lots of other nagging little things on my mind. My route though was taking me past parts of the city that were a part of my childhood, adolescence and early adulthood and the memories began to flow.

One by one I thought of what had been a part of my life as opposed to what might have been. I was so keenly aware of the love, of the favor, of the opportunities, of the kindness, of the grace, of the support, and so very much more. And as those thoughts cascaded the floodgates of gratefulness were thrust open and I saw how much I had truly to be thankful for from the moment I was born.

That journey to gratefulness was priceless. My pulse raced, the tears fell, and the praise arose. The more I thought, the more clear the minute details of my every little blessing became to me. How they all were as opposed to how they all might have been.

Having taken that powerful journey once I know I'll never take my life's blessings for granted again, and I pray I'll be able to retrace my travel to gratefulness time and time and time again. It changes things.

5 comments:

Shelia said...

Peggy, what heartfelt words. It echos what I heard Rev Joel Olsteen say about focusing on the positive things in your life--we have been blessed.

Peggy said...

Shelia, thanks for responding. I love Joel and it is good to know we are focusing simultaneously on this.

mister jim said...

Hi Peggy! I'll peek
in now and then. I have schemes
for encouraging the muse, but I
also volunteer too much blather,
but if you want to see if something
resonates, I'll be around. I am
learning how rare and valuable good
souls are, so I'm glad I found
you in Pris's links.

Peggy said...

So great to hear from you Jim! You have always been one of my favorite people and favorite poets!

Celestyne said...

Gratefulness is so powerful. It really is. It is also an event, an occurrence, a type of other world experience when it hits you with all its undeniable evidence....

As I got to the end of this writing by Peggy, I felt as though I had been awakened and suddenly there was clarity. Thank you. Celestyne