On this day, the mist settled over the area like a protective blanket adding a very mystical and fantasy appeal. I was conscious to walk softly along the paths as to not disturb the reverence that abided there.
Sweet Springs Nature Preserve is a charming protected habitat of about 10 acres near where the two small towns of Baywood Park and Los Osos meet. There is a natural fresh-water pond within just a few feet of the nearby saltwater Morro Bay estuary.
Reflecting back on that day at Sweet Springs was again another reminder of how very fortunate I am. How very grateful I am for living where I do. How very grateful and thankful I am for so many, many things in my life. And it is during this time as we approach Thanksgiving that we all are encouraged to be thankful for our blessings. When in reality, blessings should be counted every day.
Last night when I snuggled into bed, I reached for a small book I hadn't picked up for some time....Oprah's "What I know For Sure". When I opened the book, it immediately opened to "It's not easy being grateful all the time. But it's when you feel least thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: perspective. Just knowing you have that daily list (gratitude list) to complete allows you to look at your day differently, with an awareness of every sweet gesture and kind thought passed your way. When you learn to say thank you, you see the world anew. And as Meister Eckhart so eloquently stated: If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is 'Thank you,' that would suffice."
So, I am challenging you to make a list of 5 things you are grateful for this day and say "thank you". If we all live our days with our eyes and hearts wide open, we, too, can see the miracles that touch our lives each and every day.
Here are 5 things I am grateful for today:
1. A loving and supportive husband of almost 30 years
2. The priviledge of still being in my pajamas at noon on a Saturday
3. Good health
4. Good friends and soul sisters
5. The freedom to explore my art every day