Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Living Gratefully...


To be honest, only in the last 5 years, or so, have I truly understood what being grateful means, and how, I believe, it is the key to our happiness. Of course, I thought I understood, and I would make myself believe that I was grateful, but I still had the case of "the wants" that I could not shake...Most of the wants were all things that I thought would make me happy. Having this, having that, wanting more...Thinking that the little fantasy life that I was creating in my head, was the only thing that would make me happy. I finally learned, that my life will never be that fantasy. When I was able to let that go, it was a HUGE relief, because I could finally see all the little, wonderful things around me. I could finally see, what I was not seeing. I thought happiness was so much harder than it is...It's not...It is a choice to be grateful, or not, and GRATEFULNESS is the key to HAPPINESS. It is as simple as that. I have found it is the littlest of things that we should be focusing on...The light of the moon, the taste of a freshly buttered pumpkin-maple biscuit, a child's eyes Christmas morning, our health, our loved ones health, etc.


I started this blog in April, and I cannot believe how wonderful the whole experience has been...
For all of you who follow this blog...THANK YOU....I know you don't have to, and sometimes I still can't believe I have any followers at all....Another thing I am truly grateful for...

Happy Thanksgiving....


This photo is of one of the many struggling American Farmer's during the great depression...
Amazing and rare Photo's Via - America in color- from 1939-1943
These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

5 comments:

heidi said...

Lovely thoughts!

ceo said...

What a wonderful post.. being grateful is the key to happiness...... I feel the same way about blogging I am so grateful for blogging and the people that read my blog.... the whole blogosphere has been super inspiring to me.....

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.....

xxx
CEO

Ruby said...

So true, everything. I wish I was as honest with myself...
That’s why your blog is so refreshing, it shows us all what we can overlook, the sensuality ,texture and scents that exists all around us- and its free! Thank you for showing us, and creating new and exciting worlds for us all. Of course life is never easy, but your blog makes one live in the moment with all the sincerity and excitement- I have yet to see anything like it.It is truly a rare gem I am thankful to have come across. It reminds one of the true meaning of “Art,” that it is ok to “feel deeply and think.”
I also try to make “gratitude” my religion, have to keep reminding myself though lol. Ok, I don’t know if I made sense, but this place is awesome!!! Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Jennifer Ament said...

Thanks Ruby...:)

24 Corners said...

You are a very wise girl! This is a lovely and thoughtful post...it's keeping the Thanksgiving feeling alive for me!

I recently read this quote...
"A multitude of small delights constitutes happiness" ~Baudelaire

Great minds and all...
xo J~

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