gratitude week :: day one

the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness

these wool blankets upon which i sit most mornings and this soft, knitted-by-my-mom shawl which i drape about my shoulders…time spent breathing deeply and with intention

certain messes around our home…appreciating that there is still some overlap in play with my son (13) and my daughter (9)…i know these days are numbered and so i try to sink into them, witness them, tuck their sweetness into my heart

sweaters and hot cups of tea to warm my chilled body on a blustery autumn day

certain corners of our home which hold pieces of those i love…gifts or totems which catch my eye (and my heart) as i pass by

sending  a little love your way, m


it’s gratitude week.
pick your favorite way(s) to play along:

1. share your gratitudes on instagram with the hashtag #gratitudeweek_2014
2. leave a comment sharing your gratitudes in the comments below 
3. if you have a blog, write a post and share a link to your post in the comments below
4. send me an email…i love them, i read them, i respond to them all. your voice, your presence matters. xo
5. reflect privately at home
6. sign up for gratitude notes



21 thoughts on “gratitude week :: day one

  1. Michelle, right in this moment, I am thankful for Autumn finally arriving here…….My son and his sweet girlfriend (she’s a nanny pro) helping with our grandson the next two days so this Yaya can catch up on desperately needed me-time…….David taking vacation time to declutter for my health and spirit.

  2. Thank you again michellegd… I looked forward to this…I just posted for today…I love the little bits of your day. You always make me smile.

  3. this is the best time of the year and for that I am grateful. The leaves dropping or dropped, the chill, the warm cups of tea, and walks with my husband and dog. Oh yay!

  4. Lovely list.
    A load of dry firewood, delivered and stacked
    A soft, long sleeve tee shirt in my favorite color
    My list with half of my chores already crossed off
    Dinner cooking in the crock pot, the smell making
    me hungry
    Clear, cloudless blue skies and a cool breeze
    It’s a great start to the week.

  5. I agree with others comments, so much already in these few hours to be grateful for. Walking this morning with gratitude in my awareness and seeing how much I have and am grateful for. My “thank you” , today, is for you, Michelle, your lovely spirit and presence in my life. xo

  6. Each fall, I look forward to this space, this opportunity to stop and think and thank. Fall is my best season, the time when the weather better reflects my personality, moving from extroverted sunshine to a more modest and introverted shadowing of color and light. But this fall, this “now,” the shadows for me feel dark and dangerous. A friend, a good friend, has left, turned, given up on me, and I grieve. So today, I assert a tender thankfulness for A. I know that her criticism is the occasion of self-reflection, not self-defense. Today, I am thankful that as I touchdown in the stuff of everyday life, I can be wide open to criticism, and like the season whose nature I embrace, I too can learn, transform, change, and yield.


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