Monday, 21 March 2016

Gratitiude - A Life Long Journey

Local Railway Station

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak. — Mary Oliver

Today is World Poetry Day so it seemed apt to have an excerpt from a poem as my quote for the day. This is post number 27 for my marathon blog and I feel a huge sense of achievement and personal satisfaction in having completed it. I am very grateful for all the kind words of support and encouragement and, of course, for the donations to Invest in ME and Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you, thank you.

The poem speaks to me of noticing what is around us. Not simply looking for what is obviously beautiful or good, but developing an appreciation of all that is. Learning to paint with watercolours was quite an enlightening experience; without the shades of dark and shadow the painting has no depth. The spaces between objects are as important as the objects themselves. Most of the time we don’t truly stop and look, stop and listen, stop and consider. We are too busy with what comes next or who speaks the loudest.

I have learnt to value quiet even more since having ME and developing noise sensitivity. Yes, in the silence I hear differently and yes even the stones have colour and shape and a beauty all their own. I hope that each of you have found something more of the beauty and richness in your life, as I have, undertaking this journey 'On Gratitude' which doesn’t stop now.

It seems fitting to finish just before Easter, a celebration of spring, of new life, warmer days, and the culmination of the Lent journey for many, the Passover for those who are Jewish. There is beauty in this moment in time. There is the essence of life and this moment in your life will not come again. Some call it being mindful, others living in the present. Being thankful for this moment, for this time of being and not doing, this miracle of life.

Today I leave you with the challenge to make thankfulness a part of your daily life and as you do so why not turn it into something practical? Whether it is simply saying ‘thank you’ to someone each day, learning to be more appreciative of what is around us and taking more care of the environment, or maybe helping someone with ME or cancer by being there for them or maybe fundraising, just do it!

If you would like more ideas on living thankfully take a look at this website -

And if you would like to donate to either of my two two charities then please click on the relevant Justgiving link on the top right of this page. Thank you.

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