“Bless the World with Your Eyes
There is a beautiful practice in Jewish tradition of blessing the day. In this worldview, each act becomes worthy of blessing. Gratitude is offered for the gift of every moment: upon awakening, when crossing a threshold, eating a meal, lighting candles. The Talmud calls for 100 blessings each day.
This act of blessing is really a special way of paying attention. It is a moment of remembering wonder as our primary response to the world. It is an act of consecrating the day.”
-Christine Valters Paintner
Abbey of the Arts
note: Quotation taken from Abbey of the Arts,
read more: blessings
“…total absorption and complete absorption in the present moment is available to us all when we choose to let gratitude wash over us uninhibitedly.”
-M. J. Ryan, Attitudes of Gratitude
note: photos taken from the bank of Napa River where I passed by during my walk. It’s low tide.Today is cloudy and 65 degrees. My iPhone says I walked10,900 steps.
“I have to live in the richest, deepest, most productive way I can…I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude.”
note: Oliver Sacks wrote an article in the NY Times after finding out his ocular melanoma has metastasized to his liver.
“To be given life
would have been sufficient.”
But I’m also given time
help fix my neighbor’s leaky roof
remove someone else slivers,
share someone else tears,
delight in irises, chrysanthemums,
and I can love,
offer my hands
the tiny and the bold
the straw and the rocks
the mountain strewn with clouds
why do I “feel
content” when I behold
the natural order?
I walk with gratitude
in minutiae of things
even when the sea is faraway.
Inspired by Heather’s
the lemon tree
bows with gratitude
photo: from our daughter’s backyard
On Sunday night we woke up with water dripping on our bed from the ceiling.
The leak came not from the roof but from the hot water tank located at the attic. The plumber removed the water tank Monday,Christmas eve, and will replace it tomorrow. The rain continued today and we had no hot water.
We are thankful this year, the past years, for everything.
(photo taken this morning: birds at our daughter’s backyard)