Thursday, November 3, 2011

Simple Gifts & Gratitude

This fall I have experienced a renewing of my spirit through simple gifts that nature has bestowed upon me. 

I've watched trees don brilliant gowns of orange, red, and yellow.  Though rain fell heavy and the wind blew hard I found pleasure in watching leaves soar high before finding peace on the soft earth. There's been backyard hot dog roasting over an open fire and sticky s'more eating.   Then for one evening the world turned magical as children came a knocking for treats.

I found myself lost in writing, once again, as I continue working on my first fiction novel determined to submit it to be published...somewhere...somehow.

How easy it is to take for granted the simple gift of walking until a knee is injured and walking from one room to the next brings tears of pain  and frustration. And what elation when that knee bends with only a twinge of discomfort.   

 I am grateful for these small gifts and like diamonds on a leaf each one holds a treasure trove of wonder and possibilities.  
Fall rains bring diamonds on leaves

Throughout November I'm planning gratitude posts much like the gratitude journal suggested by Sara Ban Breathnach in her book Peace and Plenty. She says, "The gratitude journal is a polite, daily thank you note to the Universe."  Although I won't be posting daily gratitude thoughts, I will at least once a week. 
Have a wonderful fall day and a may you find grace in your November days!


  1. Love the delightful warmth of the leaf and the droplets on it. Happy writing :)
    Happy day, a smile from Italy!

  2. Thanks Kia! You always leave such sweet comments.

  3. I always say I'm going to start a gratitude journal but never stick w/ it. I have plenty of blank notebooks. I'll have to start again tonight but stick w/ it this time!!

  4. What a beautiful sentiment Teresa! I think I'll join you now and then in posting gratitude. It's so easy to forget how blessed we are, isn't it? And such a beautiful photo from you too. Lovely thoughts and words.

  5. You photograph is amazing. Thank you for sharing it.
    Keep on writing and say if you need encouragement. For me, writing is essential to living and so I wish you well over this fall and winter ... and many fruitful words.

  6. What an awesome shot. The interplay of light, water, and color is beautiful.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

  7. Hello and welcome, Darryl & Ruth. Thank you for leaving such a thoughtful comment.

    BTW...Williamsburg is a wonderful place!

  8. Nice! It's so good to stop on occasion and really appreciate all the great, simple things in life, especially when so many of the best things are free.

  9. I'm so happy that you are working on a book. Good for you!

    As you mentioned, the beauty of the trees has been a huge source of pleasure and solace to me this autumn. I seem to love trees more and more the older I get.

    Thanks so much for your kind words, Teresa. x

  10. Dear Bee...thank you for stopping by for a visit. Oh yes, I've enjoyed every aspect of trees in fall, even the swirling, twirling leaves that tumble down with each gust of wind.

    You're so welcome. *hugs*


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