Three Thanks A Week

Share your gratitude, once a week in three easy bites

October 7 Missing September

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Stealthy September slipped softly, swiftly, sweetly by. It’s okay thought, we shared good times and remarkable sunrise and sunsets together.

Despite my musical misgivings, I really do like October and today I am thankful for …

.. an overnight rain shower serenade.

.. a very helpful Amazon customer service rep that kept me from going over the edge on such a simple thing.

.. time to share a beautifully crafted story with good friends.

 

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October 7, 2013 at 8:15 am

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August 27 Chaos

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I’ll be honest, yesterday was lousy. Not the typical – oh, it’s Monday – lousy, but a chaotic storm of, pardon the phrase, “WTF”. (And no, I am not talking about twerking.) It’s hard to find gratitude in a steeping soup of chaos. You have to swirl your spoon around – a  lot – and hope little bits pop up.

Yesterday, and today, I am thankful …

.. for leftovers,  tea that’s already made, and clean sheets – the things that you don’t have to think about making, or doing, when your mind is not at rest.

.. for a fits-on-one-hand count-down to an escape.

.. for that pesky chaos – lest it not drown us in our soup.

 

For what are you thankful?

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August 27, 2013 at 7:52 am

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August 19 Music

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But if there were no music, then I would not get through. I don’t know why I know these things, but I do.  
– “I Don’t Know Why”, Shawn Colvin

I am running late this morning, I have a Brandi Carlile playlist cranked up which is supposed to make me “go faster” – it works in the car! – but instead of rapidly pulling myself and my stuff together for the long Monday ahead I have been taking a really long shower, singing Hallelujah (hoarsely) into a hairbrush and making numerous, and wholly unnecessary outfit changes.

And, I am happy to be running late.

Today I am thankful for the singers, songwriters, soul-spilling music makers and their every oscillation.

For what are you thankful?

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August 19, 2013 at 11:01 am

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August 12th Discovery

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I thought I could abandon Three Thanks since I *thought* I had learned the habit of gratitude.  That was true, for the most part .. okay no, it was true for the minor part.  What I discovered for myself over the last 8 months is that gratitude fuels my happiness super power. It fends off a seemingly unending supply of kryptonite-esque doubt, and fear, and other icky stuff.

So today, I am getting my three thanks back. Go ahead. You can plug in too if you want – it’s a clean, sustainable energy source.

I am thankful ..

…  in a little over a year from now I’ll be traveling with dear friends into a hot dust bowl of delight – making new discoveries about myself.

… for something called “Eggtoberfest” and the joy it brings, even before it happens.

… for a semi-stray kitten and her semi-sassy attitude.

 

For what are you thankful?

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August 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

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December 17 Reflection

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There are not enough candles to light every corner darkened by the last few days, but the light in our collective soul must not be snuffed out.

Today I am thankful for the warm embrace of friends, for the gentle spirit of my life, and for moments of reflection.

For what are you thankful?

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December 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

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December 10 Frailty

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If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one
Drying in the colour of the evening sun
Tomorrow’s rain will wash the stains away
But something in our minds will always stay

Perhaps this final act was meant
To clinch a lifetime’s argument
That nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could
For all those born beneath an angry star
Lest we forget how fragile we are

On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are how fragile we are

On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are how fragile we are
How fragile we are how fragile we are

Today I am thankful for connections, however fragile, to wonderful people. Take flight, Lalo. We will find you on the other side.

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December 10, 2012 at 9:09 am

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December 3 Stockings

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“As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armour themselves against wonder. ”
― Leonard Cohen, The Favorite Game

The weather has been in a word, balmy. We could have driven the entire day with the top down on what felt like the perfect September day – in December. We tossed a dash of pine onto the mantel to trick ourselves into thinking “Baby, it’s cold outside.”

Today I am thankful for

.. knit stockings.

.. fresh pine garland.

.. and little Santas carved from soft blocks of wood.

For what are you thankful?

Written by Grace

December 3, 2012 at 7:19 am

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