Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Like A Sonata


I'd like to think that our thoughts of gratitude waft up like a sweet song or melody which finds its way to God's ears. Do you think the angels might sing along when we share our joy and thanks for all the gifts we've been given? So many gifts, even on those days we think it's not much?

I want to see afresh the goodness and beauty I enjoy in my life every single day. The people, the treasures and simple pleasures, the creative pieces I get to enjoy from the hands of artists and creators... all there ready for me to savor, taste, cozy up in, listen to, watch, read, snuggle with.

Marcel Proust once said: "Let us be grateful for those who give us happiness; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls bloom."

So I started a list of some of the gifts I enjoy. I'd like to take some time to ponder and then think grateful thoughts for them.  This could prove a most enlightening experience:

  • 10 bloggers who contribute something lovely into your life;

  • 5 things you're grateful for even though you don't own it;

  • 5 things you're grateful for that you recently acquired;

  • 3 things that make your heart sing;

  • 7 things about your body you've taken for granted but are thankful for;

  • 6 affirmations people have shared with you;

  • 4 books or quotes that have given you cheer or direction at the right time;

  • 5 places that give you a sense of joy, peace, or contentment;

  • 5 things in nature that you enjoy;

  • 5 things about your spouse, kids, or pets you love;

  • 10 foods or meals you love and appreciate;

  • 5 songs or pieces of music for which you are thankful;

  • 10 commodities and services in your community you'd miss if they were gone;

  • 10 people who serve in your community making your life easier, better, more enjoyable;

  • 5 things you're thankful for about your mom or dad;

  • 5 lessons you've appreciated learning in your lifetime.

Wishing you a thoughtful day,


  1. Wow ! You are very sweet !!! and This is a very nice list
    and Thank you to make a wonderful comment for me.
    Hugs to you

  2. Now that would require a lot of thought and I only have so much brain power left. ☺

    An excellent exercise, which I shall add to my journal for further reflection.

  3. that's a long list but good food for thought

  4. What a lovely idea! I will do this for my blog tomorrow! How challenging to think of all these wonderful gifts in my life!

  5. Thanks for your comment on my blog, Brenda. I'll let you know about the DVD on Hildegard...I don't believe I've ever heard any of her music.

    You've come up with a very comprehensive list here...requiring lots of thought. We do have so very much to be thankful for and questions like these help us realize that.

  6. This is a really good list and has things you would not often think of. I love making all kinds of lists, it actually calms me down. But lately it seems I need a list to find my other lists! I love the Proust quote and have saved it! Thanks for a thought provoking post today!

  7. Mmmmm.... maybe a list of this nature would help for those 'sleepless in Seattle' kinda nights. Kind of like counting sheep, only it's blessings and gifts we're tracking. (They should trip as they jump over the proverbial fence -- hee hee).

  8. What a wonderful sentiment ~ I do think the angels sing along with us. I am a big believer in gratitude journals and this is a wonderful exercise. :)

  9. My tired brain was racing as I read down through your interesting list, and I sure do look forward to having you share your answers to these most thought provoking questions. What a great post!

  10. Hi Brenda, I just love your post today. This is one I am going to come back to and reread and ponder. Life is so much brighter, and happier when we are truly thankful and look at everything with a grateful heart. This is such a good reminder! Thank you! Have a lovely evening ahead. Delisa :)

  11. What a great list. I'm going to copy it for future ponderings.


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