Monday, 14 October 2013

Gratitude William Arther Ward

Gratitude can transform common days into days of thanksgiving, routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. William Arthur Ward

 Awareness gently guiding to consciousness
A Monday holiday
Thank you
Softness of mattress and sheets
The warmth and comfort my beloved arms
Thank you
 Sunshine, a waltz of fall colors
Breakfast with our daughter
Thank you
Couples young and old walking hand in hand
Under the cool autumn sun, free of worry
Thank you

Robert's strong arms
Always willing to help
Thank you
Sorting through books
Remembered gifts from our children
Thank you
 Boxes packed
Thrift store bound
Thank you
Paul who never throws away
The perfect table, space to create
Thank you

The antique service truck still on the road
The smile whenever I see it
Thank you
 Sore back a day of sorting and moving
Hot water, soaker tub
Thank you
Refreshing clean water
From the tap, thirst quenched
Thank you
 Work tomorrow
Early rising
Thank you
by Marjorie Snyder

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say thank you? William Arthur Ward.

William Arthur Ward (1921 to 1994) is one of America's most quoted writers of spiritual verse and author of Fountains of faith.  I encounter his work by happenstance yesterday evening and these two quotes have framed today an ordinary day turned exceptional. 

As grandparents how often do we model and mentor or grandchildren in being grateful? 

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” — Buddha

Grandma Snyder
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