I started a blog of kind on The Church of the Legacy Website (www.churchofthelegacy.net) and thought I might also share this musing here.
REV. NANCY'S NOODLES
Warning! Nancy's noodles is NOT a cooking blog. They are little ideas and things that noodle in my head and I'd like to share with you.
Today's subject: GRATITUDE.
Did you ever notice that when you feel gratitude it feels like your heart is swelling up in your chest? I got thinking about this this morning as I sat outside on my back porch watching the dogs sniffing the grass . It was so quiet. The sun was just coming up. The birds were singing their different tunes. I saw butterflies floating by on the breeze . And I thought I have so much to be grateful for. And that's when I got that feeling, feeling that my heart was swelling. Feeling of joy.
Like many of you, I don't always feel that gratitude and joy. I get bogged down in the "not haves" . It's not material stuff. I don't lack for that. It's the life events that other people have and I have not. Of wanting to be somewhere else and sometimes feeling stuck. And I can get mired down in it. Have you ever had those days?
But then in a morning like this one or even late at night when I've got the dogs out and I'm sitting on the steps looking up at the sky filled with stars, I feel that gratitude , I feel that joy. I think about all the things that I've been blessed with. I have a wonderful family that loves me and I love them. I have wonderful friends who love and support me and I love and support them. I have my darling "kids" my Griffy and my Sammy and my Charlie and Izzy. They're my four-footed and feathered family. I have my sweet little house and my thriving gardens. My health, well, it's getting better.
And when I take all of those things in , I think there's so much to be grateful for. So much to be happy about. I know I'm where I'm meant to be right now. I don't want it to be a fleeting thought or feeling. I want to stay there. I want to stay in the place my heart feels full. It won't always be easy. Stuff will come up in life, it always does.
But what if we take a moment each morning and each night, before we started our day and before going to bed at night, just to sit in simple silence and think about all the wonderful things we really do have to be grateful for? We would go through our day with a happy heart and lay our heads down to sleep at night peaceful and content . Isn't that a nice way to be? Just my noodle for today.