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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Gratitude


 Sometimes

like lately

when I tend to dwell on what's wrong

instead of everything that is so right in my life

I look outside

and see this

just beyond my window


 As far as the eye can see, this is our property

Such beauty!

And I so often look past it, seeing only shadows rather than light


My sweet friend Suzanne
of
Privet and Holly
  has a remarkably poignant, thought-provoking post up today
and it really got me thinking

About gratitude

and possibilities

and choices we make

and how beauty is all around us

and sometimes...

even within

Please go pay Suzanne a visit

Read this amazing post

and follow her beautiful blog

She's the writer I want to be when if I grow up!



37 comments:

tara said...

That is your property?? Really? seriously? I think I need to build a guest house in the back of your property just for us bloggers to come and visit you!! Absolutely beautiful....and my dear you are a lovely writer, don't short change yourself! :)

C. Dianne Zweig said...

Thanksfor the link to Growing Young, it was worth the visit, Dianne

Morning T said...

Great post Anne and yes, Suzanne's post was so inspiring today. She just has a way with words.
Love your beautiful image and your new header picture.
I need all the inspiration I can get right now.
Hugs~
T

Beth A. said...

Wonderful post. I like the clock on your header. Looks like it might be from one of your cubbies??? P.S. We hope you don't grow up! Stay just the way you are! :)

beth said...

I can't wait to check it out!

Pamela said...

Hi Anne!

Your property is beautiful. It's so funny that you should do a post on gratitude. Just this morning my husband and i were walking our dog along the ocean and i was complaining...he said Pam how can you complain? Look were you are! And i stopped and felt ashamed and said yes i am very lucky to live by the ocean and to be here with you and our Pilot girl.
Thanks Anne and to my hubby we all need reminders!

Thanks for the compliment about the new look to my blog!

Pamela xo

hometown girl said...

i love suzanne she's a doll. you are so right about gratitude but when things get tough it's hard to remember.......have a nice night anne :) susan

Rebecca said...

Worth the visit to your friend...profound.

Now...you are a writer and I love the way you do it. :)

Second...the frame thingy on the tree is a Calender Holder. Did you know that? I once managed a shoppe called CURRENT and we sold them along with their calendars. :)

Thanks for the link.

xoRebecca

Love the Decor! said...

What a wonderful post!! thank you for sharing her with us!!!

Linda said...

Thanks, Anne...it was a lovely post...I am trying hard to LIVE my life and find joy in every day! So often we are always planning for something in the future instead of living in the present and life just flies by!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

What a fabulous view. LOVE that video!!!! I am on my way over to check out the post. Enjoy your evening:)
~Debra
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Privet and Holly said...

Anne, YOU are a beautiful writer and even more importantly, a beautiful person, both inside AND out! Your property is amazing! My current mantra is to be MINDFUL of all the beauty that surrounds us ~ the big and the small things ~ and your home looks to be smack dab in the middle of someplace very special. And, you posted one of my all-time favorite songs, which I am so loving, at this moment! You are MY Elizabeth Bennett heroine, sweet friend. Thank you for being YOU! xx P&H

sissie said...

Hi Anne,
What a beautiful view from your window. Your surroundings are amazing and so peaceful.

I'll go to her blog and read her post. Thanks for sharing.

hugs
Sissie

clustres said...

Beautiful land, Anne! Love your new header...as always! Now I'm going over to your friend's post.
Thanks,

DustyLu said...

What a sight! I am blessed and grateful, I try and tell myself daily. Its hard. We do get caught up sometimes. But, life has its way of getting our attention doesnt it? Have a wonderful day. ~lulu

Jane said...

Gorgeous property! Mother Nature paints the prettiest pictures.
I'm really enjoying your different header photos. Your photography is beautiful.
Jane

Julie said...

What a beautiful view, Anne...I think we all do that, you know...

I love Suzanne and her beautiful blog! She always makes me happy!

So do you...even when you're having a tough time, you write so beautifully and share such lovely images...thank-you, Anne!

Olive Cooper said...

You have a truly spectacular view Anne. To have an attitude of gratitude is not always easy. Much like praying for contentment...that's a biggie for me. Suzanne's post...well it was stunning and moving...so much in there to say.
hugs♦olive♦

Petite Michelle Louise said...

what a beautiful view..what a way to change your mood...what a way to see the world! sigh...

Debra@Common Ground said...

Your land is beautiful Anne, and I read the P&H post. really wonderful sentiment. she's a great writer.
love ya,
Debra

gina3 said...

Gorgeous picture of your land. That's one reason why I'm a Texan. Anywhere you live in the state, you can drive a short distance outside of a city and see the beautiful scenery. You are so blessed to live on it everyday!

June said...

Hi Anne, I just love Suzanne. She is such a wonderful new friend and I love her writing as well. I will pop over there right now to read her post. Your land is gorgeous and something to be grateful for. Anne while I don't have a DSLR, I used to shoot (before digital) with an SLR. I didn't want the interchangeable lens at this poit in my life, since I no longer shoot portraits of prople, but I do have a real nice digital that I shoot with now that has some awesome settings and a lot of options on it. It was priced right at about 450 dollars when I bought it a couple of years ago.
hugs

Chickens in the Basement said...

I love your view. We all need to find the beauty in our own back yards! I'm reminding myself of Dorothy and I didn't even have to get smacked by a tornado to appreciate it!

Lisa said...

Oh Great post! I love the song! I am headed over to check out the blog you mentioned! I am grateful for a lot and try to be everyday!
Hugs, Lisa

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Anne,

What a wonderful view from your window, that is gorgeous and such a big property. Must be great to play out there with your dogs.
We do have so much to be thankful for, and we need to appreciate the little things.
Love your new header and clock face.

Enjoy the rest of the week, sweet friend.
Hugs
Carolyn

Whimsey Creations said...

Thanks for reminding me that the glass is half full and I should look at it that way. A little hard for me to do these days. Hugs!

Theresa said...

Beautiful! It is the beauty right before our eyes that we miss sometimes:) Enjoy your day my sweet friend! HUGS!

Shirley said...

The view from your window looks so inviting to just to go for a walk on a nice summer day or spring. I would like some warmer weather. I enjoy reading your blog so please don't sell yourself short in your writing. I have certain ones that I like to visit. I have been gone for a long weekend. We had an enjoyable trip even for the rain. We know that we can travel to Branson from home and have doctors there that work with our doctors if we run into a problem.
I could take a few days just to sit and look out your window anytime. You have a wonderful day.

Anji Johnston said...

I needed a bit of inspiration today so thank you. I want to live on your property please. I will be very good and you won't even know I live there. Could you please have another giveaway and include a weekend in your garden? I will even bring my own tent!! Thanks for such a lovely, refreshing post everyday!

AllyJo said...

Awww...my friend, I came over to tell you I finally got my post up with my Kerrville Trash. LOL I talked about being thankful...then I see your picture and it makes me want to cry. I wish I was there. I wish I was more content. I'm working on it. I need be more thankful and not always wish I was some where else. It's a hard thing for a Texan to pull off, but you inspired me. Thanks and hugs!

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Anne ~
Your property is beautiful ~ Yes we are truly blessed and it is a good reminder to be thankful ~
xoxo
Lori

Tina said...

thanks for introducing Suzanne and her blog to me Anne. Her post today was fabulous!! I love seeing your changing headers, they are all gorgeous:) I also love the photos of your property, you live in such a beautiful place Anne. Hope you are having a wonderful week. Big hugs lovely lady ~ Tina xx

Lululiz said...

Beautiful view, surely it makes your heart sing seeing it in all its glory.
Thank you for pointing me to that wonderful post, it was beautiful.

A Cottage Muse said...

Plenty of room for the Fiona & Twig fan club!!

Tracy Suzanne said...

You're property is just gorgeous. It reminds me of a safari retreat. I know exactly what you mean. I've been very bad about seeing what's wrong and not what's right. The pure natural nature of your property is spectacular. Sometimes we have to see our blessings through someone else's eyes.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Riki Schumacher said...

Your picture is lovely, and you are a great writer! Aren't we lucky? Gratitude for sure. Riki

Debby said...

HI Anne,
What a wonderful post. I think your property is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your friends link.
debby

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