Writing from a thankful place

Thanksgiving2014_3233_560wIt’s no exaggeration for me to say I have MILLIONS of things to be thankful for. I shared some of those in last week’s Thanksgiving Top 5 post, but I saved a special one to focus on this week: the LifeLines office I moved into this year.

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It is a comfortable space, painted in calming-yet-refreshing greens, with plenty of natural light even on gray November days.
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The view out the western window is rustic and colorful, and I’ve enjoyed watching the seasons change in the few months I’ve been here.
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I found this piece of artwork in a furniture store and bought it because it reminds me of both faithfulness and creativity. Florida, family, a poem called “Sand Castles,” and a small rock given to me by a leader I respect—this artwork sparks memories of all that.
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My little dog also finds the LifeLines office to be a comfortable place for meditating, collaborating, and hoping it’s dinner time, and I am thankful for his (mostly) quiet company.

So yes, I am writing from a thankful place this year. And while I am thankful for the physical space, and the view, and the surroundings, I hope that my inner place of thankfulness is not dependent on these outer blessings. With poet-priest George Herbert, I say:

“O Thou who hast given me so much, mercifully grant me one thing more—a grateful heart.”

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

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