A Rose among Thorns.

Today’s Gratitude Note opened with these lines: Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns;  I am thankful that thorns have roses.   ~Alphonse Karr~ and gave us this challenge: As you consider gratitude today, think about something that bothers you, irks you, ticks you off. Pause. Can you think of one thing (just one) (but maybe more) that’s actually good about this particular thing? Does it stretch you in some way? Can you accept the thorns in order to celebrate the rose? I couldn’t help but recall those words as I left the polls this afternoon after casting my … Continue reading A Rose among Thorns.

Watercolor Wednesday | Five Minutes.

Thanks to Kat and Bonny, I’ve been following along with Michelle’s Gratitude Week. Today, she’s invited us to Take some time today to step outside or to sit in a favorite spot in your home. Take five minutes (yes, you can carve out five) and get quiet. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, then open your eyes. What delights you, what shakes you, what makes you say oh my? Five minutes. What struck me first when I read those words was that it wouldn’t be hard at all for me to carve out that time. In fact, those minutes … Continue reading Watercolor Wednesday | Five Minutes.