Today on 9/11, I think it is fitting to re-post one of my most popular posts of all time, one that reminds us to be grateful for the little things and for each other. God bless us, our families, and our dirty dishes. We have so much to be grateful for.
THANK GOD FOR DIRTY DISHES; THEY HAVE A TALE TO TELL.
WHILE OTHER FOLKS GO HUNGRY, WE’RE EATING PRETTY WELL.
WITH HOME, AND HEALTH, AND HAPPINESS,
WE SHOULDN’T WANT TO FUSS;
FOR BY THIS STACK OF EVIDENCE,
GOD’S VERY GOOD TO US.
DIRTY DISHES. A Home that needs cleaning, clothes that need washing…a car that needs to be filled with gas. Does it run? Thank God.
I almost lost my home once. A single mother facing the streets with two young children at home, wondering how we would get by. Bankruptcy knocking on the door. There but for the Grace of God goes I. We were spared that nosedive, but we haven’t forgotten. There is much to be grateful for. Do you grumble through the daily grind or see it for the blessing that it is?
NORMAL DAY, LET ME BE AWARE OF THE TREASURE THAT YOU ARE.
Mary Jean Irion
In the midst of hurricanes, flooding, storms, do you praise the sunny day? Do you take a moment to see the changing leaf, the deeper green of the blade of grass, the singing of the bird as the winds die down and the clouds part? The returning of the daily task, the normal day-so taken for granted?
Do you walk with alert eyes to all that is around you, absorbing the brilliance? Are your ears open to the laughter, to the friendship, to the wisdom that the world has to share with you?
IF YOU LET YOURSELF BE ABSORBED COMPLETELY, IF YOU SURRENDER COMPLETELY TO THE MOMENTS AS THEY PASS, YOU WILL LIVE MORE RICHLY THOSE MOMENTS.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
When you woke up this morning were you able to say you were:
Breathing fresh air through nostrils that aren’t stuffed up? Able to walk upright on legs and knees and backs that don’t wrench and ache and scream in pain? Broadcasting thoughts that stream through heads not racked with shooting arrows from migraines? Cancer free? That your family was too?
If so…then you are among the luckiest people in the world.
BEING ABLE TO BE GRATEFUL FOR HEALTH…in all flavors…IS SUCH A BLESSING…and yet, day after day somehow we forget…because we get busy.
So for today, I offer up this vow. Join me if you want to.
On this day, let me take joy in my moments. Let me take joy in the privilege of my tasks and my chores. With every dish I wash, may I remember to be grateful for the food that was served from it. May I remember those who wait for food that has no dish, no table to sit around. May my prayers be for those more in need than myself and for gratitude for the abundance that I have already been given. May I sing for joy for the health that I have and not focus on the ailments that I have been given. Might I remember that for every ache, there is someone who suffers more and I can turn my energy toward helping those whose needs are greater than my own. HELP ME TO REMEMBER THAT THE ONLY MOMENT THAT I HAVE TO GIVE AND RECEIVE FOR CERTAIN IS THIS VERY ONE AT HAND AND TO SQUANDER IT IS TO WASTE A PRECIOUS GIFT THAT WILL NEVER COME AGAIN.
May I be filled with gratitude, joy, love and happiness until I overflow into a river of abundance that can fill the earth so that we may all understand its glory.
Every day is a choice. No matter what happens out there we still have the opportunity to get up each day and see a sink full of dirty dishes or a home full of blessings. What will you choose?
WHAT THE CATERPILLAR CALLS THE END OF THE WORLD, THE MASTER CALLS A BUTTERFLY
I wish you many blessings today, joy in every opportunity and the sun in every face you see.
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