To all my followers: thank you!

I couldn’t do this without you. Thank you for reading and following. That is such a compliment and I am humbled and grateful because you chose to follow me. Thank you for sharing my site with your friends on Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter and Tumblr and Google+.

Bless you all. You are all my tribe.

Blue skies

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”
― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden


(photo by the Gypsy Girl (that would be me!)

Today I spent outside. It is an unseasonably warm 60 degrees in November in one of the snowiest places on earth.  You bet I was outside walking the trail and thinking about all the things to be thankful for.   This won’t be a long blog post.  What I have to say is really very simple:  Being grateful for what you have will change your life.  Practice gratitude.

Perhaps it is too easy in a world that seems to be progressively meaner that we become caught up in gossip, bitterness and what we do not have.  There is good to be found in every situation, no matter how bad it is.   Sometimes people have to lose everything to be able to see what really matters–to be alive, to experience blue skies;  soft breezes and sunshine, to be able to walk, or  talk.  To have a job at all.  To have a heart that gives to others and has empathy for others.   For our children, our parents, our siblings, our grandparents, our pets.  For our friends.   You don’t need a lot of friends.  You only need one good one who likes and loves you just as you are.

We know these things cerebrally.   We need to know them in our heart.   Practice giving, no matter how small.  A smile will do.  A smile is love extended to a stranger.   Find a charity and give anonymously.

A small act of kindness has a way of travelling on to others and making this cold, cruel, self-involved world a better place.

I love you dear reader.  Whatever your problems, there is always a silver lining.  Look for it.  I promise you it is there.