Friday, December 30, 2011

One Word: Gratitude!

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This is MY WORD for 2012.  It was a toss up between this and tenacious but when I ran across this little plaque I knew the word for me was GRATITUDE.

Definition of GRATITUDE

: the state of being grateful : thankfulness

Thank you Fi, Louise and the founder of this cool idea, Abbey of the Arts.

I will have GRATITUDE for anything and everything that I have and what *presents* itself to me in the course of this next year no matter how trivial I may think it is, at the time. There are definete times this past year where I have had pity parties and forget how grateful I should be for everything and everyone in my life.  Forgetful of how much gratitude I should have for being happy, healthy and ALIVE! 

 With this word it made me think about a poem I ran across awhile back and saved for a rainy day.  The rainy day has come because this poem really fits my Word:  GRATITUDE.

Count Your Blessings

I’ve never made a fortune,
and it’s probably too late now.
But I don’t worry about that much,
I’m happy anyhow.

And as I go along life’s way,
I’m reaping better than I sowed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven’t got a lot of riches,
and sometimes the going’s tough.
But I’ve got loving ones all around me,
and that makes me rich enough.
I thank God for his blessings,
and the mercies He’s bestowed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
and the sun peeped through again.
So Lord, help me not to gripe,
about the tough rows I have hoed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage,
When the way grows steep and rough.
I’ll not ask for other blessings,
I’m already blessed enough.
And may I never be too busy,
to help others bear their loads.
Then I’ll keep drinking from my saucer,
‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

When I think of how many people
in this world have it worse than I do.
I realize just how blessed most of us really are.

Author Unknown

What is  your WORD for 2012?

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  1. Fantastic word and fantastic plaque.

    I'm hearing so many stories of families breaking up at the moment and for all our little niggles and the things I worry about I'm sincerely grateful for what I do have.

    Gratitude ... mmm yep, love this word.

    Hope you have a sensational New Years surrounded by your loved ones. Catchya in 2012

  2. Great food for thought! Great choice of word--Gratitude! Not to sound strange, but I'd have to agree with you and choose--Gratitude! Happy New Year1


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