Have you ever taken five minutes to just look around and feel grateful? Have you really soaked it all in, taken a good look at your surroundings and then let even the things you pass by every day surprise you by their beauty?
I’ve been inspired to do so by Kim from So Many Places. She began sitting down weekly with this idea in mind, then writing down her thoughts and posting them on her blog. She asks others to join her in a declaration of gratitude, so below is mine, written on a walk in Sisters, Oregon as I sat looking at the Three Sisters Mountains.
Thank you for the snowy mountains, sapphire blue lakes and friendly people that make up the beautiful state I’m proud to call home: Oregon. Thank you for allowing me to love my home, and to love to leave it all the same.
Thank you for coffee in the brisk morning of a sunshine day, for the men and women who pick the cherries and those who roast them to perfection. Thank you for an abundance of healthy food on the table each day, for the farmers who continue to provide it and for the childhood I had growing up in a wheat field. Thank you for deliciously handcrafted beer, and for the people whose talents with mixing hops and grain and water make a taste so memorable I often crave it from the other side of the world.
Thank you for the best friends a girl could ever ask for, who never seem too far away even when we’re oceans apart. Thank you for a supportive, laughing family of a caliber all it’s own, who never fail to change and grow and live life to the fullest. And thank you for sweet, cuddly puppies to come home to, ones with the power to warm my heart even after months away.
Most of all, dear life, thank you for giving me the gift of travel, for without such a splendid gift I might not have realized I have so much to be thankful for.
What are you grateful for? What do you miss about home when you’re away?
If you’re feeling particularly inspired to write a Dear Life post of your own, or just want to read more, check out posts from Kim and readers around the world here.
Dear Life. Thank you.