Sunday, October 9, 2011


Every year at this time I am reminded of life on the farm. This was always a traditional weekend of being genuinely grateful. Though there were years we were still combining, there was a feeling of abundance in the air; a knowing that the crop would soon be off and the bins filled.

This year, the crispness of the air, the warmth of the sun and the breeze gently drying the morning dew, reminds me so much of those harvest days. I miss watching golden grain flow from combine to truck, from the truck into the bin. Even better were the years when the bins were full, so we were forced to set up make-shift bins to hold the grain until we could take it to the elevator. The air filled with scents of fall - hay, grain dust, drying leaves, the damp fertile earth.

Today as I stand on my deck, taking a deep breath, I take in that same aroma of fall and give thanks for the farmers who work so hard to provide us with nutritious, delicious foods. I am grateful for those who process and package these same foods, as well as the stores that stock it. We are so blessed with choices. We often take our abundant lives for granted.

Even the turning leaves are the color of gold. Looking over a valley with its opulent oranges, reds, golds and yellows brings awareness of the richness of our lives. Take a moment today to look around you. Go for a walk, taking in the sights, smells and sounds of fall. Even though it means winter will soon be upon us, take this time to be grateful for all the seasons provide for us.

If you are one who has trouble remembering to be thankful for each day, take a dry erase marker or glass writer and put the words "Attitude of Gratitude" on your bathroom mirror or on a window you look out often. You may also wish to write other affirmations of thanksgiving or well-being. This is one sure way of never allowing yourself to take the Blessing of Life for granted.

Remember the more grateful you are in each moment, the more each moment gives you something to be grateful for.

Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving weekend and a year of abundance and prosperity, filled with appreciation for all that life provides.

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