Wednesday, February 02, 2011


For most of my life I have felt a sense of gratitude. It was not because things were always perfect, but because I was taught to appreciate what was right in my life - even from a young age. Feeling grateful was simply part of my "normal."

It seems every day presents ample opportunity for gratitude. The last couple of days it was to have a warm home and food in the cupboard, not requiring any trips out into the frigid cold. Daily I realize I'm fortunate to have a job I enjoy and blessed to have freelance jobs that bring extra sources of income.

And of course I am always grateful for the people in my life. My family is wonderful; my second family of Greg, his mom and brother are amazing; friends who share joys and burdens are indispensable.

It is these joys - small and large - that are the recipe for gratitude. It seems I'm more aware of all that's right with my world when things are a bit uncertain - with me or with others. "Gratitude" is a base emotion for me. I'm not sure of all that means, but I know it is central to who I am.


Frenchy said...

Gorgeous picture! Love this post!

Patsy Terrell said...

Thanks... the photo was taken at the chapel at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.

Judith said...

An attitude of gratitude is an indispensable part of the Joy that is Patsy. You simply effervesce.

Patsy Terrell said...

You're so sweet, Judith! Thank you.