Heart full of grateful

1 01 2021

Truly, I’ve wanted to use that line – from Dierks Bentley’s “Living” – for a very long time.

The thing is, I generally walk around, from waking to bedtime, with a heart full of grateful. So when to use that line to particularly highlight my gratitude for “all I’ve been given”?

The first day of a brand new year – after a really rather gnarly and ucky year – seems like a good time. πŸ™‚

Looking back, it’s hard to find much about 2020 about which to feel grateful, but it IS a good lesson in finding joy in the little things … that maybe aren’t so little after all.

I am healthy. My family is healthy. A dear friend had a giant (!) health situation (unrelated to COVID) and came through, if not unscathed, relatively OK. I have a home and money for groceries and cat food. My horses – if a bit light on water – are thriving – and they have water. I am fortunate to have the support of a truly excellent BLM partner. I live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, surrounded by mustangs (and for that, I am grateful to my employer), and probably I am one of the people least affected by the awfulness of the global coronavirus pandemic. On and on could I go. … Why wouldn’t I be grateful? How could I NOT be grateful?

And there it is: It’s relatively easy for me to be full-of-heart grateful. For (many, many) others, situations of life are not so fortunate or optimistic. I don’t want to gloss over or dismiss those struggles, even as I acknowledge my fortunes.

“Sometimes the world’s just right,” and at some point in time in the coming year, no matter how brief (and hopefully for much longer), I hope everyone can experience that feeling.

With hearts full, 2021, here we come. May it be blessed.


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14 responses

1 01 2021
Trish

You’ve said it all and beautifully ! Gratitude is one of those things that seeps in at times like this and wraps us up in warmth and comfort. Thank you for your eloquent reminder of what matters in life… here’s to a new year of renewal and moisture in the basin !

4 01 2021
TJ

I echo that a million times over! πŸ™‚

1 01 2021
Karen Schmiede

I agree. We should be grateful for all the blessings we have. The beauty of nature and the wild ones are one of them.

4 01 2021
TJ

Too true!

1 01 2021
Pat

Thank you for being you! I am grateful you are a lover of horses, love being close to them, have the stamina and health to hike in such a beautiful place in the world

4 01 2021
TJ

Me, too! To be closer to the beauty and the horses and all that is in the natural world, I want to be out in it! πŸ™‚

1 01 2021
Sue Story

You are so right, TJ. Even in the midst of adversity, we can always find wonderful things for which to be grateful. There is no better way to begin a new year than with an attitude like that! Happy New year!

4 01 2021
TJ

Happy New Year! May we all have gratitude this year and always!

1 01 2021
Nancy Holmes aka Mom

Well said!! Life is better with a positive attitude!

2 01 2021
TJ

I must have learned that from my parents … πŸ˜‰ Thanks, Mom!

2 01 2021
Marytherese Ambacher

Peace TJ. Your positive vibrations just elevated all of ours!

4 01 2021
TJ

Maybe, eventually, we’ll vibrate all the negative out of the world! πŸ™‚

4 01 2021
Pat

Thanks for this!

4 01 2021
TJ

I am so grateful for you!

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