Friday, July 26, 2013

Showing some gratitude

I've been reminded several times from several sources lately that I made a personal vow to be a more positive person this year and a big part of that for me is remembering to be grateful.  By that I mean grateful for right now, for what's happening right where I am in this moment.  Since reading this post by Rona Roberts several weeks ago, I can't stop thinking about how fortunate I am to be where I am at this time in my life and how much I have to be grateful for.  I'm not thinking of the quantity of things in my life, of which I believe there are quite likely too many.  Rather I'm thinking more about the quality of my life.  I'm fortunate to be reasonably healthy, which when considering the fact that I've already outlived both of my parents, is not something I take for granted.  The abundance of this time of year, in the garden and around the farm, can sometimes incline me to complaining, rather than being grateful, so I'm trying to remember to take time every day to be thankful for all the positives in my life.

Look closely at that rather inadequate photograph above and you will see plenty of green grass, green trees and fat ewes.  It's the end of July in a southern countryside and we are rarely ever this lush and enjoying these pleasant temperatures at this point in the yearly cycle of farm life.  That's just one of the things I want to remember when the natural order of things brings heat, humidity, no rain and anxiousness to my days. 


  1. Always great to remember these things, yes we are BOTH very fortunate! Thanks for reminding me as well :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Dianne!

  2. you are totally correct - beautiful lush green pasture in July? Wow. Our grass is doing great right now too. Love this post Diane.

  3. Thank you for this reminder. Your words, and Rona's, are very inspirational, coming at a moment in time when I really needed them. It's funny how strangers seem like close friends in time of need. Brings tears.

  4. Such a beautiful view of the lush pasture with the sheep also enjoying the pasture!!