Thy sky is overcast today, dark with storm clouds. The cedars and ferns are heavy, rain-soaked after the morning downpour. From my kitchen window, I look out upon dark forest, a scene that in mid-winter is almost foreboding, the trees seeming to close in about the house. But there is beauty in the shaggy majesty of the cedars, in the bright emerald flash of the ferns, in the soft green expanse of moss that serves all winter as lawn. It is a view that, when I stop and actually pay attention, leaves me feeling deeply fortunate to live where I do, on an island at the edge of the Pacific, in amongst the trees.
One of the great gifts for me in blogging is the way that writing about my life brings the every day into sharp focus. When I’m blogging, I see how rich my life is, how very, very delicious. And so for the coming months, I’m going to blog about the elements of a delicious life, a life that feels abundant and satisfying. Last year, I dated my way through the alphabet. This year, I’ll write “The Alphabet of Delicious.”
A is for Abundance and Acceptance, and A is also for Appreciation. When I slow down and pay attention, I feel a deep sense of appreciation for the great good fortune in my life. I am so fortunate to live in this beautiful corner of the world, to be connected to a warm and supportive community, to be loved and supported by family, good friends and a good man. There is so much in my life for which to feel appreciative. And blogging is one of the most effective ways to keep focused on all that is good and right in my world.
What makes you feel deeply appreciative?