Good Morning! Today I want to explore some of the simplest things I feel grateful for.
Like hearing a cheerful Good Morning(!) every morning. Nothing starts my day off better than seeing a smile or hearing an up beat morning salutation. No room for grumpy here, every sound of kindness in the morning brings cheer and appreciation for another day. Birds singing outside my window, distant roosters crowing, the neighbors donkey braying for breakfast, coffee perking, bacon sizzling, slippered feet shuffling. HOW WONDERFUL! I’m grateful for the sun shining through my window. I’m grateful for the sun shining every time I see or feel it. There is nothing like the sensation of warm rays caressing my skin and the sound of kind voices.
Another simple pleasure in my life is riding my horses. I found a deep connection to riding horses from an early 3 years of age when I astrode (another one of the Susan words – but I like it so I’m using it) the family dog with imaginations of a firey steed. Next around age 6 came the family goat whom I rode at blazing goat speeds, to my families distress, pretty much everywhere teaching him to rear for carrot treats. My first horse at age 7, yep that is me on Old Babe. She would stand for hours while I learned how to fly onto her back without landing on the other side. I am so thankful that Old Babe came into my life. She brought all of my dreams come true and my first painful goodbye and meeting with death. While with us and in her last days of her life she was truly loved and admired.
… and then my second horse Chief came to me when I was around 9 years of age and was my first official equine training job, a yearling stud colt. The boys have always been my passion. 40 plus years later I’ll be riding my new gelding Paisano on a real ride, not a training session ride of an hour or so, but a real ride tomorrow with a friend. I am greatly thankful for Paisano, that he is in my life and that I’ll be riding again tomorrow. Just to get down the trail again feeling the air on my face, the warm sunshine beaming down upon me, feeling the rhythm of his movements as they lull me into magical bliss.
Can I come up with more things to be thankful for? Certainly there is always something to be thankful for! Simple things, let’s try these…
This painting makes me smile every time I lay eyes on it which is often as it hangs in this very room I am in right now! It’s the first thing I see upon waking every morning and the last thing I see every night before hopeful blissful slumber arrives. How wonderful! I am thankful that this painting came to live with me and brings me so much joy.
I am thankful for Arizona which has been very kind to me for all of the 22 years I have lived here. Apache Lake WOW, I’m thankful for all of the moments I have been able to appreciate the awe struck beauty of Arizona lakes, mountains and desert fauna.
How many times have I looked into your eyes Bear and found so much to be thankful for. You have graced my home for 22 years, and my mothers home for many years prior to that. I have found tranquility in your eyes and home in your heart. Thank you for always being there.
I wonder what you have found today to be thankful for on this fine Thursday? Be sure to write it down and if you have a blog be sure to link back to my blog so that we can build a powerful chain of thankfulness. The idea is to list three to five things, or at the very least one thing every Thursday that you are thankful for having graced your life. Please visit these blogs for more Thankful Thursday’s and let me know if you want to be added to the list.
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