This page is another example of how circular life is, how our thoughts, our feelings and our actions ripple out from us, circling round and lapping against everything in their path.
We are so small and seemingly insignificant in the universal pool of life, but every move we make creates a ripple that grows ever wider, reaching out to and crossing paths with our fellow swimmers. We can float along if we wish. But to keep moving is to continually create these waves of energy, to continually send something out into the world. To swim is to move one’s limbs in a purposeful way. It is also to propel oneself, to move from one location to another, to take yourself to new places. It is to take yourself further.
Herein lies the beauty: the more you move, the more likely you are to eventually be touched by your own ripples as they spread out and intersect with the new places you find yourself in.
This page was inspired by a comment on a post. The post was about a book. The book was given to the blogger by her sister. The book is by a woman who wondered, “How do I give up resentment for gratitude, gnawing anger for spilling joy?”. She was set on her journey toward gratitude through the words and actions of her brother-in-law. Ripples. Ever widening circles.
My goal is to acknowledge at least one thing I am thankful for, every day.
I want to keep moving; I want to send something positive out into the world. I want to find myself in a new place. And when I get there, I want to experience the feeling of my own positive energy lapping back against me. To help me on my way, I’ll be checking in with my fellow bloggers who have chosen to chronicle their thankfulness. It’s very exciting! Let’s see where the ripples go now, how they spread, how they intersect one another. Let’s keep moving. I wonder where we’ll end up?
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The book is One Thousand Gifts. How appropriate, in that the book is a kind of gift that multiplies upon itself each time we readers are thankful, each time we encourage others to be thankful.
The idea for a Thankfulness page came from Harold. He commented on Patti’s post that, “We all could add some thankfulness to our own world and the rest of the world could benefit!” Harold, I stole the idea for my Thankful page from you – I mean, thanks for that ripple of thought! Harold is my list inspiration, and I like how he has embraced the fact that “It can be simple things too!” He is so right.
The original post is Saying Thanks, by Patti Ross. When I told her that I was also going to do a Thankfulness page, she said that, “as we each appreciate more, deliberately, we will infect others with the positive thankful attitude. I am adding your bright outlook to my appreciation list!” See – it’s already working! All these overlapping circles of energy – that’s good stuff.
I happened across another blogger who posts about thankfulness on Thursday, my day of thanks. There is a lot there to contemplate. I love how Patricia can look at what’s going on around her and, rather than adding to the cacophony of complaints, she extracts an appreciation for what she has. That is something I wish to emulate.
- Being Thankful (viktormusili.wordpress.com)
- Thoughts on Thankfulness: Part II (dankasworld.wordpress.com)
- Gratitude Tuesday – Live in Gratitude (lifeadvisortina.wordpress.com)
- Being Thankful (completelydevoted.wordpress.com)
- How to Naturally be Grateful (Elle Swan video)