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November 24, 2010


What I am thankful for…

by Andrea O'Connell

Oh, my Thanksgiving eyes see thankfulness and joy in everything.  I have so much to be thankful for; so many people to be thankful for….

I have a blessed life and want for nothing.

I work at a great University.  I have a close-knit family (I say a prayer of thanks for my mom everyday). There is unspeakable joy in that.

I have a brother, Sister-in-Law, and niece who live in close proximity to me.  I live for the joy my five year old niece brings me.

Children are walking wonders – miracles.

Last Saturday, as I do many weekends, I babysat for my five year old niece, Elizabeth, and I asked her the same question she asked me.  “What was your “high” today, Elizabeth?’  She answered, “You, Andrea!”   To which I silently gasped with joy.  And my Sister-in-Law said, “Andrea, when she knows you are coming to babysit, she starts talking about it in the morning and asks us over and over, “When is Andrea coming, is it soon?”

I cried inside when I heard that.  I cry now to recall it.  Oh, the greatest gift of all is the love of a child.

I am blessed and blessed and blessed some more!

I am blessed to have you, my dear friends who are reading this.

I am blessed and thankful to have been given an ability to write, and a love of writing.

I am blessed and thankful to have been given the gift of creativity.  The art of creating is akin to touching God.

God is perfection – there is joy in creating that perfect and lovely sentence, or that perfect photo, or that perfect story.

On this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for so much.  I am honored to be alive and honored to have so much joy in my life.

Thank you to God and to each and every Higher Power in this rich universe for putting me right here. Right now. Right where I should be.

Thank YOU dear reader.

If the only prayer you say in your life is “thank you, ” that will suffice.  ~ Meister Eckhart

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nov 24 2010

    To you and yours~~

    A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving, Andrea.

  2. Andrea
    Nov 24 2010

    Thank you, dear Snoopy! Wishing you the same, and more!

  3. Sherry
    Nov 25 2010

    I like Eckhart’s statement! I believe the evil in this world, from the least little bit of it to the most heinous of acts, is because of ingratitude. Such an uplifting thing to do each day is to count our blessings even in the midst of hard trials. Especially in the midst of hard trials!

    I’m thankful that there is a God whose Son is my Savior and Giver of eternal life despite my sinful self! I’m thankful for the life God has breathed into me and for every success and failure I’ve experienced in it. I’m thankful for having met every person that’s crossed my path because it was good for me to learn life’s lessons from them whether they be friend or foe. I’m thankful for the ability to be thankful and that my list of appreciation is tome length long!

    I’m glad to have met many online friends through the Caylee Anthony tragedy and I am thankful we will all see her justice served, Lord willing!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Andrea, and everyone! :mrgreen:

  4. Andrea
    Nov 25 2010

    oh Sherry!

    What lovely comments! Thank you so much for your beautiful words….

    It is so lovely to hear from you. (I am sorry that your comment went into moderation, but I have been forced to moderate comments as a result of an angry person posting terrible thing here yesterday.)

    I do agree with you about gratitude! I have books surrounding me that remind me about having a grateful heart…. sometimes I forget to be grateful, so I keep these sweet little books around where I find quotes like the one from Eckhart’s to remind me…. 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Sherry! I am grateful for you, you know!

    • Sherry
      Nov 25 2010

      I’m thankful to have met you, too, dearheart! 😀

      • Andrea
        Nov 25 2010

        Thanks, Sherry! 🙂

  5. Lona1
    Nov 26 2010

    Stop buying everything “made in china”


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