This week’s Gratitude Sunday really started last Sunday when we got together with my mom, my Aunt and my cousin and her family and we shared an Easter dinner that included the best prime rib I’ve ever eaten. That set the tone for a very good week.

Quotes on Gratitude

A week or so ago, Orna Ross blogged about a retreat she attended with Thich Nhat Hahn and shared these quotes.

“Don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy. Smile, breathe and go slowly… Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

“The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth… Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”

Gratitude list for the week ending April 14

  1. A hyacinth in a vase next to my bed, such that I fell asleep and woke up to its lovely scent.
  2. Attending a fascinating talk by Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works
  3. Making plans to see Les Mis with a college friend this summer, which has special significance for us
  4. Outdoor runs
  5. Lilacs in bloom
  6. Tulips blooming on Pearl Street
  7. Getting to see the movie Titanic on the big screen again – and in 3-D!
  8. Reading my book with the sound of rain on the roof
  9. Another helpful and supportive meeting with my in-person critique group
  10. Laura Backes helped me solve a problem in one of my manuscripts – a problem I’ve been trying to fix for TWO YEARS!

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. Julie,

    I always enjoy the gratitude Sunday portion of your blog. Your effort strikes me that our gratitude muscles must be exercised if they are to be strengthened–or at least kept from atrophying. 🙂

  2. Your list is impressive. I like your idea as not only is it good for your well-being, but it encourages us to take a look at our own gratitude lists!

  3. I love your list. It’s so great when you can solve a writing problem – especially after it’s been bothering you for a long time. Today I’m grateful for my critique buddies, who help keep me motivated and are so encouraging!

  4. Grateful for you, and your list!

  5. It is good to remember the little things. Congrats on getting the problem fixed in your mss. I love Laura Backes, she set me straight on one of my manuscripts too! Today my heart is singing. All is well in my world and for that I am grateful. Have a blessed Sunday.

    • It was the first time I’d worked with Laura, and I’d highly recommend her. The solution was a “forehead smacking” moment. I couldn’t believe neither I or any of my CPs had ever thought of it. 🙂

  6. Imagine is the next book I’m set to read, (just have to finish “The Forest for the Trees” by Betsy Lerner). I read the intro and first chapter and found it to be fascinating! 🙂

  7. I’m grateful for my health. How are the baby bunnies you rescued??

    • I don’t know about the bunnies because the wildlife rehabilitation folks picked them up. I didn’t call to check because I honestly don’t think I could have taken bad news. I feel confident that they are fine though. They’re obviously strong-willed little guys! 🙂

  8. I’m thankful running a 5K with my dad in beautiful Santa Barbara (his first race). We crossed the finish line together at 30:12.

  9. Gratitude Sundays are a great way to start the week (or end the week, depending on your calendar!)!

  10. Lots to be thankful for! Enjoy your gratitude posts. Have a great week, Julie!

  11. I’m on a waiting list to borrow IMAGINE. So eager to read it.

  12. Thanks for sharing another wonderful gratitude list. I really love those quotes! How great that you solved your writing problem! And how are those baby bunnies doing?

    • Hey Susanna, I answered about the bunnies above. I assume they are doing well. Maybe I’ll stick the answer on the 12 x 12 FB group. 🙂

  13. Huge Yay for resolving an MS issue, very cool! I hope one day to have a face to face crit group, much though I appreciate my online one right now!

    • Joanna, I have an online group too and they are wonderful. We’re only in our fifth month with the face-to-face group. I met them at our regional SCBWI conference. We really lucked out because we are all committed and we all get along so well. I had a couple of starts and stops with other in-person groups, but this one is THE one. 🙂

  14. “Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” How gorgeous is that?! I love your gratitude posts, Julie. They never fail to inspire. Les Mis is my favorite show of all time. Hope you have a blast!

  15. Great list . . . love the smell of hyacinths . . . and lilacs. 😀

  16. so lovely – you inspired me to keep a small notebook by my bed, where i write things that i’m happy about when i wake up 🙂

  17. I’m thankful for my article which was accepted for publication in the “Old Schoolhouse” Magazine, for blossoms ready to burst open in my garden, for my new ‘BrainBurps” app, and for the A to Z Blogging Challenge and 12×12 in 2012 to develop my writing skills!

  18. I am grateful that in the hectic life of a writer, you find time to rescue bunnies, make grateful lists, and literally stop to smell the flowers. Thanks for reminding us to do the same!

  19. “Reading my book with the sound of rain on the roof”–this makes me take a deep breath just reading it! 🙂

  20. I am thankfu to have contacts with writers like you and today, to have my new book in my hands. It is called Nana I miss you and I wrote it about the relationship between a small boy and his Nana who has got sick to help parents with small children deal with their feelings.

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