My heart is with the victims in Aurora, CO and their families. Image courtesy of Creative Commons

In the face of unspeakable tragedy, such as that which occurred in Aurora, CO on Friday, it is more important than ever for us to focus on the beauty in the world, the goodness, and to extend kindness and support to one another.

Still, it was difficult to write this post today.

First and foremost, I am grateful for the health of my children. I simply cannot imagine sending them off to see a movie on a summer night and not having them return safely. It is beyond my comprehension.

So I say to the world, more than ever, THANK YOU for all of my blessings, of which there are many.

Quotes on Gratitude (in the midst of sadness)

 “No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.” — Elie Wiesel

“In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus

“Right in the difficult we must have our joys, our happiness, our dreams: there against the depth of this background, they stand out, there for the first time we see how beautiful they are.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

Gratitude List for the week ending July 20

  1. My daughter had the courage to stay away from home for five nights for a horse camp up in the mountains. I’m so proud of her (and also glad she’s back home)!
  2. My husband having dinner ready after I spent 12 hours driving home after dropping said daughter off due to apocalyptic traffic
  3. Watching the movie Journey 2 with Jay, which is his very favorite right now
  4. I got my Template for Storybook App Proposals launched after a gargantuan amount of work. Felt like quite an achievement!
  5. Going to yoga class after several months off
  6. Making progress on my Writer’s Renaissance retreat. Can’t wait to share details soon!
  7. Thunderstorms and rain (desperately needed)
  8. Two whole days to myself to catch up on work and writing
  9. Crickets chirping outside my window at night. Such a nice sound for sleeping
  10. Getting a great night’s sleep on Friday night – can’t remember the last time that happened… Maybe it was the crickets??

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. We all needed this post, Julie. Thanks for writing it.

  2. Thank you for the lovely post Julie. It’s sad, but we must move on. Glad you also found two days for yourself.

  3. Those quotes are beautiful. It’s important to find gratitude in the midst of tragedy. To remember the small things when the bigger things seem incomprehensible. Thank you.

  4. Julie, I need to remember to visit your Gratitude Sunday posts more often…they are comforting and insightful.:) Thank you for sharing…I can’t forget my first reaction to 9/11 was to call all three of my children (who were all married and living 1000’s of miles away) to reassure MYSELF that all was ok with them. 🙂
    Glad you found time to work AND sleep and do yoga!

  5. Tragedies cause us to be thankful for the simple things of life…our prayers are with the victims and their families, too. You are blessed to have little pockets of time away from the hustle and bustle of life…congrats on the template. I’ll have time tomorrow to digest it!

  6. Beautiful message-thanks for posting this. And this week, I’m grateful for the continued improvement of my mom’s health 🙂
    All the best Julie!

  7. I am grateful that my family is safe and unharmed….I go back to basics after a week like this.

  8. I’m grateful my boys’ health is improving. I’m grateful my computer is holding it together and not clapping out on me while I’m building my website!

  9. I always enjoy your gratitude posts, Julie. This one was especially heartening. Thank you!

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