We spent the last week in Florida, first to celebrate my brother’s wedding and then in Disney World. A great time was had by all, and I got to cross an item off my Bucket List. I was reminded again of how nice it is to break out of routine every once in a while. My friends Katie Davis and Renee LaTulippe talked about this very thing in a beautiful Brain Burps podcast this week – how travel activates the senses and adds richness to our lives and as a result, to our writing. (Shameless plug – They talked about this in the context of the Writer’s Renaissance retreat coming up in April, which both of them will attend all or in part.)
Quotes on Gratitude
“Eucharisteo — thanksgiving — always precedes the miracle.” — Ann Voskamp
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” — Maya Angelou
“Whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will increase in your life.” — Sanaya Roman
Gratitude list for the week ending October 12
- My brother’s wedding went off WITH a hitch! Wishing nothing but love and happiness to Jeff and Ashley
- My children handled their roles as flower girl and ring bearer with aplomb.
- Visiting with family and friends all in one place is always a great thing.
- PERFECT weather in Orlando for our visit to Disney World
- Reliving my childhood through the eyes of my kids
- It’s A Small World ride. My brother and I used to give my mother endless amounts of grief over how she would get teary at the finale when all the cultures come together. Wouldn’t you know I found myself doing the same thing. Because it IS a small world, after all…
- Looking straight into the soulful eyes of a tiger sitting just two feet away from me at the Animal Kingdom. I would swear the whole universe was contained in those eyes.
- Likewise, seeing rhinos, gorillas, elephants, giraffes, lions and hippos all roaming by – AND knowing their collective nouns. 🙂
- Returning to stay at the Polynesian Village, which I last saw when I was 10 years old – and attending the luau. We especially loved the fire-throwing dancer, which restored my faith that six-pack abs still exist on men outside of Hollywood. 😉
- Returning home and sleeping in my own bed!!
What are you grateful for this week?
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