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Thankful Thursday: Three Things 

It's Thankful Thursday.
Gratitude. Appreciation. Praise.
Please join me in a weekly pause
to appreciate people, places & things.

I'm running. Bedraggled (read history here), I am ready to surrender to my wheezing lungs when a runner approaches. She's fast and beautiful in that slender-lean-young runner way. As we pass each other, she raises her arm to a high-five. No words are exchanged, just my stunned smile and a sudden lift in my step. Thank you Anonymous Runner for a kind gesture that encouraged me on. 

“Grief is a beautiful thing, not something to be afraid of, but to enjoy because it is still a gift," says artist Senitila McKinley. This Saturday night, Senitila and I will debut Sweet Grief, our collaboration of poems and paintings. The show runs April 20 - May 20, 2012 in Seal Rock, Oregon, and we've also published a book. I am thankful for this heart-changing project with a heart-changing friend.

It's been a full week. When I get wrapped up in deadlines and demands, I'm thankful for this survival strategy from Jessica Hagy at Indexed:


Enough about me, what are you thankful for today?

Reader Comments (9)

I'm thankful that I have a house and healthcare and food, a loving and loved person in my life, children who are succeeding in their unique and individual ways, and a full roster for a poetry workshop tonight. And hot coffee.

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMEHope

Wonderfully said, M.E. And the hot coffee is a nice touch, too.

Thanks for thanking on this Thursday.

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrew

For good customer service.

For having a painful epiphany of realizing who my friends aren't, because the flipside of that is being reminded who my real friends are, and that's always satisfying. Because remembering who really loves you is a pretty amazing feeling.

For not being too old to learn some lessons about life.

For finally asking for help when I needed it. Even if asking sooner might have made life easier. (I'm still working on being stubborn and trying to do everything myself.) Hey, at least I finally asked.

For getting admission to this festival as a birthday present: http://poetryatroundtop.org/

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson

What a wonderful list, Allyson. And a great birthday gift!

Thanks for thanking.

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrew

I am thankful for the public library that holds events for my children on their week off from school so I'm not driven crazy by their constant competition for my attention!

I am thankful for the poetry that I've written every day this month in celebration of National Poetry Month, and for my husband who patiently listens to me read them to him each night.

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I'm thankful for any rare moment of tears. I use them to clean the floor of my heart.

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAuburn McCanta

Wow, these thankfuls are just beautiful.

Karen - what a wonderful gift to write and share poems with the one you love.

Auburn - "to clean the floor of my heart" is painful and lovely.

Thank you both for sharing your gratitude.

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrew

I'm thankful that I arrived here (even a day late and a dollar short) to read about that high five. Love it!

I'm thankful for the New York Times, my coffee pot that turns itself on early in the morning, and whatever stretches of silence I can find in my week.

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

That high-five was so sweet. Makes me want to pass it on. I hope I see another out-of-steam runner soon.

Your three thankfuls resonate with me.

Thanks for stopping in. Always nice to have you here.

April 21, 2012 | Registered CommenterDrew

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