One Thousand Things

I went moon-chasing last week.  I made a dash around the neighbourhood, trying to capture the fascination of a

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through my camera.  She sailed into the

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, an ice-queen in a shroud of wispy cloud-cobwebs.  I inhaled my soul-food for the day.  


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 .”  My friend Bev presses a book into my hands, some months ago, in the summer… 

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 by

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http://www.aholyexperience.com   http://www.facebook.com/onethousandgifts

I

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 I am  captivated.  So commences a dazzling new journey.  A journey to finding thankfulness in all things.  Finding

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in the mundane, the difficult, the tragic.  Being thankful no matter what.  Intentional thankfulness.

My smartphone and

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never stray from my side.  I have to catch the joy-moments coming out of nowhere in a series of joy-gifts I never saw as gifts before.   Like these …

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Africa-shaped puddle
Africa-shaped puddle
Supermarket shadow
Supermarket shadow
Rosy dawn skies
Rosy dawn skies
Rainbows on floor tiles
Rainbows on floor tiles
  • Sun-splash on gum day
    Sun-splash on glum day
  • Puppy in wee-hour glow
    Puppy in wee-hour glow
light 'n' shadow on kitchen wall
Light ‘n’ shadow on kitchen wall
Microwave reflection
Microwave reflection
Tawny tree upside down
Tawny tree upside down
  • Sky-in-the-parking-lot
    Sky-in-the-parking-lot

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The list goes on.  And on.  Pausing to discover the fragrance welling out of intentional thankfulness.  My lungs filled with joy. 

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Ann Voskamp (just Ann with no e she calls herself) – The Farmer’s wife,  mother of six – writes (paraphrased) –

Thankfulness releases joy, which releases miracles …

It feels as if

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have come to reside in my heart. 

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I began to change.  This is the

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Thankful for the ugly, the lovely. The precious, the un-pretty.  The simple, the complex,  the

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And all the in between, mundane stuff.  Intentional thankfulness that generates sublime joy.  Surely this is

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, the daily

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 I went to the bookstore to buy a copy of One Thousand Gifts for my aunt. 

 “Funny,” the girl behind the counter said. “Lately, there’s been a rush of people coming for the book.  There aren’t too many left.”

All IMG_20151029_175957I replied, “That’s probably everyone I know coming to get one.  I haven’t been able to stop talking about it.”

 “I’ve heard it’s good,” she replied.

Bless you, my dear.  It is!


 If my family think I’m bananas, they

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, you know.  So I try to

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because I  choose to

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that

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and

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 .  I

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 .  It’s

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!   I sigh over pretty puddles and go

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And that’s why I went moon-chasing last week.

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Is this 

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?  Quite possible!  IMG_20151102_220835

IMG_20151101_231436   Something happened.  It’s unleashed the

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They don’t seem all that far-fetched anymore.   I understand that

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Me?  (Smiling!)

                             


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, Reader.  May you find gifts in the ordinary things.

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Here’s to

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sincerely

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Good Morning Gorgeous!

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Selina.  This is my blog.

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.  I am 

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committed to being

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 and

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to my

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 and two

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though, the

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  makes me  feel sort of like

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  I mean?  (Of course, you do!)  I’d love to take an occasional

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to be

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 Words –

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 in my head the moment I try to 

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 to

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 or think of 

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 to indulge in whatever.

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…    

_20150702_202712,” my mother would say. 

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, I do.  And yet,                                                                        _20150601_152024

 you know, still the

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, or

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to the poetry of the universe.

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!   Once in a

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in the midst of

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 of crazy

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 (when I’m absolutely certain

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),

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If these are the best

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, where am I headed? The daunting questions crowd in till there’s

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, and I have to take a deep breath, chide myself  and

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 couple of weeks.   

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– I’m going to tell you one of mine, so

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 to a  minute or two,

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      …   xx   …   xx   …

Here goes – an entry from the

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 a wishful thinker,

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      …   xx   …   xx   … 

 Picture it.  It’s

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This writer (that’s me!) is pushing a cart through supermarket aisles. She’s reviewing her grocery list –

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… ”  “

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  tonight,” she (me again!) mumbles. “Get what you need. Just

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!”

Then, suddenly …

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The words

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Me?

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blushing …

I almost heard

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before I saw the letters stitched into a satin cushion .  It was like someone waved a

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and something inside went

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  and  sense of

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 washed over me.  I leaned

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to have a better look.  My day went

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from average to

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 , to

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.  Such a  

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in my mouth.  (

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For a nano-second I was

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, totally

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 “I

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 .”  I paused.   “

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,” I said to myself.

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 , this is sort of the science behind subliminal messaging, I guess   It certainly had

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on me.  I fell for it,

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 and  

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I

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the

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.  I can still

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. Absolutely

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…  Who would have thought?

   My surroundings suddenly came alive with words. They were

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to me.

IMG_20150814_173544 what I mean.

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(below) and my

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 to each item on it.


 

(1) IMG_20150903_180928 What cheek!

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(2)  IMG_20150903_180741 … I’m no

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, but thanks!

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(5)  IMG_20150813_174658 …  Me? No!  I don’t think so.

(6) IMG_20150814_173214– Okay, you can

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understood the power of words, as I did in these few

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.  Power to affirm or destroy.  

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 ,” I said to myself.  “

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 .   This is how you

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IMG_20150613_120522142  in the middle of an ordinary day.

 I think I entered 

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 .   ” I want to

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in a perpetual place of positive words,” I told myself. 

My heart beamed.  My spirits soared.

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, I think.

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.                                                                    

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 for you today, Reader.

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 with beautiful words.  May good words  be your

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. May they  flow all over you, heal and make you come alive.

The

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but could include giddy joy , which is

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Just

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Here are

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 –

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I believe this is

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.  Oh,

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 , I feel it in my bones !  Three hearty

 

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now.

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. Here’s to

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P.S. 

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sincerely          


 

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(All the pictures in this post are digital moments captured on the camera phone.)