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Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice

When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Thankfulness from One Woman's Heart
Photo by Ernestine

This morning's entry  is from a dear friend, Ernestine. She is One Woman who is wise and compassionate and always takes the time to stop by and visit my blog and offer a kind word. She sends me personal emails and holds me in her prayers, but even more important, this gentle spirit holds me in her heart as a friend. I am young enough to be her daughter, but she calls me friend, and I LOVE that. We have never met and likely never will in person, of course, you never know, life is FULL of surprises. I hold Ernestine in my heart too, that's what friends do. The photo above is of her charming wooded property in Tennessee.
Thankfulness and gratitude - two words.  Two words that never leave my thoughts.  There is never a moment that I cannot find something to be thankful for...

How does this One Woman even begin to share how thankful she is for her gift of life.   

A life that has not been easy.  Now that she looks back over 70 plus years, she can visualize the journey more clearly.  All has served a purpose.

Doors have opened and shut along her pathway and there has always been someone there to encourage her along the way.  A smile, word, hug, phone call, letter, book - all came at the right time.   One thing she has learned is that this encouragement usually did not come from where she might have expected it.

They were angels along her path of life.

I am thankful for my strong belief in God, a prayer time that I could not exist without,  and ever aware of this in my life  - it never leaves.

I am thankful that my beliefs have broadened over the years. Thankful for a son who lives part time over the ocean - is in constant contact with his mother and who has introduced me to a culture, wisdom and a way of life  that for many years I did not know existed. 

I am thankful for all of my children and grandchildren - they bring me so much joy. 
I am thankful that a few years ago when I did not know if I wanted a computer - that I had my son-in-law install one for me. It was put on my desk which sits in front of a window,  every home always a view of nature.

I am thankful for friends close by, and  the many online friends I have made through my sharing. My sharing intended as an online diary so my grandchildren might know their grandmother better has turned into communication with special people from around the world.  Each person that responds to me is a blessing and encourages this One Woman along the way.

I am thankful that when I was allowed to leave the home place that healed me over 30 years ago - that I was allowed to return 18 months ago.   It was a difficult time with building a home in the city, moving, trying but my heart knew this was not where I belonged.  Thankful that I was able to return to my woods property and build a home that is perfect for someone in the last part of her life. Thankful that when many questioned if this was a smart decision, that I knew in my heart that this was what I was suppose to do. 

I am thankful that I can see, hear, walk, talk, drive, write, and have a sensitive heart.

I sit and type and at a loss for words for all the thankfulness in my heart.  I wonder how can you express totally with words you put on paper.  It is impossible.

Consistently expressing sincere and heartfelt gratitude for what you already have is the underlying and often overlooked force which opens door to immeasurable abundance and happiness.

More writings of the heart from my friend Ernestine can be found here @ 

Don't forget to stop by Hey Harriet today too, to discover more photos with interesting shadows like the ones in Ernestine's image above!


  1. The image is lovely and complements the Ernestine's positive attitude about her life.

  2. Laura, dearest!!!1
    No words to express myself, now...I prefer to say ONLY. THANKS FOR TO SHARE THESE WORDS WITH ME

    Thanks, DEarest...for everything

    love u
    Grace Olsson

  3. Oh Laura, and Ernestine! Such an amazing passage full of wisdom to live by. Thank you for sharing :-)!

  4. strikingly beautiful~
    and that photo, too... looks like home to me.

  5. What a beautiful post. Such an eloquence in words, describing a life lived. Poetic in words and image.;)

  6. What a beautiful place you call home, Ernestine. I'm so glad you are living where you are meant to live and I'm grateful to have read your words this morning.Thank you.

    And thank you, Laura, for hosting such a wonderful month of fantastic gratitude-filled energy.

  7. Lovely photo and words from a heart and life lived with gratitude...

  8. Most of us know in our hearts what we should do but we don't.
    We are experts explaining why not...

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. What a beautiful photo!!

  10. I might add that I thought the time had come to move to the big city and be closer to children and grandchildren --- they are so busy that I really did not see them much more. I love my smaller home at the edge of the woods.
    Everyone that has commented - your compliments touch my heart. Have a great rest of the day.

  11. Beautiful post and a great theme for the month. Gratitude seems so simple, but is so powerful when focused on constantly. This was a great reminder to me.....thank you!

  12. Ernestine, your heart is so beautiful. I am grateful for so much more after reading your entry.

  13. I loved this post - thank you both. xxx

  14. A beautiful scene. Ernestine is quite a very special person!

  15. A wonderful post, this is an exercise we should try every day! A lovely photo as well :o)

  16. A beautiful photo and lovely words accompanying it!

  17. Another wonderful piece and another new friend to go meet. Such amazing richness here.

  18. I took me almost 50 years to not just understand but to feel gratitude. I am simply happy that it didn't take much longer. :-)

    I'm glad you visited and left a comment.

    That's a nice photo. So serene. And familiar. I am in western Massachusetts.


  19. The shadow hunters
    implore, “Give us light, give us
    eyes to see—and more!”

    SSS: Antlers

  20. How nice to "see" you here, Ernestine. Your gratitude shines through in all you share about your life and reminds me to be grateful, too.

  21. Really lovely photo! I love the textures of old barn wood.

  22. you seem to know.
    a privilege to meet you here ,

  23. First, what an AMAZINNNNNNG pic! Love this post. It's so so so important for people to express their gratitude every day. Does wonders for the giver and receiver!


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