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Thursday, November 28, 2013

2013 Gratitude Quilt


We come from many lands, cultures, religions, and states of health. We range in age from four to perhaps past eighty, yet like Indra’s Net, our quilt patches reflect the many places where our lives intersect. These jewels of connection appear as joy, sadness, tenderness, suffering, awe, loss, contentment, all interwoven, for this is what it means to be human. It is clear reading our honest, courageous, at times humorous, always kind words, that with great discernment we are all learning to recognize the good, hakarat hatov, in the midst of whatever circumstances we find our selves dwelling in. I am thankful for each story, each poem, and each heart-felt word. Together our voices resound as ONE exquisite, flowing prayer of gratitude stitched with the finest threads of all, compassion and love.



There are 209 messages, (210 if you count mine) from all around the world. The quilt begins with the words of children, second grade students my daughter assists in our community Sunday school (there were squirrels playing outside beyond the classroom window when they were writing.) Take your time reading through, you might want a box of tissues close at hand. For those who do not know, today is not only Thanksgiving in the United States, but it is also the first day of Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday of re-dedicating our selves to bringing light into the world in the midst of darkness. As you read the quilt you will likely feel a poignant echo in the unusual overlap of these two holidays and what has been shared. 


Before reading the quilt, please watch this short video offering I prepared as a celebration of the sacred ordinary. It is my gratitude offering. 


May you experience comfort, peace, healing and joy,
may it be so for all beings,
for our living planet.
 ~Laura
Dear God, thank you for creating the color pink. It is my favorite color. What I like most about it is a pretty color. Orange is my favorite color too. And thank you for squirrels they are cute. And I like giraffesMargotDear God, thank you for creating education. It is my favorite thing to do. What I like most about it is it makes you smart. And thank you for mathMitchDear God, thank you for creating Mudzie. It is my favorite stuffed pig. What I like most about it is that it’s cuddly.  And thank you for thanking for creating my other stuffed Pandy. I love themJodiDear God, thank you for creating squirrels. It is my favorite animal. What I like most about it is they’re funny. And thank you for trees I like watching squirrels climb treesRebekahDear God, thank you for creating animals because they are so cute. What I like most about it is they have good personalities. And thank you for parents friends and teachersRebeccaDear God, thank you for creating my family. It is my favorite family.  What I like most about it is we all love each other very much. And thank you for animals, espeshly pets like my dogsHannahDear God, thank you for creating squrrises (squirrels).  It is my favorite animal.   What I like most about it is they are cute. And thank you for nuts and squrrisses (squirrels). Also... Dear God, thank you for creating frozen yogurt.   It is my favorite thing to eat.  What I like most about it is it is sweet. And thank you for BeboJudithDear God, thank you for creating houses.  It is my favorite to sleep.   What I like most about it is it gives you shelter and it gives you a place to sleep. And thank you for animals because some are cuteAlexDear God, thank you for creating beanbags.  It is my favorite toy.   What I like most about it is that you can throw it. And thank you for my friend that made my beanbag HannahDear God, thank you for creating pizza.  It is my favorite food.   What I like most about it is it tastes the best. And thank you for creating pizzaZachariaDayenu. (enough)LeafI am grateful for lovely people in my life - friends from childhood, neighbours who feel like family and family who often know me better than I know myself. I include among these beautiful people those I only know through their written words, those who have passed and those I have yet to meet. Those whom I've loved and always will in some way and those who taught me some of life's difficult lessons. However briefly or long term they have been in my life, I am gratefulHilaryI am grateful for it all -each day a gift. namastecarolI am grateful for what I am today. Though I may not have the life that I desire, own the things that I would like to own, see the places that I would love to see, be in situations that I would love to be, be loved the way I want to be loved I am thankful for what I am and I am grateful for the courage that carries me through the difficult times. PradeepaAh, it’s this time of the year again, when I can weave my words into Laura’s quilt.  Wouldn’t miss if for the world!  This year I have so many things to be thankful for.  I am thankful for the gift of giving.   As a body worker, I give souls a timeout into stillness.  This in turn gives me the gift of happiness.  For it is giving that helps the heart heal into happiness.  And it is in giving to ourselves, our families and friends a physical form of our love for them, that is always mirrored right back to us in several splendid ways.  Thank you all who have poured your love and light into my life.  I am forever gratefulKarenMy family safe...close...healthyJeanEveryday these wonders are continually surfacing in my mind and I cannot help saying over and over again Thank You LordErnestineI am grateful for the embrace of family, friends who care and love to laugh, and the natural world of changing seasonsVivThis year has been full of heartache, lots of losses, injuries, illness for my family and for our friends. It makes me that much more grateful for the simple things, our health, the love in our lives, the smiles we share, clear morning light, and music to dance with. Just to hold my husband's hand, hug our son, share an email with my son who's away at school, talk to my parents, in-laws, and my sister—these are all gifts; you never know how much time you have—enjoy every moment with your loved ones and tell them that you love them with all your heart. NamasteSaraI am grateful for having found the inner peace to accept and treasure whatever is thrown in my way for it is all part of my learning and the reason for my existence in this beautiful worldArijaThere are so many people, blessings to be thankful for and my heart is forever grateful to those, such as my parents, my daughter, my siblings, family and friends.  Right now, what stands out for me is my immense gratitude for my personal relationship with God, with Spirit.  My heart beams with thanksgiving for this ever-present, ever-loving, all protective, powerful Force... this Source of life; my gratitude defies description. This one-on-one relationship is eternal, ever-present and all-wise. It always answers, comforts, teaches me and fulfills my needs and challenges me to embrace "what is", knowing that I've got what it takes to handle and triumph over all, because since before my birth Spirit out-fitted me with all I need to handle life. And whenever I might forget any part of this... God puts something or someone in my path to remind me.  God is so good.  With all that in place. All is Well...indeed. Always.  And for that I am forever gratefulCherylThankful to God for giving me this life, and blessed people all around. The gift of life is greatest of all, I explore and applause many sweet things, like a gentle breeze touching my heart’s stringsVandanaThe Japanese Maple outside my office window is at her full autumnal glory. She is always the last to don her autumn finery reminding me that there is no hurry, you can stop and enjoy the moment. The sun pushes through the scarlet leaves and the room is cast in a warm red glow. I am grateful for sun and the wind making the remaining leaves dance so shadows play about as I workKimI am grateful for the peace in my heartHettienneI am grateful for the wind in my hair, the damp, green autumn grass under my feet, the sunlight streaming through the trees glinting on the last of the falling leaves, the quiet embrace of the empty woods and the peace that I find there, the muddy stream running through it, the uncut, faded grass in the meadow where wild flowers grow in the summer and the ecstatic freedom of my bouncing, bounding, beautiful  young yellow Labrador as she keeps me company on my walk, but most of all I am grateful for the lives and the love of my three beautiful boysCateI am so thankful for my amazing son and the close relationship we have.  He is considerate, empathic, funny and just so smart. He is my greatest inspiration, my heart and on rough days... my reason to get up and keep going. He makes me laugh with joy, shed tears of gratitude, and drives me crazy all in the same day. I couldn’t be more proud of the person he has become and still growing into. I am thankful for this gift I received 15 years agoKimI have so much to be grateful for. My little family has gone through a lot of change in the past two years. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all the help that we have received from family and friends to make our first home buying experience happen for us this year. I am blessed with the most wonderful husband a girl could ask for. I am often awestruck when I watch my sweet, adventurous, and independent son. My heart swells to know that the ones I love are happy. I am grateful that my Uncle Ray is still with us, and that the rest of my family is in good health. Overall, I am just lucky to be so surrounded in loveSarahIn this moment I am most thankful for having Andrew in my life. Even though he is gone now, he is not gone out of my heart and my gratitude, and never will beRosemaryI’m so thankful that God’s arms enfold me. I’m also grateful for my family and friends and the wonderful people who work in my home and garden. Above all, I’m grateful that I live in beautiful Tanzania in the most dramatic continent of all time: Africa!JoI am thankful that my son is safe and warm and my husband is sitting in the same room as me alive and breathing and busy doing something that makes him happy. I am thankful for the roof over my head and that IKEA exists because I love my home that is my safe haven and cocoon from the stresses and difficulties we deal with. I am thankful I have reached a happy, contented relationship status with my mother and I am happy that this week my mother-in-law told my husband she was proud of him and my mum said the same thing to me about me. I am thankful that even though we are in our fifties it gladdens our hearts to make our mothers proud. I am thankful I am proud of my sonMicheleI am most thankful for the many non-instances of punishment meted out by my God for the many sins I’ve committed. I am not only blessed in this life, but have faith for another. I am grateful – and amazedSuldogI am grateful for my life, my family, the sunshine that warms my heart, the chill on a winter's day that I know allows me to feel comfort in loving arms. I am grateful that my grandson, at the age of 5 months survived open heart surgery so I could watch him grow to an adult. Life is beautiful, and for that I am thankful!!Annia strong, rhythmic heartbeat and the opportunity to make the most of this dayGeraldineWarmth, shelter - all my loved ones safely gathered in. Food in the cupboard, fruit in the bowl, water in the tap. Too many in our world do not have such basic necessities. May I always be grateful that I do. AmenClaireThis has been both a painful and enlightening year for me. Change has followed me throughout the year. There have been times that I wanted the carousel of change to stop spinning so I could get off and breathe. As we enter November... I am after 10 long months of changes stepping off for a deep breath of fresh air. I have a moment now as the year closes to look back over the changes that have taken place. Some are deeply painful... needed ...but still heartbreaking for me. Others have strengthened me while some have made me rethink my future. Despite the loss of my home and marriage... I am still thankful for change. The door closes and another is opening for me. Bright, beautiful and new! Change is what I am I am thankful for this yearSarahI am grateful for the rich treasure of my friends, especially my SoulCollage friends around the world. I am grateful for my deep connection to nature and the privilege of living in the Oregon Outback where I can commune with our Mother Earth in solitude. I am blessed to live in a small town that is like an n extended family of neighbors who know and care about each otherToniGod. family. love. religion. good health. friends. work. colleagues. home. parents. teachers. nurses. school. nice people. blogs. inspirations. love. love. loveNelsonI am most thankful for my loved ones, friends and family and fur babies. Love is all, people are what is important, not thingsAnnieMy biggest blessing is that God came to me at the very early age of four. I don't remember that moment, but I do know that He has been with me ever since, guiding and encouraging me through many problems and places. He is the reason I moved to New Zealand and am living an experience I would never have had on my own!bettyI am thankful that in the background, beneath the sound of the TV, I can hear my husband's gentle breathing. I am thankful that he is still breathing. That he is still with us. That he still lives. And that I am the love of his life. My husband has end-stage Parkinson's disease and I am caring for him with the help of hospice in our home. He has dementia (of the lewy body type) and he suffers with paranoia, hallucinations and confusion. He cannot stand, he cannot walk he cannot do any of the things that we all take so much for granted but I am thankful that he still is here with me. I will miss him when he is gone as I know that will happen someday but for now, this moment, today, right now I am thankful as I listen to the gentle snore (the same one that years ago annoyed me) that signifies that he is still a living and breathing part of my lifePaulaHaving just received two postcards from my parents who are traveling in Australia and New Zealand I am so grateful for their health and ability to enjoy this trip of a lifetime together. They’ve always been and continue to be an amazing source of love and support for my husband, my daughter, my brother, my sister-in-law, my niece and me. My heart is filled with gratitude that our family is so close both in proximity and in relationship. Not only are we able to get together often – we look forward to those times and miss them when too many weeks go between our visits. Since my teenage daughter was a toddler family has held an important and special in her heart. Now, it’s the same with my little 3-year old niece. I’m ever so grateful for the foundation of an unconditionally loving family for them and for all of us. Thank you for weaving together these stories of gratitude and shining them back to the world each year, Laura. I am, as ever, so grateful for you as well!JillThe legacy of the eldersAmy Multumesc pentru viata, pentru sufletul pereche, pentru iubire, pentru frumusetea ce ne inconjoara, pentru minunea fiecarei zi... (Thank you for the life, my soul mate, the love, the beauty that surrounds us, the everyday miracle ...)DaniForgivenessPhillipThe Light of CreationLyndamy ability to keep trying again even when it causes me pain, when I am in pain because I am trying to seek joy elusive as it seemsLisaI am so very thankful for all that God has done for meGloriaMy family, my breath, my lifeKaveriGrateful for the spirit of renewal blessing my life, I celebrate the resilience that spurs me on even while challenged on every front.  I am especially grateful to have discovered that inner peace is not dependent on something outside of myselfJudyI am grateful for the generous love of my wonderful husband, son, daughter, mother, father and two sistersSidI am thankful to be able to breathe clean airKimMy heart is so full of gratitude for the years of my life, for my children and grandchildren and my beloved partner Maynard. I praise God that I have had a chance to practice and teach mindfulness through Torah, I am grateful for all my students and teachers. I am grateful for all my senses and the beauty I can feel and hear and see. My gratitude grows with its expression and becomes an infinite songSheilaI am thankful for the LOVE and GUIDANCE of SPIRIT!TracyI am grateful for the change in seasons for it brings me alive. I am grateful for the menacing winds coursing through the huge oaks and pecans for it brings them alive. I am grateful for the scurrying clouds that change from white to pink to gold for it brings the sky alive.  I am grateful for you, Laura, for remembering me and asking for a small stitch for your living quilt.  My gratitude spills over my heartJaneThank You for your ever unfolding love and light.  For the possibility to go beyond that which has previously limited.  Thank You for my children and wife, and for the possibility that I might actually be present with them...right now... as they are.... Thank you for this wondrous lifeJordanThe coyote who lives on the edge, came to me, stopped and listened, as I spoke to him.  Then he dashed away as if being chased.  I saw nothing. I guess we are all being chased by something.  I am grateful for that moment of exchange between myself and what is wildAnnellI am thankful for occasional moments of solitude, to be with myself...alone but not lonelyElaineAWESOME GOD, YOU FLOW THROUGH ME AND AROUND ME GUIDING MY EVERY STEP. I AM SO GRATEFUL TO YOU WITH EVERY BREATH I TAKE BECAUSE YOU ARE THE HOPE, THE LOVE, THE POWER. MAY YOUR LOVE AND COMPASSION FILL ALL OF US. MAY YOU BRING HEALING AND STRENGTH TO THOSE IN NEED TODAYLyndaI am grateful for the beautiful nature I have around where I live. The river, the woods, the fields and the meadows full of flowers every summerBirgittaI am grateful to God for a Father who taught me who God is and how much our mighty Creator loves me.  Daddy’s gentle acceptance of my choices in life, his forgiveness of my mistakes, his great love for all of us continues to touch my heart.  I am thankful for my family—for the beauty I see all around me.  Sometimes I can’t even begin to count the blessings covering my life.  Even in my darkest moments, I am surrounded by lightBethI’m grateful for this gift of consciousness and for every moment I recognize the heaven I inhabitBillIch bin dankbar für die Liebe Gottes! (I am thankful for the love of God!)HeidiLast Sunday I watched the sunrise which is my Red Dawn post, I stood on a stile and watched as the sun came up and was thinking of something suitable I could write. I'm no poet but these are the thoughts I had at the time. Red Dawn Sheep graze in the dawn sky Kites fly over silently by A mouse scurries quickly by The sun peeks up its fiery head A new day has begun Though I was brought up a catholic I don't tend to go to church now my mother passed away even though I do visit many and write a blog on the ones I visit but Sunday I felt if God was there he was there at Dawn that Sunday. I might add it was not the place I wanted to watch it either but a last moment thing. I'll get to the place I want to be one morningBillI am grateful for the breath that gives me life, for the very pulsing of the blood through my veins.  I am grateful for the gift of life itself!Anne MarieI'm grateful for words. So powerful and I am moved by them daily and deeply RachelAt this moment when I looked back in my life and till this present day of my life I feel most thankful to God for my two healthy daughters. I feel blessed when I hear their laughterIndraniSilence as my kids sleep, The rising sun, A distant cawing of the heron, My dog at my feet. Life, love, laughter - these are the things I'm grateful forFionaI am grateful for the peace I can find in my heartJudieThe essence of life is shrouded in a coat of heart beating flesh and bone seeking always the reunion with the source from whence it cameJohnthe endless opportunity-invitation- welcome with open arms- to grow; to be mindfulJoEllenI am grateful for my family, for the opportunity they bring about newness in our relationships and to discover the true meaning of loving one another unconditionallyMaryI'm grateful to be celebrating 56 years of marriage this month ... and even more grateful that we're both still enjoying the journey in reasonably good health.  Grateful to have been all the places we've been.   For family and friends and for sunshine that warms my bones and my toesSallieI am grateful for the opportunity to serveAbraI am most grateful for my husband, daughters, sons-in-law and grandsonTina I'm grateful to all the people I've met online through my books. Ever since becoming chronically ill in 2001, I've been isolated from most in-person interactions. I have found love and support and wisdom online. What makes it particularly special is that I've connected with people from all over the world. Just this morning, I had an email from a woman in Ethiopia who'd read one of my books and wrote to me about her mother who is sick. These communications have made me acutely aware that we are all in this life together. No matter where we live, we face similar struggles and challenges. I've come to see that my suffering is everyone's suffering and their suffering is mine. We must reach out to each other with all the compassion and kindness we have to give. We are one-humanityToniIn this moment I am grateful for having a supportive family and extended family that help my children and provide emotional support for Owen and I when we need itMaryLouI am grateful that I have the opportunity for an internship at Homewood SuitesReggieI am grateful for my wonderful boyfriend, not because he’s my boyfriend, but because he’s so wonderful. BelinI am grateful for the many opportunities that have been given to me this year and the support and comfort that my family always provides me withBeccaI am most thankful for this perfect moment sitting here on the sofa with him, his hand tracing lazy circles over my back. The TV is on, we are both kind of working, it is so peaceful and relaxing. I am thankful for this precious moment and for the wonderful life we share together. MollyI am thankful for: The courage and impetus to keep moving toward loving myself wholly even in the midst of disappointing myself and others. My beloved dog teaches me how to forgive everybody and every thing. I bow to the whole darn gorgeous messCathyI am thankful for the gifts of prayer and the Holy BibleGillenaToday I am grateful for the breath in my lungs, for the beauty that surrounds me, for our growing kitten who thinks she's a lioness, and for the love of my husband that endures in spite of all the many ways we tend to bump up against each other in a given dayCarolynnI am grateful for a husband who has so much kindness, love and patience, a son who is very much like his father, a daughter-in-law who likes and loves us. I am grateful for being able to see my dear, sweet niece get married recently. I am grateful and very thankful for my family and for my friends, for my health because we know several family members and friends who are going through serious and life-threatening illnesses, and I can do nothing but tell them they are loved and lend a listening ear. I am grateful for finally realizing that life is precious, that we not only need to help others in this life but ask for it when needed. I’m grateful for you LauraDeniseMy familyLeenaI grateful that am married to my wife. I am grateful that my boys are good kids and not into drinking or drugs, and get good grades, and have good work ethics. I am grateful for the joy that music bringsDavidHusband, caregiver, friend... love... hopeShannonI am thankful for my family and the circle of virtual friends I have that make me smileEileenMy Mom: 80 and Active!AnitaI am grateful for breath and the ability to breathe in the smells of autumnLindaI’m grateful for the beauty in letting goMerylSå mange hjerter, det varmer langt inn i sjelen. Vi har så mye å være takknemlige for, vi som bor i frie land der alle betyr like mye, der ingen naturkatastrofer rammer oss.. og vi får nok mat hver dag, har en deilig seng å sove i og dem vi er glade i, er rundt oss.  (So many hearts, it heats deep into the soul. We have so much to be thankful for, we who live in free country where everyone matters equally, where no natural disaster strikes.. and we get enough food every day, have a nice bed to sleep in and those we love, is all around us.)Bjørg NinaI am grateful to have the love of friends who support and believe in me in all of my endeavors and through my many faults and flaws. I am grateful for the health of my father after a year of cancer treatment and I am grateful that he is a positive soul who never was brought into the negativity that illness can breed. I am eternally grateful to have a family that supports me in every way, now more than ever. I am grateful that after years of searching I have found a career and life path that seems certain to bring me fulfillment of some kind, and though I don’t yet know the outcome, I am grateful to be on the journey.LaurenGreat G (Gramma) – When her grandson and I divorced, she continued to love me unconditionally as if nothing had changed. As a hurting young wife and mother, her love meant the world to me. I’m enormously grateful and humbled that she remained my Gramma, my daughter’s Great G, remembering us and loving us always. Her smile, her love, her plainspoken Midwestern ways are written in my heart. The Lord received her into Heaven on Nov. 2 where I’m she is happily dancing, joyful in her rewardRoseCarving a prayer in wood, inhaling the scent of fresh sawdust and jacaranda, feeling the texture with my fingertips ....savouring the bliss of creating artRobynAt this time, I am in the midst of an MS relapse, and I also have pneumonia, so I am having a bit of trouble with the thankfulness thing. But, as I sit here, following your instructions, I find that I am most thankful for my husband, who supports me at all times, in sickness and in health, my daughter and granddaughter who are bright shinning lights in my life, and my family doctor, who has been looking after me for 30 years. I am also thankful for the inner strength that I can draw upon in these times of great challengesKarenApóyate en mi y alivia tu dolor - Lean on me and relieve your painLeoviI am most grateful for this past year as it has proven to be the most challenging & rewarding at the same time.  I have faced quite a few major challenges, somehow managed to stay strong for my family & myself as well as change my whole perspective & outlook on life.  Life is fragile & precious, just as family is & without them we have nothing.  So, this year I am especially thankful for life, familly...& having everything that is truly important! 
I wish everyone peace, love & what is truly important!DonnaI cannot hear the muse as she cries Allow me to caress your soul With the breath of a single petal From a single flower Drifting in the moonlight Silver shadows wash like waves Across the field of ancient dreams Touching the hearts of those who care to reflect And just sit a while In silence In silence The heartbeat I hear is not mine Nor is it yours It is the heartbeat of others Listening in the silence My feet take root in the soil As I breathe in the aroma of death And life reborn A thousand times in thought I breathe In Silence In silence AdrianI am grateful for the darling daughter napping on my lap, who looks to me for love and assurance. I am grateful for my own mother, coming over to watch my own growth as a mother. I am grateful for my husband, my sister, my father, and my ever-expanding connections through friends and family as they unfold, interweave, and expand againBeckyI am grateful we continue to connect the invisible threads that unite our humanity. I am always surprised online how wondrous the connections are and continue to see volumes of thought, ideas and generosity!  I try to honor this in my real world, tooEllaWe are grateful for the love we receive and give to all our children and grandchildren. We are also grateful for the improvement you are making daily. Grateful for having a pain free leg, thanks to the surgeon who did such a good job on my back, but mostly that we are all here to celebrate lifemom and dadI am grateful for my husband who helps me in so many ways. We just celebrated 18 years of marriageSheilaAlive at Seventy, Cancer Free, Blessed with Mindful Community bright wet autumn leaves crushed under shoe soles human nature holds on smiles I feel so blessed and grateful to be deeply connected with friends and relatives who I love and care about, and who love and care about meCarolI am thankful for my parents, brothers, extended family, and friends. I am thankful for my home as a refuge and a welcoming place for my friends and familyMeliteGood morning, Sweetness. Good morning, Spirit. Good morning, Light. I am thankful for this dayKimI am grateful for open doorsMarthaI am grateful for an abundant life. I am grateful for abundant joy, for a new perspective on life, for a new attitude. I am grateful for starlight and moonlightPaulaArt journaling, creating art, and meditating. Talking to friends. Exploring possibilitiesMeriI am grateful that Laura Hegfield transforms Torah learning into song.   She sings the song of G-d.   Like in Israel’s name....he will sing to G-d.  She sings to G-d.  Her name must be songDianeFamily and friends to share Love with GaryI am thankful, Merely that And encompassing The passage of days stacked One upon another Each with a gift to bestow. And I am thankful for the day Which dawns anew in my eyes A tender beginning of hope. And I am most thankful That those who roam far, Touch my small world Bringing their own brand of hope to me. As each dawn touches them tooAudrey My sincere gratitude that I was allowed to witness. That in the midst of chaos and hopelessness Spirit of compassion and love brightly shines. Writing this makes me cry. The Typhoon Haiyan tragedy in some parts of the Philippines are unimaginable. Yet it's also overwhelming that enormous help is pouring in from many parts of the worldMariaI am grateful for... having had dedicated, loving and insightful parents who believed creativity was as important as academia and that each of their children was an individual who should follow their dreams. The gift of resilience and a sense of humour, bestowed by my parents and nurtured daily by my children and my Mister. Two amazing adult children who are loving, giving, empathetic and responsible individuals. My Mister and best friend - who is, quite simply, the best! A 20 year remission… all the lessons I have learned in life… some repeatedly! Having the opportunity every day to give someone else a reason to be grateful!JanetEs gibt Momente, da bin ich sehr traurig, da mein Leben zur Zeit nicht so ist, wie ich es mir wünsche. Ich bin so müde und ausgebrannt. Aber es gibt auch viele Momente, da bin ich sehr dankbar, dass ich so liebe und verständnisvolle Menschen wie meinen Mann und meine Tochter, um mich herum habe! Sie halten zu mir. Egal, ob es mir gut oder schlecht geht!. Auch bin ich sehr dankbar, dass ich mit meiner Familie an einem so friedlichen Ort auf unserer Erde leben darf.(There are moments when I am very sad because my life at the moment is not the way I want it to me. I'm so tired and burnt out. But there are also many moments when I am very grateful that I so love and understanding people like my husband and my daughter to have me around! They keep me. Whether I feel good or bad! I am also very grateful that I can live on such a peaceful place on earth with my family)LonettaI'm thankful for the many years we were given with my dear mother, who passed away this year at the age of 83. We almost lost her to a heart attack at age 64, but she rallied and we were so blessed to have those extra years with her. I am thankful for the love she gave her children and grandchildren, and for her bravery in facing so many medical obstacles in her last 20 years of living. I'm thankful for her art, which she continued to make, even in the last weeks of her life. And I'm thankful for all of my dear family, still living, and for each day of life I am given to love and enjoy their presenceLesleyLebensfreude. Lachen. Glück. (Joy of life. Laughter. Good luck.)PetraIch danke allen Menschen, die ihrem Herz und ihrer Seele folgen und die sich stark machen, um anderen zu helfen. Ich bin dankbar dafür, große Freude und tiefe Trauigkeit zuempfinden. Ich bin dankbar für meine Schwächen und meine Stärken. Ich bin dankbar für den Frieden, der in meinem Herzen wohnt. Ich bin dankbar für all die lieben Menschen und Wesen, die mich auf meinen Wegen begleiten. Ich danke der Liebe, die mich durchströmt. Ich danke der Wärme, die mich umgibt. Ich danke dem Licht, das mir den Tag und auch die Nacht erhellt Ich danke dem Leben an sich! (I thank all the people who follow their heart and soul and make yourself strong to help others. I am grateful feel great joy and deep sadness. I am thankful for my weaknesses and my strengths. I am thankful for the peace that dwells in my heart. I am grateful for all the love people and beings who accompany me on my walks. I thank the love that flows through me. I thank the warmth that surrounds me. I thank the light that brightens my day and the night I thank life itself!) Katrinthere is so much to be thankful for. . . for an illness that brought more meaningful insights than pain, for calamities that brought people and communities together, for animal friends that taught kindness and oneness, and for nature spirits that help sew the many layers and fibers of our being into wholeness, and for blog friends who remain constant and loving . . . LuiI am grateful for my life and the opportunities it affords me. The people I meet, and know and love. The places I go and the city I live in. The job I have and the stories I hear. My life in total is what I am thankful forEllyshevai am most thankful for being so blessedbenI’m grateful that I have a kitchen to clean, that I have a dog to walk, that I have a child to take to the dentist, that I have a beautiful swimming pool to go to and that I have the ability to buy gorgeous fruits and vegetables to feed my family, that I have a half time job that allows me to pay attention to these things in my life. And I created this halftime job that I love, and I could keep going... I totally feel that!JulieRight now I'm most grateful for the peace and tranquility I feel, the connection with nature and all the incredible people in my lifeSherylthe beauty of healing and moving onSalmaLast year on the 4th of July, we hosted a BBQ for my husband’s brother and wife. They wanted to pick up a load of gravel that we had left over from our garden project. I remember watching the brothers sweating, working to load it up into the pickup truck. It was a hard job but they were both healthy and strong. They were laughing, talking, teasing, the way brothers do. It was a joyous day… good food, love and warm weather. But by November, a week after Thanksgiving, my brother in law was dead. Lung cancer had carved his name on his head stone. My thanks and overwhelming gratitude is for our health, for the aliveness that flows through me, my husband, and is never taken for granted. I give thanks for the contrast, which makes my life sweeter and richer every day, and I know that my brother in law would be glad in itCaterinaI am thankful that this world is not a perfect place. Of course I am saddened, maddened by tragedy.  But it is the need to repair despair in the world, to take care of its bruises and make it laugh again that gives everything meaning. Laura, I learned Tikkun Olam from you. I hope to live as you do through this most powerful piece of giving. Thanks so very muchEveI am thankful for my beautiful family that is growing up so quickly with such love and thoughtfulnessAmyI am grateful to have a family-to have a roof over my head, a cozy home-for the environment in which I live, not only "house", but be spared really extremely bad environmental disasters- for the blogger world to feel so comfortable and at home-that photography can speak volumes without saying a wordEvaI am thankful for the positive people in my life. I am thankful for the many people, friends, family, and extended (non-biological) family who look out for me and are positive influences in my life. It warms my heart to know that there will always be people who will be there for me through whatever life throws my way. I think if you have people like that in your life it's something you should be eternally grateful for, because if you have people like that, you can make it through anythingKatieI am grateful for music and life, and music in my lifeEveI am thankful for my college experience.  Over the past 4 years of college I have gained many things including:  a loving boyfriend, fantastic friends, a never ending work ethic, an appreciation for procrastination, a BS in psychology, direction in where I want my career to go, and a new respect for my family who had to deal with my many phone calls pleading for assistance with my overbearing amounts of workRachelunconditional loveLoriEvery year at this time I concentrate on what it is I have to be thankful for, reflection is good for the soul. I'm so thankful everyday I get to choose what my priorities are. I have the luxury of contemplating where my time is best spent. All my basic necessities are taken for granted and I'm able to seek self-actualization, which is a true gift. I have a lovely family not without problems or issues but being able to focus our energy on what is important to us, that's truly freedom. In a days time we all have responsibilities and obligations but when I compare my existence to that of so many others I know that I am blessed. I know that one of my responsibilities is to work towards improving the lives of others.  Whether it's better policies or simply assisting or educating people - being able to help is what I'm most thankful.  My FAITH in God makes everything possibleJanetI am grateful for my good life - breath by breath and step by step I am grateful for every day.SharonGathering and sharing--what families do- Sharing past, present and future hopes- Laughing and crying, hugging and kissing- Oh, the love in it al!!! Thanks be to God!!CathyI am thankful for who I am. I was not an easy child to raise. I was too smart and not intelligent enough at times. I was very athletic, and had an overdeveloped sense of independence. I raced cars, I fought, I did a little drinking, I was pregnant at 17, married by 18 and divorced by 20. I finished my Bachelors at 30 and went off to war. Finished my Masters by 34 and retired from the military at 43. I have many regrets, but none that I am willing to loose sleep over. I often think about my choices, and how they brought me to today, and all in all, I don't think I would change my choices. Thank you to all in my life who have lifted me up when I was down and helped me to be the person that I am. There are far too manyBethI am very grateful for the people that (I believe) G-d places in our lives at both just the right time and for just the right amount of time (albeit we might not always view it that way).  For me, they are often like beacons, places of refuge, and even catalysts that unknowingly challenge me to grow on many levels (mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and even physically)DeniseWhat came to me was a vision of sunlight, and I just felt such gratitude for the warmth and light the sun provides. From there I felt a deep upswell of gratitude for all of nature - for the plants, the animals, the elements, the energies - all of it. A gratitude and an awe at its power, which lately we humans sometimes experience as destructive, though nature is really just doing its thing, impartial to us. And that is amazing to me, and inspires more gratitude and humility. In spite of our efforts, and our attempts to either separate ourselves from nature (which of course we are a part of) or to destroy it, the earth itself keeps on going, and will, with or without us in itLisaImmense gratitude from every direction from which I feel. There is music, love, hope, friendship, creativity. It is simply a habit I get into when it seems there is no means to an end. Then I realize:there is no end, only the journey of now. I am grateful for the journey of the nowLonnyI am so very thankful for my life…the people in it, my family, my yoga practice and the time I am able to carve out for myself.  This season of snow is not my favorite but I gratefully look to the long slanted light to find warm spaces to create, to read, to slow down and savor the worldStephanieThe soft sound of our dog snoring at the end of the bed. The fact that we have time to chillGodonI'm grateful that I can see the beauty in the world, that I can hear the sound of peace, that I have my own soulful voice, that I can sense the scent of truth, and that I can feel the loveLoredanaI am grateful for the chance to express gratitude for lessons I am learning out of the devastation my country suffered from supertyphoon Haiyan.  Seeing everyone of every nationality pitch in has moved me to tears (and I am rarely in tears). I feel God so close! In the face of what seems so wrong, the world gathering to show they care just seems so right. Oh, IT IS RIGHT. THANK YOUHazelThis has been a year of loss. My husband and I each lost our beloved fathers, nine days apart. My husband lost his job, which was so much more than a job; it was how he defined himself. In an indirect way this caused me to lose my job also, although it was only part-time and not in any way a “career,” it was flexible and I liked it, and now it’s gone too. We are both struggling to rebuild our life and are faced with having to reinvent ourselves…which can be a blessing, but is trial by fire nonetheless. There are days, like today, when inspiration is nowhere to be found, and I sit here wondering…what now?  How do I focus on gratitude? It seems trite, or maybe just too obvious, but the answer is always the same: love. It really all comes down to love.  Love is the only thing that lasts. It is infinite, enduring, mysterious, and, I truly believe, the greatest power in the universe.  It is stronger than faith, which can falter. It is the source of all hope.  Without it, we are nothing.  Our fathers are not here, but their love is. And will always be. It links us forever to one another. I am grateful beyond measure for the love of my father, and the love I will always have for himDonnaFor evening evening into darkness. For sleeping till 5. For teachers who are there for me. For friends far away. For the one who brings all and fit my new class title. Tending the white fire if the body.AlumahI am grateful for family and friends who support me, encourage me, love me, and push my buttons showing me the parts of myself that are still left to work on. Everyone is my teacher, and I am so grateful for that.FranI am grateful for the mysteries of the material world (as affected by money & peoples actions around money) that sometimes seem unimportant, and I'm always trusting that there is more to learnBrooksThe small lake near my home. The sunlight dancing on the rise of the waves.    The reflections of the brilliant cobalt sky, pearl clouds and gold autumn trees.  The variations in the movement of the water affected by the day’s wind speed.  Still, like glass, on calm days.  Colors reflect like a soft watercolor painting on days with a gentle breeze.   The splash of the white-capped waves on windy days.  The noticeable changes in the surface as a gust of wind whips across the lake. The sight of the two prominent mountains towering above the foothills to the west. The dark curtains of rain drifting across them when the sky above the lake is clear.  The synchronized undulating flight of the flock of raucous red-winged blackbirds.  The stripe on their black uniform making the flock appear to be a marching band as they swoop and descend into the cattails. The osprey and its circling and calculated moves diving for its dinner. Three feeding at one time. Their persistence in winning sustenance.  Its shaking off while in flight after a dive.   Their frequent short, shrill calls.  The king-sized black dragonflies.  The proud bald eagle in the enormous cottonwood tree watching for its next meal.  The happy song of the chickadee darting from tree to tree.  The sunlit glow of the cattail fluff as it scatters in the air.  The long straight legs of the great blue heron in flight and the slow, silent beating of its giant wings.  Its short, deep, hoarse call.  The rare grey-ultramarine flash of the underside of its wings created by the light being just right as it comes to an upright position for landing on the rocky shore.  The wide-eyed realization that the great blue heron is actually blue! Its noble patience as it wades motionless in expectation of fish. The belted kingfisher’s rapid chattering.  Its swift flight low over the water. The cormorant vanishing under the surface and appearing again some distance away. Being the lone witness to this activity.  The tranquility the water exudesLisaI am thankful for "this" life of mine.  Warts and all, I am grateful for it and realize it is perfect for meOlgawhen I am tired, weary and can't seem to find the meaning in life that I thrive on, I open the door to the world and step out. the sun, rain, clouds, leaves, trees and leaf shadows, the color of the world around me, all of them, sing me back to life. and I am gratefulHannahGrateful for my family. Grateful for humanityAyalaI am grateful to in a warm home with my husband and children for the holidaysMerleI am grateful for unexpected challenging life situations, for teaching me that I am not always in control, and inviting me to let go and truly liveColeenI am thankful for animals and cuddles.  And our pet cat.  And for everything except for mean people and mean thingsRobinI am thankful that I get to go to gymnastics and for sparkly shoes.  I am thankful for my cousins and stuffed animals.  And for babies. MollySitting in a room of nine women this afternoon, I realized that among them, I was the only one who has two parents still living, with whom we will spend the Thanksgiving holiday, our yearly ritual.  I am grateful for this blessing in my life and that my children have had the opportunity to know one set of their grandparents from infancy. I am grateful for the amazing women in my life, who know intuitively how to show up, offer loving support and compassion when needed, and most of all, treasure deep connection and friendship. My loving and amazing children are bright stars in my life….tremendous gratitude for this bright light that shines in my lifeCindyThis moment I am grateful for all the possibilities that lie before me and all the life I have lived to this moment. I am so grateful to be who I am and to have the life I have! All of it!! This has been a hard year with serious illness in my immediate family and the loss of two dear friends. I find that those experiences have deepened my gratitude for all of life. And it has made me even more grateful that I get to live, love and laugh every day!SilkeI am grateful for my loving and funny family, my wonderful friends upon whom I can depend for love and support, and my challenging, but always interesting job, where I get to help people heal from terrible illness. And finally I am grateful that my family and I are healthy and happy!!DevraI am grateful for my life. I am grateful for the people in my life: for the ones who have been, and for the ones who still are. I give thanks for all the blessings I have received and for unknown ones that are on their way. I give thanks for my talents and my skills, and for having the opportunity, freedom and support I need to use themIngerI am grateful for my siblings.  We have supported each other through the loss of our parents and remain committed to each other and our family traditions.  I love how we always make time for each other and can count on each other if needed.  I would like to think that our close family ties would make our parents proudMelanieI am grateful to have reached retirement age in health with my husband at my side.  I am so thankful to have wonderful Camp Shira (the legacy of Alan’s parents Shirley and Ira) that provides our extended family and friends a lakeside retreat of serenity, beauty, wildlife and joyBeckyI am grateful I have the strength to believe in me and know that I will overcome any obstacle set before me know that change is growth and growth is success. I am grateful to have two wonderful children that fuel me with the strength to prevail. My father, brothers and the handful of folks that believe in me I am grateful for. I am also grateful for the energy given to me from those who are no longer here physically, yet their spirit guides me, protects me and teaches me what matters... being happy. I am grateful I can be, and know that everything works out, as I know I will be here tomorrow and we all know we are on a journey. I am grateful for the journey I have traveled, how it has shaped me to be who I am today, and journey that is before meMitchellI am grateful that when darkness covers my spirit blessings light their candles to guide the way to hopeSusieThe other evening I was meditating before sleep and pondering what I was grateful for. I do this often and on this particular evening, quite unbidden and unexpected, I found myself feeling deeply grateful for my own existence, the simple fact that I am. I've felt happy to be alive before, often really, but this was different. I took a moment just to be with this, to let this gratitude for being wash over me. It was a quiet, humble, rich appreciation for life for my participation in it. It was then completely reasonable to extend this depth of gratitude out to include all living beings for we are all profoundly significant, irreplaceable, and beyond words important to the integrity and beauty of the fabric of Life. I'll take this as a theme into my meditations going forward into the new year, sending love and appreciation inward for it fully belongs there and then outward in ever expanding spirals of inclusion for it fully belongs there as well. Such rewarding practices, sometimes more formal, other times less so, exist in the Taoist and Buddhist traditions and in many others I am sure. I wish you all happiness and well-being on all levelsArtI'm thankful for the wonderful people who spend time hosting bloghops, thanks for all the work. I'm looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with my 5 nearby grandkidsHannahI'm grateful for all the people in my life, both present now and gone. I am grateful for the experiences I've had both dark and bright that have led me to this momentMaryI am grateful to be alive, healthy, and in remission from Crohn's disease with wonderful family and friends who support me alwaysJeanieI’m grateful for my life path. It is perfect for me. I am blessed by many, and I am a recovering soul. I am in awe of the wonders that come alive everyday in the littlest things. I am blessed to be a mother and grandmother. I am a child of God. And I love myself as his childGretchenEvery day I am grateful for the trust to believe in second chances, thankful that my children are happy and healthy. Large snuggly slightly overweight dogs. Friends I can depend on, and who can depend on me... and more than an occasional bite of dark chocolateAbbieI am grateful to be here in this very moment, alive and well, especially when so many beings are suffering. My life is blessed and good and I am very thankful to the Divine One for the opportunity to be, to love, and to serveJanI'm grateful for the opportunity to write, to follow my passions, and to encourage my daughter to follow her passions. And I'm always grateful for family, friends, and everyone's health. And last but not least, for the opportunity to make each day count in some small wayJerryThe blessing and challenge of technological immediacy. NaomiGnarled fingers accept each season, Reach toward the sky Asking no more Than to be. I have always admired The strength of trees, their Undisputed ability to bend, sway, Displaying a wisdom we humans should Embrace, not clearcut -A spirit that’s Nectar is mother earth. Do we ever Think to pause from our rat race, Hesitate for a moment And give thanks for the day? Not likely; prayers are often saved for Sundays, holidays, Knowing flowery words will impress Friends, family.  Peace, though, starts with Us being thankful for what we have, Leaving desires, wants - to rest.  Focusing on what we Need.  It starts now.  Not tomorrow. If Everyone where to be like a tree, we would Simply be silent.  Learn to listen. Simply embrace the light.  Be satisfiedMargaretI'm grateful to have come across "Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents"  (Christine Carter, 2010), a book that is newly impressing upon me why gratitude is the only way to live.Lisaeg er takknemlig for at familien min og jeg har kommet oss relativt helskinnet gjennom prøvelsene vi har blitt utsatt for i løpet av 2013! (I am grateful that my family and I've passed relatively unscathed through the trials we've been subjected to in 2013!)IrénThe blue sky this am The dolphins playing on the bay My students coming to learn with me My daughter, son and grand kids My boyfriendJaniceGrateful to be employedBobHaving struggled the last 6 weeks with mono, feeling frustrated, weary and very teary... I am grateful for family, friends and my two "pups," who help me keep my spirits up reminding me that this will passSharonGood friends!LarryWater: clean and plentiful drinking water from my tap; beautiful, calming creeks that run through my neighborhood; nearby waterfalls that fill me with awe, and help me lose my sense of self alongside their power and majesty.  I'm also most grateful for safety from water: despite living in a flood plain, we haven't (yet) suffered the enormous harm and losses that others have in neighboring towns and countriesMirandaI'm thankful for my family, friends, and all of my swim team kidsSarahsnow falling outside, food and loving companions to celebrate special times with, warm, safe place to liveCindyAt this moment I am thankful for the love of my very large family. They dearly love each other and delight in our family Thanksgiving gathering to celebrate life and to count our many blessingsJeanneI am so grateful I have the wisdom, at least most of the time to be silent and listen to what is coming from my own being....I know it is indeed the words of the divine soulCindyHaving people who care about me, and friends and tiny coffee shopsRosieRight now, I am very grateful for relationships that endure, for health that returns, and for the strength of spirit to open again and againMyriamI am grateful for every breath I take, reminding me of the miracle of life, the miracle of oneness as we each breathe the same air and return the breath that there may be growth and nurturance....In breathe.....out breathe....DechenMy beautiful granddaughter!NancyI am grateful for the thriving and health of my family, and the warm and thoughtful community in which I work.JonI am grateful for the sunshine and the water, great providers of Life!NamakiI'm grateful for friends who care enough to listen to me whine.SharmonI sit here in the quiet, breathing - deeply because I'm tired.  I look at my newborn granddaughter, so beautiful, peacefully smiling from angel tickles.  Asleep at last.  The clock is rushing me.  I must pick up my grandson from preschool in a little while.  I brace for his energy that enlivens mine in ways I didn't know existed.  My daughter is catching up on sleep, my son-in-law just left for work.  Hubby is baking challah bread for friends at home before he prepares to join me. A busy day for him. My life. Full, yet empty for whatever comes next. For now, I am happy and I wallow in it.  I ask no questions today, I just accept what is.  And it is good.  For this I am grateful. Perhaps I'm even more grateful, because of the challenges I've encountered, the things that didn't happen the way I envisioned or wanted, and the prayers whose response was no.  It's okay.  I'm glad to be aliveMyrna3rd Street, Charlie always grinning even if you have no moneyBrianGrateful for the capacity to feel gratitude for an ever-present place that exists within me filled with quiet, calm, beautiful serenity - that holds me always in an embrace of safetyPearlI am grateful for the mercy of more love than all my mistakes. Mercy, like the feeling of standing near the ocean or taking in the view on top of a mountain, or breathing in the expanse of the desert, or the light through a leaf. These are the things that consume my misgivings and remind me of my connection with the source of blessings. And then there is the dog that rests at my side, the husband flying home from Asia, the daughter carrying our fist grandchild and her husband supporting her with love. The son, welcoming and thoughtful and his wife, exuberant and gifted. I am grateful for a dear friend I have never met - who prompts me to look again at this life and see blessingTeriFor my love of my life, husband of 41 years, for my children, grand-children, sons and daughter-in law, for my parents, my sister and brother - my best friends still. For my friend Judy, for health, for creative gifts. That we still love mankind. I praise and give thanksKarenon this snowy morning just before thanksgiving i am grateful for my home and the loving people who gather hereKaraIn a blue glass bowl I find three red raspberries. for which I give thanksMarkI am grateful that, despite everything, there are so many moments of grace in this world!LuluI am thankful for my warm apartment, my doggy companion, and my amazing collection of family, friends and co-workers.Shoshanaloved ones and breathTammieI am grateful for my gorgeous dog who never leaves my side, for my smartie-pants bird who keeps me on my toes, and for my loving family and friends who continue to believe in meJaclynI'm grateful to be inside and warm on this cold stormy nightNaracolorsJulieI am most grateful for the privilege of feeling deep gratitude… For not taking anything for granted... For knowing that much of what I do have in the present used to be what I prayed for and dreamed about… For the gift of life, for the magic of nature, for food and shelter, for family, friendship, and love… And for being able to hold on to hopeNuritA life filled with giving
makes a life of gratitude.
It is more blessed indeed
to give than to receive.
The joy in a child’s face
as she opens a gift
is thanks enough, I believeVivI am grateful for all that I see, hear and touch around meEmmaGrateful I needed to remind myself, I am breathing upright and conscious. Grateful my life has been stellar in gifts compared to most people in history. Grateful Laura was there beckoning, Write it all down, take notes girl, you got it good.MaryI am grateful for the holy ground I walk on everyday, for the single blue jay who visits early in the morning, for the bare trees that remind me that emptiness is necessary so I can be mindful when fullness arrives.  I am grateful for smiling faces, sad and old faces, young and healthy faces.   I am grateful for the laughter of children and the tears of joy that come unbidden when the moon rises and its light falls on my shoulder. I am grateful for the lovers, the dreamers and the snowman builders in my life. There aren't enough words or hours to name all of the reasons I am filled each day with gratitude to the Creator and I bow my head in a silent prayer, 'Thank you.WS.I am thankful for the health of my parents specially my father ~  Also thankful for the blessings of good health and love from my familyGrace

72 comments:

  1. What a lovely quilt and video Laura ~ Thanks so much for weaving all of our words of gratitude ~ Wishing you a lovely day ~

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  2. How beautiful to be surrounded by your photos and gorgeous quilt!

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  3. I'm making my comment before reading, as I delayed sending my patch of the quilt too long... apologies, but think it's me that missed out!

    I already have a tear just from watching your video Laura.... so beautiful, so touching. talented lady... thankyou.

    I'm thankful for you & people like you who go out of their way to spread love.peace, compassion... who care.
    I'm also, so grateful for forgiveness...there have been, there are, so many inhumane acts carried out... it is forgiveness... & determination & compassion, that has allowed so many people to move forward, to recover, to determine that certain things will not recur & keep working to that end from a place of love.

    Love to you dear one
    suzi

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving Laura and THANK you for this beautiful quilt and for all you do always.

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  5. Laura, the music and images in your video are so wonderful... Thank you. Sent my other message before I watche it)

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  6. Wow, beautiful. A lovely tribute. Happy Thanksgiving.

    Salma

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  7. What a magical quilt! I will definitely return multiple times to soak in the gratitude from so many dear hearts.
    You bring special things to this world, Laura. I am grateful to be on the planet at the same time as you.
    Happy thanks giving and happy Hanukkah!

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  8. What a magical quilt! I will definitely return multiple times to soak in the gratitude from so many dear hearts.
    You bring special things to this world, Laura. I am grateful to be on the planet at the same time as you.
    Happy thanks giving and happy Hanukkah!

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  9. nice....thankful to be a part of it again this year as well...happy thanksgiving everyone....smiles...lovely...was cool to read through all of them...it is overwelming the feel ofhappiness i get in reading...smiles.

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  10. As always this is TOO, TOO stunning/gorgeous/wonderful, but I must say, the video is even more so!!
    May you receive the blessings of the season hundredfold, dear, dear Laura xxx

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  11. Thank you for including my patch in your beautiful quilt. You have done a tremendous job of putting this all together. Such beautiful messages from a beautiful messenger. Thank you, Laura.

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  12. Well done, Laura! Thanks for creating this wonderful quilt! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  13. What a lovely quilt,Laura!Well done!Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. As I sat reading these messages of thankfulness in the Gratitude Quilt while I drank my coffee, I noted that no one said they were thankful for a big car or fancy dishes; for elegant restaurants, a fine home, expensive shoes, shopping or other superficial pursuits. They were thankful for the things that are real and true and not tied to materialism; for opportunity, music, education, friendship, health; for the challenges, the shadows of life and the light; for big snuggly dogs and sunlight dancing on the waves; for a little more time with those who will be transforming soon; for hands to hold, family, friends; for quiet moments together; for the warmth of sunshine on upturned faces and freckles on a child's nose. The words are so beautiful, their meanings so true and authentic. This is the real deal, not materialism or consumerism. The heart of Thanksgiving.

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  15. A fantastic sky. Have a happy Thanksgiving.
    Herzlich, do

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  16. A wonderful post! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Irene

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  17. Alright! Interesting sky and reflections, light and a really nice color!
    I am very happy with these beautiful messages!

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  18. WOW; - Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  19. I just remembered your quilt today upon waking up ;-)
    It is so beautiful, Laura, and thank you for sewing it and us together and keeping the tradition alive. Bless your kind and loving heart...

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  20. Thank you for hosting. The weave of this tapestry is so very beautiful!

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  21. how happy we are, when we recognize, the beauty of "real".

    fabulous sharing from so many, a blessing!

    i forgot to post on the quilt. ;-(

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  22. Love this quilt! Grateful to you! Blogging forward...<3

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  23. How very gorgeous!! Thank you, Laura, for the invitation & opportunity to contribute and all the work that you put into stitching this all together…and to everyone who contributed for their words of wisdom & gratitude!

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  24. o beautiful Laura.. Hope you had an amazing day

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  25. Thank you for sharing all theese wonderful words.
    May I add: I am feeling humble because I am healthy.
    All the best.
    Mormor

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  26. Wow! the effect is amazing...from all over the world, warmness flows.

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  27. Laura, thanks for allowing me to share in this experience. It's new to me, and I am so grateful to be reading this on Thanksgiving, after all the negativity the holiday brought on by commercialism this year. I see several friends in there... You are a blessing to all of us. Your blog is well named. Namaste, Amy

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  28. Great effort by you! Thank you for this.

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  29. Beautiful. Your video is like a prayer. You embody Grace, my friend. Much love to you.

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  30. How wonderful Laura.

    Enjoy the Thanksgiving Weekend.

    xo

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  31. Laura ~ so creative and colorful and look at all these grateful people maybe the world will get the message ~ thanks, carol, xxx

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  32. How beautiful! In my part we have no formal concept of thanksgiving. I am awed by the quilt!

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  33. Beautiful clicks, Happy Thanksgiving..

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  34. Beautiful reflections and such wonderful colors!!

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  35. That's a touching and thoughtful set of messages.

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  36. Such lovely photographic images!

    «Louis» thanks you for your visit to San Francisco Bay Daily Photo

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  37. Heisann Laura,

    What a great post - I have read half the amount of the contributions, and I am very pleased.
    Have a nice weekend, all of you!

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  38. What a great job you have accomplished here !
    Thank you Laura !

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  39. What a lovely reflections !!
    Have a happy weekend.

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  40. Very wonderful quilt, Laura. Thanks for this.
    Love this post so much.

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  41. Touching words and photos! Such a great job you have done here and really a wonderful post!

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  42. Dear Laura,
    many thanks for your words, she are gorgeous

    greetings from Germany
    Traudi

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  43. What a lovely post in every way! The photos are beautiful, and I especially enjoyed your wonderful video. And the gratitude "quilt" is such a creative and sweet idea! Happy belated Thanksgiving and a Happy Hanukkah to you, Laura!

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  44. Hello Laura, You images of the ordinary divine make me smile as I enjoy each composition. Your idea for a gratitude quilt of words is very inspiring. Mindfulness - my practice continues. Thank you.

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  45. Happy Hanukkah to you and the family, the quilt is always fun to see all the messages of gratitude woven in

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  46. Great post, wonderfull video, hoping you a nice thankgiving From Belgium wish peace all over world

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  47. what a wonderful quilt - and great video! sorry I didn't participate.

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  48. The pictures are really impressive, well done ! I also like your words regarding being grateful ; you did put a lot of thought in this.

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  49. Oh compassionate seamstress ~ we walk among the gentle ribbons on gratitude and breathe in blessing. Beautifully done, words, images, video. Stay well and be filled with continued grace during your upcoming retreats. Teri

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  50. Beautiful quilt! Thank you Laura for inviting me to be a part of it.

    Hazel

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  51. Wonderful shots, I especially like the top one!

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  52. Wow. Awesome. Thank you, Laura. \

    I found your gratitude video is a wonderful way to open the heart...to receive and feel all the love and gratitude here, including the immense love you put into this project. Thank you. Namaste.

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  53. Wonderful Laura, in every way, I especially liked your piece. It is so heart warming to see so many people sharing, thank you.

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  54. Laura, I am awestruck at the beauty you have captured here. Your video is so very soulful, quiet and inspirational. Happy Hannukah and Thanksgiving to you!

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  55. Laura, this is so cool! I read some, but will definitely have to visit again.

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  56. What a glorious post! I thank you for the gratitude video...very special! Aloha

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  57. Just beautiful, Laura! You do the blogosphere a service by this lovely gesture each year.

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  58. Just lovely, I'm also grateful to you for including me xox

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  59. Great work by you! Thank you for doing this and including all of us!

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