Gratitude In The Morning

Step Into The Woods, photo by David Clemens, 2015 Used with permission

Step Into The Woods, photo by David Clemens, 2015 Used with permission

 

“Dear Ones, I know these three things to be true, above all:

1) There is no happiness without gratitude
2) There is no transformation without self-accountability
3) There is no peace without forgiveness

But first among those — the alchemy of all alchemies — is gratitude.”
–Elizabeth Gilbert

It is a beautiful cool Sunday morning and I’m enjoying drinking nice hot coffee with sugar and cream while David bakes in the kitchen.  I sit here looking out my window at the beautiful green lushness of my environment and give thanks that I am living where I am at this moment in time.

A Trail Of Morning Light, Photo by David Clemens, 2015, used with permission.

A Trail Of Morning Light, Photo by David Clemens, 2015, used with permission.

 

“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”
― Lemony SnicketThe Blank Book

The morning is still and quiet and even the squirrels and hummingbirds are just getting started on their days’ work. Most days both the squirrels and hummingbirds provide me with an eye on the world of nature that I haven’t always seen or appreciated.

We have an alder tree in our back yard where three or four squirrels at a time will set the tree to trembling and rocking as they go out to the very tips of the beaches to get at the seeds they are eating.  Just when I think the squirrel will surely fall he will hang on with his back legs and swing around and stretch until another branch is there much like an expert trapeze artist.

Hummingbird Outside My Window, photo by Glenda Clemens 2015

Hummingbird Outside My Window, photo by Glenda Clemens 2015

 

“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”
― Henry David ThoreauWalden

The hummingbirds come and drink from the sucrose water hanging there for them just above the roses.  Sometimes they even stop and have a sip from the roses.  One hummingbird with a rust colored head and wings will occasionally hover looking into the window.  Sometimes I think he is looking at me but other times I think he is checking to see if he could just take a short cut through the house to the feeder on the front porch.  He hasn’t bumped into the window yet and I hope if he does it is a gentle bump.

I am so happy and so grateful for the life I have.
What a miracle to have discovered so much at this point in my life.

2 thoughts on “Gratitude In The Morning

  1. Just last evening, we were sitting on the porch with a small group of friends and commenting on the exquisite evening light, the golden green energy of the land and woods, and how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful space. This summer is full of gratitude….