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Gratitude



(In honor of Thanksgiving, 2019)



this month heralds


a most marvelous theme


gratitude


thankfulness

appreciation

acknowledging intrinsic worth

honoring


the list can go on


my younger son gave me a framed quote for my most recent birthday, and it reads...


“When you love what you have, you have everything you need.”


encapsulates gratitude


kindles deep contentment


santosha


Sanskrit word describing contentment


the ambrosia of this recognition...


gratitude can be elicited by

both the massive and

minuscule


spanning the tiniest of golden glints

In sands below


to the infinite canopy of sky and scintillating stars

above


light of eons past


light


that has travelled


for some millions of years

to grace our planet


and our vision


an ancient past

becoming our present


and at the fulcrum

of this impulse of pure gratitude and graciousness

is this recognition


this recognition


that the universe is not contrary

to ones highest wishes


a friend, not a foe


to ones deepest joy


that the trajectory of life leans always


toward our most profound fulfillment


toward love


that we have an absolute ally in this cosmic cosmos


that we are never truly alone

but rather enwrapped in


and permeated with


that

glorious aloneness


that is one with all


that is


knowing thusly we can see and be thankful for


golden glint of sand in the stretch of shore


and the magnificence of starry skies above



we can be thankful



Annie Kiyonaga


November 28, 2019


#gratitude




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