Thursday, November 25, 2010

"Thank you" for....

I routinely start each day saying "Thank you" for the smallest of things that exist in my life. A seemingly small expression that barely points in the direction of what I truly feel when I am happy with something. Being able to give gratitude for all that I am aware of, fills the space where doubt and fear could easily grow."Thank you" for the good night's sleep that has given my body rest and new dreams to live for. "Thank you" for the full breath I have just inhaled, that comes from fresh air, swirling through trees, mountains and seas to fill my lungs. As I stand up for the first time today, I am thankful for the steadiness of spirit that allows me to rise on strong legs and well taken care of feet, that has taken years of effort to achieve.

It can be so easy to sow doubt, within ourselves, about what isn't working in our lives and in our country. So, today, as to not dwell on what can go wrong, I say "Thank you" for all that is....being careful not to assign labels of right or wrong. Individual perceptions oftentimes have us bestow positive or negative qualities onto life's events, when in reality, our reactions to them are what gives an event its' quality. Being able to adjust to changes allows us to make the most out of the things we cannot control nor influence. The present is always bright, when we do not weigh it down with fears of the past projected onto the future.

"Thank you" for the friends that want your friendship...and ask you for nothing more than for you to be your authentic self. "Thank you" for the ability to unearth that authenticity within and to allow it to be shared with those who love you....and knew, before you did, of its existence. "Thank you" for the love of family members, whose destinies are karmically aligned with our own, and foreseen before birth.

Primarily, on this day of expressed Thanksgiving, I say "Thank you" for the unison that Joe and I move in tandem with, whether awake or asleep, near or far, with or without, because it occurs by our own volition, without demand, much as a circle flows into its beginning. "Thank you" for that flow that begins with one and ends with the other, for the legs that supports the weight of the other and for the thought that gives rise to an action in the other.

We celebrate this day at the home of our generous friends, Walter Allen and Brian Leister, in Easthampton, shared with dear friends that have supported our dreams for more years than any of us care to count. The commemorative friendship feast is being deliciously prepared by the professional chef in our family, Dennis Williford, with his usual taste, skill, jocularity and joie de vivre. And finally, "Thank you" for taking the time to read these thoughts and giving thanks of your own.

16 comments:

Georgette said...

you forgot handsome too!! lol!!

Anonymous said...

this is soooo beautiful ...poignant .....and true ....
i so appreciate you ...your friendship ...your creativity ...your spirit .....your soul ....and the love we share ...
i an thankful you are in my life......very very very thankful .....
much love to you on this day ...and always ...
mitakuye oyasin ~ xom

Genita said...

No Thank You Darling!

Tymm said...

Amen! Love that art Glenn...beautiful words to accent your work...

Ash said...

Glenn,

And thank you for the moving moment of eloquence your writing has given my morning.

In a few hours, I shall head to Park Slope to celebrate this day with some friends who seem to enjoy having me at their table at this time of year. I hear we will be 16 -- a cast of thousands to me. But, they have the room and we have the willingness. It should be fun.

Enjoy your time in East Hampton. And give Joe an extra squeeze for me the next time he's in your arms. Winking smile

Ash

Renee said...

I too start the day with a thank you to the LORD.... I wish you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!

Harry said...

And-thank you for such lovely words that not only lift the spirit but nourish the soul. The accompanying art piece is fantastic--love the notan effect.

Gobble, gobble,

Ricon said...

I can not tell you how lucky, blessed, honored, and most of all, THANKFUL to have Joe and you in my life. You are the Best parents one could ask for. Your nourishment and genuine has influence the way I live my life...a healthy life. A path led to success, by my own means. Each day I am thankful for where I am positioned at this point of my life, and I most certainly would not be where I am today if Joe and you had not been there. Thanks for saving my life in so many ways I can not explain. I WILL do the same for someone else. You have taught me the greatest lessons in life... Have faith and believe in oneself! I am most grateful.

I love you,
Ricon W.

Valerie said...

Dearest Glenn

I really enjoyed your story about the past and present beauty of the person and

remembered time. ( The story of the barber shop reaquaintence)

love to u and joe at holidays and all ways

Valerie

Carson said...

Hi Darlings,
Are you still in beautiful and rich East Hampton enjoying the fruits of lives well lived,I was so moved by your declaration of love and appreciation for JoJo and your friends Glenn,it revealed a deep level of self integrity.

Carson said...

Hi Darlings,
Are you still in beautiful and rich East Hampton enjoying the fruits of lives well lived,I was so moved by your declaration of love and appreciation for JoJo and your friends Glenn,it revealed a deep level of self integrity.

Deborah said...

Thank you for being you!!! Hope Joe and you had a blessed TD!!!!

Deborah W said...

How are things? I totally concur with your views on being thankful. I count my blessings daily. Life is wonderful.

Amy said...

Hi Glen, I always enjoy your blog. Happy Holidays to you and Joe.

Anonymous said...

Glenn, your words always leave me in a thoughtful place. Thanks for allowing me a moment to just stop and be in the present, with gratitude

Michael

Joe said...

Hey Baby,

Thanks sooo much for your loving words of appreciation. Our ongoing evolution and transformation as soul mates and life partners continue to be very enriching and nurturing for me as we progress into our 20th year together.

Love you,
Joe