Thursday, March 19, 2009

thankful thursday

"what do you want?" asked my new friend as we crossed the windy street last night in new haven.

"i was thinking something light, maybe a salad and some grilled chicken," i replied. we had an hour to kill before the program started.

"not for dinner," she said. "in your life."

i looked around. the evening light was lilac, the city bustled all around us, winter's last bite was in the breeze. i was wearing pretty clothes, i had money in my purse for dinner. there were people who loved me waiting for me to come home. i had spent the afternoon walking baby jake up and down the drive, scouting out signs of spring. i heard from my agent - my 12th novel is with an editor i've worked with before, she's in pursuit of the spanish money. i couldn't think of anything, outside a book contract - i wanted. not anything i don't have already.

"i'll take 25 more years of what i have right now," i said. i think of these as "our town" moments, when i stop and take a look around and let myself just Be.

"there's nothing you want?" she asked.

"not a blessed thing," i answered.

for all that i've been blessed with, i am most acutely and profoundly Grateful.

and furthermore, the war will end. blessed be.

18 comments:

Laura Rose said...

Blessed be.

April said...

Isn't it grand, Annie, when you're able to find contentment in your life as it now is...without wanting more? What a blessing! Enjoy it to the fullest!

Lynette said...

YES! You get it. Life is good. Just look around us. We have food, shelter, people we love and who love us back. Enjoyment should be in the small things.

Thanks for pointing it out so aptly!

Dina said...

i feel the same way...there are a few minor things i would like but generally my life is wonderful. isn't it grand? i know for both of us it took a lot of life lessons to get to this place.

Martha said...

Beautiful, must beautiful.

Amy said...

That is so true. To be blessed with what you have.

Patrice said...

What a FABULOUS post. What a fabulous moment of gratitude. What a fabulous life you have made for yourself.

"Our Town moments." Perfect.

And we are lucky to have YOU.

Bonnie said...

Very inspirational. It made me stop and think about what I had and did I really want anything more? Nope.....I am content...a wonderful husband, wonderful boys, wonderful grandbabies and nieces and nephews...most material things paid for. Yes I am content. Thanks for opening my eyes.

Walk in the Woods said...

Gotta love those "Own Town" moments. :)

Queenie Jeannie said...

An attitude of gratitude is always wonderful!!!

You always end your posts with the same line. What does it mean?

Mindy said...

It's just the BEST feeling to be blessed and happy =)

Kathy said...

What a wonderful place to be.

Kim said...

Big sigh of peace and contentment! Blessed be.

Nortehanon said...

Thank you for this post. It reminded of how blessed my life has been and that I should be cognizant of every blessing that comes my way, big or small.

Sending warm greetings from the southeast side of Asia.

Barely Domestic Mama said...

Great post! :)

rightonmom said...

Beautiful and thoughtful.

Stay blessed. And know you're such a blessing to many of us.

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Hi Annie, it is so nice to be back here and read your interesting post. :)

Patti Gibbons said...

isn't it a wonderful space to be in, where you are happy with all that you already have, many of those things are ephemeral things that money can't buy?

Happy Spring, Happy Birthday, and have a splendid weekend. xp