The Layers of Thanksgiving

by Hilary Horn

By Jenneth Graser

Open the day with thanks
as you shrug back the curtains into the view.
Stop for a moment, remain.

Peel back the layers of thanksgiving:

1. everything beautiful in your past to be grateful for.

Delve deeper and you find:

2. the painful things that have shaped your life for good.

Go into a new layer and you find:

3. the small, seemingly insignificant things that make a difference.

Deeper again, peel off another layer:

4. gratitude for the present moment.

Then you become thankful for:

5. the patience you learn through irritations.

6. the challenging people who teach you to love and forgive.

7. the big things you often take for granted.

Then you discover thanks for:

8. the best that is yet to come.

The emotion of gratitude takes over
and you realise the layers won’t ever stop,
because at the ever-unveiling heart of thanksgiving you find,
something invaluable:

9. the spirit of contentment.

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Jody Lee Collins November 25, 2017 - 4:28 pm

Jenneth, this was beautiful….going beneath the surface to find deep joy and thankfulness. Lovely.

jennethsuzanne November 26, 2017 - 5:24 am

Thank you Jody! Lovely as always to hear from you. Warm blessings x

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