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Whenever I start my day or just something new, I begin with a grateful heart.  It's a tone-setting habit in my life that works for me.    Being thankful from the get-go for the things that are going well helps me to better handle the crap.

Today, as I break cyber-ground on this blog, I'm thankful for creative passion.

Creative passion is the drive to do what you love regardless.  Creative passion is what draws me to my favorite blue velvet, Dean Martin-era sofa each day; it's what drives me to power-up the laptop and write despite the fear that nothing will come.  That no one will listen.  But I write on because I love the storytelling.

Maybe it's learned behavior on my part.  I grew up watching my mother play piano.  She had very little formal training, no college, and no grand audience.  What she had was a gift and a passion.  A gift that would rival fellow Texan Van Cliburn.  A passion that thundered almost daily through my small, hometown.  I could be clear on the other side of Main Street and hear her playing.  I could pick out her melodic roll of the keys in a hall of hundreds.  No one played piano like my mother.  She played with passion for our church (High Attendance Sunday was 98), for funerals, and for our family.  Although it never brought her wealth or fame, she played and continues to play, regardless. 

With all of this in mind, I'd like to kick off this blog by hearing from you.  What are you thankful for?


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Oct. 9th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
I have a sticky on my computer with a saying that's been around for awhile, but echoes your thoughts:

"Life is not a journey to the grave, with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming, 'Wow, what a ride!'"

And indeed, life is too short not to embrace each day with the passion your mother brought to her music. So I am thankful simply for life, for the joy of rising each morning in anticipation of the serendipities to come.

Oct. 9th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
"The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." -Alan Chalmers

I am thankful that each day I wake up and decide to be happy...every day I try to do something for someone else to take the focus off me, I thank God for the people in my life that I truly love--my family and friends who are always there, and always remember that this life is a gift from God--but my true hope is in the life I have through Christ. When I can do these things, I realize that life is about so much more than me. I can then be thankful for all the blessings I have been given and focus on how I can bless someone else!

Oct. 13th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Walmart Ministry
I am thankful for my "Walmart Minstry." I don't have to check in and sign the volunteer list or promise to volunteer a certain number of hours a week. All I have to do is show up and get blessed. I'll never forget the elderly lady in a wheel chair who called me an angel just for helping her reach for some frozen peas. For that, she told me all about her late husband, how much she missed him, and how he used to stand by the bed at night and play something for her on his violin. WHat a story. There's always someone at Walmart who needs help. And I come out feeling thankful. Every darn time.
Oct. 14th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
For love. For friends and family. For inspiration. For mentors.

This is a great start on your blog and I very much look forward to lunch on Monday!
Oct. 15th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
a first for me
Love your web site and especially the flashing boots on the blog site. I cannot wait to read the book. As you and I both know, big things come from small towns here in Texas.
I can hardly wait to brag, I knew you before you were famous!
Your Friend,
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