Gray skies accompanied me and the pups on my walk this morning, but they didn't reflect my thoughts for a change. Even though I'm missing Tom, it's been easier for me to focus on my blessings lately...just in time for Thanksgiving!
Because of that, I was able to appreciate the soft gray sky and the balmy breeze. We've started the Texas Winter Dance...two steps forward, one step back. If I haven't lived here all of my life, and I hadn't been watching the weather forecast warning of a cold front headed our way, it would be easy to believe we were skipping right over Winter and right into Spring.
Lately, I'm doing a better job taking each day as it comes...actually, each moment as it comes...and being grateful for it, all by itself, rather than as just another stepping stone into the future.
I confess I've had a little help from Mother Teresa with the attitude adjustment. Along with my coffee in the quiet house every morning, I like to read something inspirational or reflective - just bite off a small piece and chew on it till the next morning.
A few days ago I started re-reading her book No Greater Love. The effect on me is like throwing open the windows to let in sunshine and fresh air. If you haven't read it, I encourage you to, no matter what your beliefs. I believe her wisdom and insight go beyond religion, and there's something in her words for everyone. Her Christianity is plain, but she's not preaching. Of course, I'm a Christian, so maybe that's just my perception.
I'm including the section I've been chewing on today, so you can see for yourself...
"Always be faithful in little things, for in them our strength lies. To God nothing is little. He cannot make anything small; they are infinite. Practice fidelity in the least things, not for their own sake, but for the sake of the great thing that is the will of God, and which I respect greatly.
Do not pursue spectacular deeds. We must deliberately renounce all desires to see the fruit of our labor, doing all we can as best we can, leaving the rest in the hands of God. What matters is the gift of yourself, the degree of love that you put into each one of your actions.
Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best. Neither glory in your success, but refer all to God in deepest thankfulness.
If you are discouraged, it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own powers. Never bother about people's opinions. Be humble and you will never be disturbed. The Lord has willed me here where I am. He will offer a solution."
Okay, I guess she does mention God in there quite a bit. But her words do encourage me - I hope some of you find encouragement in them as well, and the others aren't offended.
To lighten this up, here's a little Thanksgiving humor, courtesy of my friend Cheryl...(I'm grateful for my crazy friends...)