Gratitude – a time of Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers. Whether or not you celebrate this holiday set aside for gratitude, I wanted to share this post from my blogging friend Janet Weight Reed which affected me deeply.

My Life as an Artist (2)

‘Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.    Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.’   Denis Watley. 

watercolour45487165_10156777268340396_893438499913465856_oI think it took me until I was forty to begin to understand the meaning of gratitude.   Until that point, I had wondered through life, sort of hanging on, and trying my best to put one step in front of the other, often under challenging circumstances, and then boom, an epiphany – something occurred which opened my eyes to what gratitude is all about.

I began to see and feel everything in ways that I had not experienced before.    Fear and anxiety had been the underlying emotion ruling my life since early childhood….and so when it was removed all of a sudden I was free.   I began to see and really experience the world around me rather than…

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  1. IHello David, I read it here twice and also on Janet’s blog… what an artist.What a human being.She was the first person whose blog I saw and she has been so kind to me ever since even when I did horrible digital art.I am very thankful for you and Janet and a few other lovely people I have encountered over the last eight years.I suppose it’s like penfriends but better.I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving as we pray for some answers to the problems in the world as in the Yemen.I am going to find a way to donate money to the children there who are starving.I can’t do much but it’s better than nothing.I hope all is well with you and your family.Thanks so much for visiting my blog.I like to see your avatar.Katherine

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    • davidjrogersftw

      Dear Katherine,

      I agree with you about Janet’s being a particularly special human being–so kind and generous, and so talented too. I very much value your expression of appreciation for me, and I feel the same about you. You are my friend, and isn’t it miraculous that we find such good friends through blogging.

      I think it’s so good of you to think of helping people in need and trying to do what you can. I try never to miss your blog because you wrote it, and I find it so good.

      Wishing you all the best,
      David

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      • Yes, it is indeed miraculous.People who never try blogging maybe because thet have nothing to share will not understand that we can have genuine good friendship like this and it can be helpful as we live our lives..I think people who read my writing know me better than my real life .friends do in some ways.It takes time and maybe that is the problem.Impatience.I never dreamed when I began that I would be doing what I do now.Wishing you a return to good health after your flu.Bad luck… it’s hard to get going again but I say, it’s nature’s way of making us rest when we don’t relax enough.
        I also find that it gets into my poetry when I read either a letter or a comment from someone, maybe in real life too.A different perspective , a new approach, just seeing how someone else thinks.We are all different and can learn from that.Now it’s getting near night time…I look forward to my dreams.. and I hope when evening comes to your world that you too enjoy some good dreams,David

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        • davidjrogersftw

          Dear Katherine. I began writing a blog four-plus years ago when my son Eli suggested it. I didn’t know what a blog was, but my wife encouraged me too because, they said, I had a lot to say. Well I suppose I do since I’ve been writing posts since. In that time I’ve made many friends–you, for example. Lovely people full of good will and generosity. I very much like the support I get because I want people to benefit from my ideas. I’ve been studying steadily for so many years and am happy to share all I can without reservations.

          I hope you are feeling good today and possibly get some poetry written. I’m in a planning mood today–you know, “get organized, clean things up, get set for the next project so as to start out with a bang.”

          Best wishes,
          David

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        • to went out to a Poetry Event last night which was really interesting but a bit wearing as I can’t drive I was a bit nervous but it was ok. I think your wife was right .Sometimes it takes a while to get a blog going but eventually someone reads what one writes and then it goes on.Certainly much better than many people fear as they imagine anyone on the internet is going to write nasty comments…. well, they have not done that to me.I suppose it’s politics that gets people fighting.I hope we all have a creative week,Good Night,Katherine

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        • davidjrogersftw

          Dear Katherine,

          It was probably good that you went to the Poetry Event even though it is difficult for you. It’s often good to get out.

          I wouldn’t imagine anyone wanting to be nasty to you, and like you, I’ve found many lovely people in the blogging world.

          Best,
          David

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        • Ye,I might take a cab next time.There were some very good poets there and maybe I can become a friend to some of them.No,I’ve never had any nasty people here although on another blog a very old man asked me for a photo of a certain type.I was astounded.Did he think my husband would take one? Maybe he says that to all the women!

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