GRATITUDE Day 7- I Am Thankful For My Struggle To Strength

Strength

Strength

As the quote above by Alex Elle suggests, “I am thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.”

On Day 7 of 9 Days of Gratitude here on Footprints In Ecuador, today  I am acknowledging the strength we all have within us, however we get there –

kicking, screaming, stumbling, bumbling, fumbling, being hit by a gentle nudge, sledge hammer or lightning bolt.

We will all get there eventually, one way or another.

And as long as you’re already here, below is a book I wrote about the stumbling into strength and understanding that I did while living in Ecuador for two years. Feel free to download my new book: Words To Thrive By for World Travelers: Footprints in Ecuador:

 

 

 

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The 9 Days of GRATITUDE- Day 2- Standing Still and Learning To Be Astonished

GRATITUDE

GRATITUDE

Mary Oliver is my favorite living poet. I love what she says about learning to be grateful by “standing still and learning to be astonished.”

In light of ongoing current events around the entire world, I am doing what I can right now to put out positive energy and gratitude where I can in my work “loving the world.” Each of us can do one little thing every day to restore the balance in the world and to add to the positive.

This is how we will  keep our keep our minds and hearts on what really matters.

This 9 day GRATITUDE series is what I have chosen to do….for now.

So from me to you, wherever you are in the 135+ countries who currently follow this blog, I wish you the beauty and grace of learning how to  stand still and be astonished in your own life.

In any event, I hope you enjoy this poem as much as I do.

Warm regards,

Mary Anne

The Messenger

My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.
Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect?
Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work,
which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.
The phoebe, the delphinium. The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture. Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,
which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes, a mouth with which to give shouts of joy to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam, telling them all,
over and over, how it is that we live forever.

• Mary Oliver •

If you would like more information about Ecuador, Please feel free to go to Amazon and download my book. I would be ever so grateful for that too. Plus I think you’d like it too, especially if your reeeeeeally want to know what it is like to live there. There are lots of great tips for where to go, what to do and how to keep yourself safe while you do.

You can find my new book here:”Words To Thrive By® for World Travellers: Footprints in Ecuador”http://amzn.to/1KWKVs2

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The 9 Days of GRATITUDE- Day 1

GRATITUDE

GRATITUDE

I’ve decided to begin a 9 Day GRATITUDE practice. Why 9 days? Well, 9 days gets us almost to the American Thanksgiving, which living overseas I no longer celebrate, but I thought,  why not put a little more gratitude out into the world?
So here’s my Day 1 Post.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into
a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events.

It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

• Melody Beattie •

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If you would like more information about Ecuador, Please feel free to go to Amazon and download my book. I would be ever so grateful for that too. Plus I think you’d like it too, especially if your reeeeeeally want to know what it is like to live there. Or find Storage. Or a great recipe for traditional empanadas. Or learn how I slaughtered my first chicken. (he wasn’t so thankful for that but hey, we all have to eat right?

You can find my new book here:”Words To Thrive By® for World Travellers: Footprints in Ecuador”http://amzn.to/1KWKVs2

 

Words to Thrive By for World Travelers: Ecuador

Words to Thrive By for World Travelers: Ecuador