16 Nov

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Choosing Gratitude

Gratitude- ‘tis the season of Thanksgiving. But sometimes the season of life versus nature’s and the calendar’s season is in direct contrast. Life may be difficult: career crossroads, relationship turmoil, financial hardships, unwanted health diagnosis, parenting issues…and the list could be quite extensive. So, how do you still find a grateful heart in the midst of the grief and trouble? Our minds are an amazing tool that allow us to always have and make a choice. It may sound like a cliché, but we can always choose joy and gratitude. Finding the beauty in the everyday is a choice-and can be a beautiful choice.

Nature offers abundant beauty this time of year which often warms the heart. Beautiful color, bright sunrises and sunsets, and a cool crisp chill in the air. Children bring a joy and pause for the present…being in the moment rather than forecasting the future and the “what if’s”. Enjoying every bite of that delicious pumpkin pie…even the whipped cream on top. Being with friends and family that allow us to focus on the good (maybe even laugh a bit) and forget our troubles, even if momentarily. Reading a good book and getting lost in the words and pages. All ways to enjoy the moment rather than focusing on the troubles at hand.

Trouble doesn’t last always- but life may look permanently different and may never be the same. There can still be beauty in the change. A grateful heart allows that beauty to sink in, truly warming our spirit and lives. The season of life may make nature’s season difficult to understand or relate to, but we have a choice…always! Choose thanksgiving and more gratitude will come into your life. Give to receive! Be thankful in all and life will give beauty back to you!


Note: this guest post is by Amy Morgan-Henry. Amy is a stay at home mom to her six (6) year old son, a published author, and the creator of Pink Peppermint (an advocacy focus group for Metastatic Breast Cancer)

She also happens to be my niece. I babysat for her when she was so wee and she would follow me around asking me often — ‘What-a gonna do Greama? What-a gonna do?’ Well, when I was in Paris I decided one thing I was gonna do was ask 
Amy to write a post for me on the subject of gratitude.

It would be remiss of me if I did not mention that she has been living with cancer for 2.5 years. She amazes me in her tenacity to show up every moment for Isaiah, her 6-year-old son. So you might wanna go back and reread what she has written here—it carries more weight when you realize that she knows of whence she speaks.

P.S. Thanks Amy, for showing us all how much it matters to show up—that smile you flash says so much. You are still as cute as you were when you followed me around as a toddler and still just as doggone curious! Thanks for always asking the tough questions while simultaneously showing me the answer—to just be present and have mountains of gratitude.

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My husband, Ron and my friend, Paulette of Provence—are we not so blessed by the precious people in our lives?

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  1. Anon

    Bless you and your family as we enter the busiest season of the year. I lost my dad a few months ago, this is a good reminder to think of what we have while remembering and learning from what we’ve lost.

  2. alice saunders

    yes there are many things and families to be thankful this thanksgiving,tho our day was in november,I m thanksful all year for my family and long years in our wonderful and beautiful world,also thankful for your support and friendship,thank you your a great lady alice

    • Dreama Tolle Perry

      Gratitude year ’round is the best Alice. And I appreciate you dear lady!

  3. Marcia Koford

    “A grateful heart allows that beauty to sink in…”! What a beautifully written reflection on Gratitude, Amy! Thank you, Dreama, for introducing us to your niece’s gift for words. I plan to share some of them at our Thanksgiving dinner. ❤️

    • Dreama Tolle Perry

      I love that Marcia! Great wisdom in just the words along 🙂 And it’s my pleasure to share Amy and her writing.

  4. Penny henley

    Thank you so much for sharing how to keep your colours clean …I have always LOVED your work.
    It would be really lovely to see you in action?
    Thanking you again
    Best wishes

    • Dreama Tolle Perry

      You’re so welcome Penny! If you are in IG or FB–I did post a hyperlapse video of a couple of my paintings–and of course there are lots inside my online courses 🙂

  5. Linda Levine

    Dreama… you have done it again…chosen words that make one want to laugh and cry at the same time, but mostly smile broadly. I will treasure these words, save them, and pull them out when i am grumpy or feeling sorry for myself, or need some reminding that there is a world out there with issues bigger than my own small concerns. My life needs to be more about gratitude. I am a lucky ducky. Linda from Tucson

    • Dreama Tolle Perry

      I feel the same way–having observed Amy and her health challenge these past few years has brought home to me over and over again how easy it is to take simple things for granted. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Lila

    What an uplifting post, Dreama!
    Love that it is from a niece of yours!
    I was just diagnosed with breast cancer and I agree with her about the beauty of life!
    Hugs to you both!

    • Dreama Tolle Perry

      Hugs to you Lila! It has been a journey for all of us who love Amy so fiercely. We all need each other and never more than when life takes an unexpected turn. Wishing you full health and peace and much love.

  7. Holly

    Greeting Dreama and Amy,
    I always enjoy reading snippets of encouragement on your site. This morning’s post was especially meaningful to me, as my current season has been a personal challenge. Wondering where else I can read Amy’s writings, or how I can connect with her.
    Much Love and hope,

    • Dreama Tolle Perry

      I had a feeling Amy’s words would be fitting–life can surprise us in so many ways. I am so glad you found encouragement in her writing today. I’ll let Amy respond when she can on other source for her writing. For now, this is one I know the link for 🙂 https://blog.mops.org/milk-in-the-museum/

  8. Oh my! Tears and gratitude for your sharing. Today I will say my gratitudes this morning. And again this evening.

    • Dreama Tolle Perry

      Absolutely perfect!

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