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Celebrating a Thankful State of Mind


Photo by Gale E

There are so many of us in the world today who lack something. We don’t have jobs, meaningful relationships, houses or cars, food or clothing, children or grand-children; a lot of human beings do not have love, protection or even the right to life (think of the many refugees who are victims of war and have nowhere to live).

When I took this photo one evening, our lime tree was literally into overdrive. Even though we lacked more hours in a day or a little more cash in hand, we definitely did not lack the ability to make lemonade, season fish/meat or add flavor to a drink (mostly alcoholic, admittedly). ‘Bestest’ of all, we did not lack the opportunity to give to others.

Over the past few weeks we have donated limes and more limes to neighbours, family and friends.  Yet the tree bears on even though we can tell the harvest will soon come to an end. We have had a few financial challenges lately and the struggle is real in trying to make ends meet but the greatest lesson for us during this time? In the midst of lack there will always be lemonade and the potential to strengthen relationships – because God is still with us.

Today I am therefore enjoying a grateful state of mind … for limes, lemonade and love; rock on dear lime tree, rock on 🙂

gratitude, quote, brian tracy


What’s your story? Are you grateful for something today even though you may lack something else? Don’t forget to leave a comment and thanks for visiting!

A WordPress Photo Challenge post – State of mind: “Every photo we take says something about our emotions at the moment of taking it. So this week, share an image where you see a particularly strong connection between what we see and what you felt as you pressed that shutter button on your camera or phone.”

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“May I Buy Your Groceries?”


I read the words; tears came to my eyes; I was sorry I didn’t think of doing something similar on my end of the planet. It wasn’t as if I wasn’t able to really … well, maybe not because I am a chicken with a huge pretend afro of courage most of the time and not brave at all.

And then there was this, which sounded a bit like me: “I don’t know anyone’s story, their background, their pain or their journey in this world.  I judge the badly dressed, the overweight, the sloppy, the ignorant, the ill-mannered.” 

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Because I’m Grateful for Another Year


Photo by Gale E | garden love

Photo by Gale E | Trinidad garden love

You are my everything

(a prayer of gratitude to God)

O Lord,

Were I to count the ways your love has worked in me,
There’d be no time to list them all, for each day you have been –

A gentle breeze that’s shaped my life.
A fragrance to enjoy.
A seed that’s born spring leaves and shoots
That makes my journey full.

Your words have helped me climb the peaks
And lit the valleys dark,
And always I have found the light
Of truth to guide my path.

You’ve given me the very gift
My heart was yearning for,
And blessed the work my hands have done
To make my offering more.

But more than this, as only you see
You’ve known my tears and smiles.
To walk so close to a loving friend
Is how I was designed.

And so I am so privileged
And inherit such a prize.
My heart is full of gratitude
And always open wide.

To drink in the beauty of each day
To run and dance and sing,
Because I live within your grace
You are my everything.



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