Today, I am thankful for one thousand reasons to be grateful.
Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
~G. B. Stern
Two kinds of gratitude:
The sudden kind we feel for what we take;
the larger kind we feel for what we give.
~Edwin Arlington Robinson
No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.
~John Greenleaf Whittier
This is entry number 1,000 of My Grateful Journal (a sentence I never expected to write when I started this blog in December 2004). Today's milestone marks the end of my first 1,000 step journey in blogland (hurrah!).
Tomorrow, September 10, 2007, I'll take step one on a new intellectual and creative adventure, probably westward this time as I explore my complex Japanese-American heritage and identity. This is a topic I've wanted to study in depth for many years. The time feels right, and I am ready for the challenge.
As for My Grateful Journal ... well, it will continue although the format and flavor may change. As a writer, I still feel inspired to put fingers to keyboard every day and thank God for His blessings. I know He understands my heart whether I write a poem, an essay or one well-written sentence.
Finally, I am very grateful for you, the readers, whether you've perused one or one hundred entries. Every writer needs an audience, and I am delighted with mine.
For this blessing, I am grateful.