Sunday, September 09, 2007

Sunday, 09 September 2007 - One thousand reasons to be grateful

Dear God:

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.



Claire said...

I am grateful for you, and your willingness to share, even with those who've never met you.


Chaska, Minnesota

John said...

Thank you a thousand times for your wisdom, serenity and wordcraft. I have not found a better written, more positive, life-affirming blog anywhere in cyberspace. Your efforts are applauded! I'm an RN in a neuro ICU, taking care of patients like your friend Tom. Your perspective and peace are a balm after being surrounded by heartache. Thanks for your gift.