Wednesday, March 19, 2008

All the Simple Gifts

My background on my dad's side includes the Pennsylvania Dutch. These folks believed in living lives based on "love thy neighbor", and "count your blessings". What better time than spring to take stock of the good things we have in our lives? Spring is a time for renewal. Flowers bloom, babies are born, and we finally sweep the dust of winter out the door, and let in the freshening breeze.

It is so easy to get caught up in the everyday problems we face and forget all the simple gifts we are given to treasure every day. A child's laughter, the quiet moments we get to read a particularly good story, the family and friends who put up with us no matter how grouchy we get.

Each of us has special gifts. They can be as simple as knowing the perfect spot to put your new family portrait, or finding the words to write a story that touches the hearts of all who read it. Take time this spring to be thankful for the simple beauty and joy that life offers. It may give you that fresh perspective you need to finish your novel and send it to someone who will love it as much as you do. I wish you each joy and renewal and leave you with the words of an old but lovely Shaker hymn that means a lot to me.

Simple Gifts

'Tis a gift to be simple, 'tis a gift to be free
'Tis a gift to come down where we want to be.
And if we find ourselves in the place just right.
It will be in the valley of love and light

Wishing you all the joys that come in spring,


  1. Thanks for the reminder there's always good with the bad, Debi :)

    Jody W.

  2. Beautiful indeed my friend! I quite agree - like really. My people on both sides were Quakers and they used what they had, learned to use it well,and passed it on to the next generation, a trait I have yet to cultivate. I would love to live a simpler life. A quote from Elizabeth Ann Seton, "Live simply so that other's may simply live."