It turns out that gratitude takes perspective .
In the last two weeks, I have begun spending some hours at a floral business that just opened across the street from our home . I cannot tell you the excitement I felt when I first Googled "Bella Calla" to see what it was that looked so pretty in the large corner windows of the building at the end of the block .
In our neighborhood - which I L O V E - there is still quite a bit of transformation taking place from the reputations it has maintained from years past . A history of gang related violence and crime and poverty has rightfully made it so, but change I S happening .
And to me, seeing a flower shop at the end of the block I S change + is so refreshing .
And being able to help at this flower shop, from day to day, time to time, has been so refreshing as well .
Perspective . Choosing to see the good in spite of the bad .
C U L T I V A T I N G a H A B I T of choosing good over bad .
A perspective that makes one grateful that thorns have roses and not cross to be the one that removes the thorns in order to create a beautiful bridal bouquet .
A perspective that makes one grateful to live in a neighborhood that I S revitalizing . A neighborhood that doesn't just mask the hurt + pain + struggles that so many individuals + families face in their day to day . A neighborhood that demonstrates a diversity in so much more than skin color . I am grateful for that .
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I would love to have others join in taking small moments each day to begin filling each empty space in a gratitude notepad like my own . Writing those W O R D S, those reminders off all that you may have to be grateful for . Already sent out several notepads, but a few remain . . . so join in the goodness, you .
And for a look into my thankful mind 1 1 . 0 9 . 2 0 1 2 :