Toasting to Life (*see note below) ©Morri
24″ x 36″ oil on canvas (click on image to enlarge, then again to zoom)
A thankful heart
is always close
to the riches of the universe.
Hello Lovelies, .
I want to say a *HAPPY THANKSGIVING to my friends here in America!
Now I want to change the words up, just a bit…
Thankfulness = happiness.
Ah yes, now the words are for all of us..including, my international friends!
If we examine the words closely, there is a profound message formula here….far beyond any national holiday!
I discovered the formula in childhood. This is what I learned:
Living in thankfulness (or appreciation),
not only makes me happier,
it opens up doors to miracles and magic!
How do we live in thankfulness? By LIVE-ing every day~every second with appreciation. Not only appreciation for life’s necessities, but ALSO for all the miracles and magic unfolding in our universe around and within us, every second! If we open our eyes and hearts we will see and appreciate the unfolding…even the tiniest of such. That is when we begin LIVE-ing our lives in the NOW and to the fullest. That circle of life again, because in turn, we are helping others do the same, by our words and deeds.
Do our words and deeds have to be in some grandiose or public way? NO! In fact, more often than not, the best and sweetest gifts are the simplest or those given anonymously. Sometimes it may be something as simple as a kind deed. Maybe, a kindness toward a helpless creature sharing our world here, or a needed human smile. I don’t mean a faked habitual smile either..I mean a looking deep into someone’s eyes type of smile..one coming from deep within our heart! You know exactly what I mean too. :)
I know what some of you are thinking right now..
“Well, Ms gypsy-he♥rt, easy for you to say! Some of us are not feeling so thankful right now…some of us feel as though we are dwelling in the depths of despair! So what do you have to say about that, *sister babe?”
This is what I say, dear hearts:
How do you think I, gypsy-he♥rt, aka Susan, discovered the message formula?
I’ll leave you with that thought.
So ’tis with a VERY thankful heart on this Thanksgiving Thursday (as I do every day) I’ll be Toasting to Life.
My riches are in abundance,
I count All of you among them!
I hold you close in my heart…like the stars in the universe, you are!
*Toasting to Life, is a painting I did some years back. In this piece I was trying to learn about painting Chiaroscuro (a term in art for a contrast between light and dark). Which is a good metaphor for life..don’t you think? Well, I must confess, it is for mine. I remember thinking that as I painted (even way back in class my brushes longed to tell stories). :)
*sister babe is an expression my sister and I use. I assure you we do not mean it fondly. eh,eh
*NO Thanksgiving Turkey for me on Thanksgiving. I am a pretty much a vegetarian..I had to eat fish and seafood again due to a thyroid condition. Seems a lack of Iodine causes problems for vegetarians with this condition. :O I am doing research to find out how to get what I need without having to depend on seafood. If any of you know how, please share it with me. :)