Gratitude for Simple Things

The Thanksgiving holiday is a special time of year when we pause in our whirlwind lives to remember what we are grateful for. I do try to think of each day with gratitude, but sometimes we do get caught up in the hurried way we live our lives and we start to see only the negative things that happen.
Sometimes the simplest things are what give me pause, bring me to tears:

  • ·         A spectacular sunset
  • ·         The full moon in a clear sky
  • ·         The warm sunny days and crisp cold nights
  • ·         My cat sleeping in my lap

I consider myself lucky (maybe that’s the wrong word, maybe it’s the recipient of great gifts) for bigger things in my life too:

  • ·         The parents who inspired me to be self-sufficient and independent
  • ·         My close family, including my “in-laws” who I think of as sisters
  • ·         The wonderful teachers who encouraged me to develop my interest in reading and writing
  • ·         The publishers who believed in me and my work and gave my books life.     
  •       My dear husband who always supported my writing dreams without question
And even though I lost my husband this year, his love and support and the memories live on, and I’m able to find solace in simple things.

May you all find gratitude this Thanksgiving.

A native Montanan, Heidi M. Thomas now lives in North-central Arizona. 
Her first novel, Cowgirl Dreams, is based on her grandmother, the sequel, Follow the Dream,  won the national WILLA Award, and Dare to Dream rounds out the trilogy. In addition a non-fiction book, Cowgirl Up! A History of Rodeo Women has just been released. Heidi has a degree in journalism, a certificate in fiction writing, and is a member of the Independent Editors Guild. She teaches writing, edits, and blogs. 


Kathleen Moulton said...

Heidi, I so appreciate your list of what you are thankful for. We have to pause and soak in those moments because they give us a peaceful feeling that is so needed in our busy world.

I'm so sorry you lost your husband. What a beautiful memory you have shared about his support.

Thank-you for your contributions for WOTM. I always look forward to reading them.

Karen Cioffi said...

Heidi, I'm very sorry to hear that your husband passed away this year. As Kathleen mentioned, you do have wonderful memories.

This is such a powerful post. Today's lifestyle is rushing and stressing. We should all pause to appreciate life, family, nature, and all the wonderful things we're provided with.

I saw a full moon last night while driving. There were lots of dark clouds, but it was amazing to see the moon partially hidden by the clouds then be completely visible, then hidden a bit more. Sometimes, somethings stop you in your tracks and make you watch in awe and appreciation.

Thanks for the reminder!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

This is a powerful post, Heidi. Authors are sometimes surprised to learn that gratitude is important in marketing, too!
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Multi Award-Winning Author of the HowToDoItFrugally series for writers including the second editions of the Frugal Book Promoter ( and The Frugal Editor ( )The latter is e-book only.for the time being.

Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

Heidi, Thank you for the beautiful post. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Shirley Corder said...

Heidi, thank you for the timely reminder to cultivate and attitude of gratitude. I'm so sorry for the loss of your husband, but I rejoice with you in the encouragement he gave to you in your writing and I'm sure in other ways.

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