Thursday, November 12, 2020

Practicing Gratitude by Darlene Beck Jacobson

 Every morning, weather permitting, I begin the day taking a walk around the schoolyard walking path across the street from my neighborhood. Before the noise and rush of the day begins, I take in my surroundings, talk to God and count my blessings.

It is a perfect way for me to practice gratitude. It is also a way for the writer in me to pay attention. There have been many times when I am stuck and can't move forward in a story. So out I go on a walk. It not only clears my head, it opens my eyes and the rest of my senses to possibilities.

Paying attention to what is in my path can open up a whole new world of gratitude, writer's style.

On a walk I took this morning, I discovered these amazing mushroom flowers.

Isn't this a perfect opening for a story? Who would grow mushroom flowers? What kind of creature lives under the umbrella of them? Is this the hidden opening to Wonderland and maybe I should wait here for the Rabbit or Alice to make their appearance.

Take a walk and be grateful for curiosity and imagination.


  1. Little creatures grow mushrooms like we grow trees to offer shade,beauty and landmarks to them as they travel to their destinations below them. That's my story and I'm sticking to it :0)

  2. I absolutely love your thoughts and photos. What a beautiful start to all mornings and such a beautiful way to meditate.

  3. I LOVE walks with my dog--so much can happen on just a trek around the block!

  4. Don't you wish you could borrow a dog's sense of smell for a day? What kind of wonders would that unleash?