An idea came to me this morning while I was vacuuming in the hallway and glanced up at this old picture hanging on the wall among many similar from the past of various family members… During this #covid19 time while we’re #physicallydistancing but #sociallyconnected let’s share via our favourite social media… photographs and/or thoughts -daily, or whenever the inspo takes us- of what we love about our home and/or spending time at home…with as much or little detail as you wish to include.
I love that our home is a repository for other people’s #coololdstuff. This picture along with his grandmother’s handwritten family tree register was given to the G.O. quite recently after his aunt passed away. The portrait is of the G.O.’s great-great grandmother. Her name is Elizabeth Frances Phillips-Mackaway (1854-1947). She was a midwife and delivered over a 100 babies in the rural area of the Manning Valley where they lived. She raised the G.O.’s grandfather, Pop Mack, and features in his book Nulla Nulla: A Breath of Yesteryear by Cecil Roy Mackaway (available from online booksellers such as https://www.bookdepository.com/Nulla-Nulla-MR-Cecil-Roy-Mackaway/9780987289643
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Gratitude makes things right.
Gratitude turns negative energy into positive energy. There is no situation or circumstance so small or large that it is not susceptible to gratitude’s power. We can start with who we are and what we have today, apply gratitude, then let it work its magic.
Say thank you, until you mean it. If you say it long enough, you will believe it.
Today, I will shine the transforming light of gratitude on all the circumstances of my life.”
~ Melody Beattie