“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have, we will not be happy —because we will always want to have something else or something more.” Brother David Steindl-Rast.

My heart is filled with gratitude as I watch our three-year-old grandson on the floor admiring his new puppy, the two year old showing me his new jumps and the one year old running to escape the hands of an adult close behind. It’s been a year filled with much joy and laughter, celebrations, and surprises. I’m thankful for family and friends and the health to enjoy them. I’m thankful for stretching my faith even when I resisted it … as I now see more clearly.

And then I read the words of Nancie J. Carmody who truly understands thankfulness. She writes, “I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home … I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.”

What are you grateful for?