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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems

Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

On Being Thankful

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.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
~Melody Beattie~
Being thankful is a characteristic that we can easily allow to fade away in the face of adversity. No matter the difficulties we face individually, as a nation, we set aside this day to count our blessings on this uniquely American, Thanksgiving holiday.
This is a day to take the time to center our hearts and minds in thankfulness. With very little effort we can see how very much we DO have to be grateful for.

I am thankful for you.
Each and every soul reading these words. I may not know you personally but I hope you don't mind if I remind you that you matter to me.

Writing about my gardening experiences with the hope of engaging dear readers to perhaps try something new or go ahead and take a chance or love the moments we have in our gardens or however these words might encourage... causes gratefulness to swell in my heart.

You have come through my garden gate and taken a peek into some windows of my world over the years. In this, a complex world, you've shared some of the simplest and yet most meaningful treasures in my life. Thank you.

The mere love of gardening, on any level, inspires a heart full of thanks. Life and all things living fully abound where seeds are birthed and flourish. Joy fills the gardener's heart as our eyes and senses are enveloped by the wonders and beauty we tend with our own hands.

Happy Thanksgiving to every one. May you have a blessed a happy 'today' and all your 'tomorrows', too. And... happy gardening as always, Meems

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation,
you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude,
a feeling that nurtures the soul.
~~Rabbi Harold Kushner~~


  1. What a lovely post dear Meems.

    Thank you for your wonderful, informative blog filled with great pictures, inspiration, and encouragement.

    Hope your Thanksgiving day is filled with lots of love, happiness and good things to eat.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

  2. You have no idea how very grateful I am to you for the unlimited generosity you've shown in your postings. No doubt there are countless others who have been duly inspired by your vision. God bless and keep you, Meems.

  3. It is wonderful to come here and see the lovely blooms you always manage to have. Especially like on today when we are receiving our first snowflakes of the season. Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Happy thanksgiving to you also. I don't have a blog but, I am always looking forward to new things from you. You make my day! I enjoy the words of encouragement for gardening as well as life in general. All the gardening blogs I visit are very inspirational. Keep up the good work to you and all.

  5. Meems, I thank you for all the wonderful words you have written, all the fabulous pictures you have shared. Your blog has inspired me and given me great pleasure.

    I hope you and your family have a lovely weekend. Very best wishes Sylvia (England)

  6. So true and I am Thankful for you..

  7. Thank you for sharing these thoughts that are so true. Being thankful really does enhance one's perspective on life.

  8. What a lovely post Meems and thank you.In this materialistic world we live in anymore we take so much for granted. It is a shame that we are not thankful for all the blessings we have and the people who touch our lives. Like you I have come to appreciate all the bloggers and gardeners who have came into my life. I have enjoyed your sharing and lovely postings. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  9. And we are thankful for you, Meems, and your always thought-provoking words to go along with the lovely garden photos! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Dearest Meems, thank you for all your feelings, your blog & your time.
    I have learned so much from you. I am a wanna-be, but I try.
    I do hope that you & family had a glorious Thanksgiving day with lots of good food, family & friends.

  11. You've said it so well, dear Meems. I'm thankful to have you as a blogging friend;-)

  12. Such lovely sentiments, Meems. The quote by Rabbi Kushner is especially meaningful to me. I hope that you and your family had a very Happy Thanksgiving!


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