A Week of Gratitude: Tuesday

I was born on a Tuesday. Tuesday's child as the old poem goes. 

Monday's child is fair of face, 

Tuesday's child is full of grace, 
Wednesday's child is full of woe, 
Thursday's child has far to go, 
Friday's child loving and giving, 
Saturday's child works hard for a living, 
But the child who is born on the Sabbath day 
Is fair and wise and good in every way.

So, as far as Tuesday's moment of Gratitude today I suppose, personally, I can be grateful that I was born on a Tuesday.

But it is a good reminder that sometimes we find ourselves in situations beyond our control. How do we make the best of our situation even if we are a Wednesday's child - full of woe. How do we find gratitude when a family member is sick? How do we celebrate Thanksgiving when the family home just burned down and insurance adjusters won't be able to process your claim for six months? How do we find gratitude when bad things happen to good people?

Whatever be the depth of woe 

Along the path that I must go, 
I'll sing my song -- 
My song of joy for all the love 
That's lavished on us from above, 
And count no loss of treasure-trove 
When things go wrong. 
I'll sing the sunlight, and the bright 
Soft smiling stars that gem the night, 
For gifts of good 
That God hath spread along my way. 
The lilt of birds in tuneful play. 
The harvests full and flowers gay, 
The whole day long 
I'll sing my song 
Of gratitude!

 ~ John Kendrick Bangs The Cheery Way: A Bit of Verse For Every Day, 1920 

Find your own place of gratitude, hug your babies, breath in their sweetness, and renew your spirit in rocking them gently. 

This week we gather around with friends and family and let our light shine. We are grateful for the love we share with the people in our lives who gather around even when times are not easy.


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