On my mind today.  One of the greatest challenges of my photography assignment this week, focusing on the ordinary places and things in my life, is that I don’t find my house or yard to be very pretty or inspiring. We are long overdue for new carpet and furniture and landscaping.

And one of the greatest gifts of my photography assignment this week is the realization that I had slipped out of gratitude and into discontentment. I forgot to appreciate the comfort and beauty of my home. My son is upstairs, sprawled across his bed working on an assignment for college. My husband reclines in his well-worn Lazy-Boy, watching an old movie on television. The sunlight streams through the window, and the dust swirls and dances through the air, and I appreciate this safe haven. I see with eyes of love and wonder rather than neediness.

Practicing gratitude protects us from our own pettiness and smallness and keeps us centered in the joy and abundance of our own life.   – Debora Adele

Day 12

Day 12