Monday, May 23, 2011

Sleeping with bread Monday: Thankfulness

Image from Wikipedia.

If I could knit, I'd knit a sweater out of the things I'm thankful for. I'd wear that sweater in all kinds of weather. If it was hot, I'd think of the clean water I have to drink. If it was cold, I'd think of the layers of clothing I have to put under my thankfulness sweater. If I was hungry, I'd think of how thankful I'd be for a healthy body that can metabolize food. If I was hurting, I'd think of the loving people in my life and take their affirming words and actions to wrap around me.

Keeping my mind in a place of thankfulness is often not as easy a putting on a sweater when I'm chilly. In fact there have been some chills this last week that are making it hard to think I'll ever feel warm again. But this image of a thankfulness sweater is one that has captured my imagination - and so I'm beginning to think of doing some knitting. I'll need some directions, some lessons and even a pattern for this thankfulness sweater. But what the finished product of knitting thankfulness, or even trying to get a handle on the process of living in this space; is yet to be seen, heard and witnessed.

I will knit a sweater of thankfulness. Stitch by stitch and thread by thread each thankful thing will add up to be something these eyes need to see and this body needs to wear.

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