Last week, I began thinking about what I was grateful for, particularly as it touches gardening, my favorite activity. I started with five things I felt gratitude for and then added more each day, until I reached 26. Now I'm starting on a new week, which will carry me through to Thanksgiving Day.
I realize that some people may think that it trivializes gratitude to say you're grateful for a bumper crop of tomatoes this summer. But my feeling is that being grateful for the "little things" is important, too.
I saw a book last week, "Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier" (Houghton Mifflin,$13.95), in which the author, Robert Emmons says that by giving gratitude for even mundane or ordinary events in our lives, we become happier.
And who doesn't want to be happier?
So, even if it seems silly to some, I'm continuing to think grateful thoughts as I go about my daily activities: