Blue Ridge Mountain Spirits
From the little book, Attitudes of Gratitude, by M J Ryan.
"I've learned over time that it helps to take the long view, to choose to see our lives from a spiritual perspective. I know we are here to "grow our souls," to heal our wounds - or at least bless our woundedness - and become more loving, kind, fearless, and hopeful. The longer I live, the more I recognize that cultivating an attitude of gratitude is the key to living from an open heart, that is living in a spirit of joyful expectation."
We are so thankful to live here and to be able to share this mountain with others.
Today, as I reflect on the sparkling snow outside, I am mystified by the beauty of life.
Gratitude is a powerful force that can shift any situation. In my work as a nurse, I encountered many people who had great challenges. The ones who healed the fastest were the ones who were able to find the "gifts" in their situation. As hard as it is to imagine, even in our darkest times, there is a gift there somewhere. Focusing on gratitude shifts the vibration of it all.
When we walk in these hills we often find hearts in nature. Tom and I have a tradition that we kiss every time we encounter a heart. This is a reminder to stop and remember our love. It helps us to focus on what is important.