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Saturday, January 17, 2015

"thank you".... a daily ritual





If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, 
it will be enough.
-Meister Eckhart-
13th century

I want to say  "thank you"  for all of your wonderful calling cards that you left for us over the holidays!  Dan and I read every one (including all the emails) and were so greatly touched.  We loved reading about you, where you live and the tidbits about yourself.  It truly makes writing the blog feel so much more personal.  I appreciate your kind compliments and words beyond measure.  To have some of you tell me that I am an inspiration to you only fills me with inspiration, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.

When I first heard the above quote many years ago it became my mantra. I firmly believe that being grateful for (even and especially)  the smallest of everyday things can change you and your life.  To express my feelings of gratitude I say "thank you" to the universe many times over the course of every day.
  Being grateful allows me to be focused on what I have as opposed to what I don't, or what I "think" I need or want. I believe that whatever in life you chose to focus on you give power to, so if you focus on lack and not having enough you will get lack back, but if you focus on the smallest little moments and wonders in a regular day and are grateful for them you will get more of that simple abundance and as such a simply abundant life!





Whether I am home alone, it's me and Dan, or we're having friends over I light candles around the house almost every night- always on the kitchen island and the barn room, and other rooms/places on occasion.  On dark days I light candles during the day sometimes too.  It is a daily ritual that makes the rooms of the house sparkle and come to life with the flicker of magic that is unique only to real candlelight.
When lighting the candles I always pause and try to be very present in that one moment as the wick catches the flame and I say "thank you," either silently or out-loud.
It is my prayer of thanks for all that I am grateful for.























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I have so very much to be thankful for and that includes you for being here and being interested in all that I write about for the love of our house.
Thank you so much.
xxojoan



51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! I am in agreement with you about living with a grateful heart. As I read your post this morning I kept thinking, "I wish we were neighbors..." We are in for a warm spell here in south central Texas for these next few days and IF we were neighbors, I could share it with you! My best to you, Dan & the girls. Carol

auntp said...

Thank you for putting into words what is special about lighting candles even if you are home alone. Your beautiful rooms look even lovelier by candlelight!
Warmly,
Paula

jackie said...

I feel the same as you......when it is dark and cold outside during the day and I am home I always light a candle on the kitchen island. I have always been a big candle fan and I even have my husband lighting one in the morning before I even get up......I guess I have rubbed off on him after 41 years! Thank You for this post! I loved ever photo and word.

BJM said...

We thank you for letting us into your life and home.

Cheryl said...

lovely and inspiring post. Love the pics of the lighting in kitchen, inspires me to do the same. How cozy….

Anonymous said...

Joan,

This post made me stop and pause and I quietly said to myself, "This is by far my favorite post of Joan's." Thank you for your "thank you". I too am grateful for all that I have. I feel so blessed to have been born with the gift of optomism. It has made my life so fulfilling. I am thankful that you are able to share your optomism with so many of us. May your light keep shining brightly!

Mary in Connecticut
"Sister of Ruth"

Christi said...

Happy New Year, Joan! You ARE an inspiration to me! xo

Nathan Schmidt said...

I want to say thank you for this wonderful post, as I have been feeling a bit down lately as I am currently unemployed. However after reading this and lots of though lately, I too have so much to be thankful for and need to remind myself of that daily. You are an inspiration to me and so many others. THANK YOU, for opening your home and heart to us.

Cvet said...

"Thank You, Joan " For allowing us into your Beautiful home and Inspiring us with your thoughts and words. from Illinois & Florida Moj Beli Cvet

Sarah said...

Beautiful post, Joan. I so enjoy reading For the Love of a House. Thank you for taking the time to share your beautiful home and thoughts. I posted about gratitude in a post in November. One of my favorite quotes I shared in that post is "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it
is like wrapping a present and not giving it." William Arthur Ward
I'm going to add your quote to my files. It, too, is a good one.

Lee said...

Hi Joan, this is a lovely post. So heartwarming. I too love candles and lighting them and giving thanks. "To pray without ceasing." I love that quote in the bible but it doesn't mean to walk around constanly moving your lips or genuflecting, it is to be present in the moment to acknowledge all that we have been given, and to be still and know that we have been blessed and that makes us pause and feel humbled. I believe in that moment we are most closest to God. Love this post, love your home.
Thanks.
Lisa M. Fernandez
Leeshideaway.blogspot.com

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I just discovered your lovely blog and am so happy that I found it. Your gratitude post today resonates with me. I read Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach years ago and her attitude of gratitude lessons have stayed with me to this day. I love your candlelit rooms and I think your home is beautiful. I look forward to more of your posts.
Thank you Joan.

Linda said...

Everything just looks so pretty!!!! I love candles too. Every time I clean a room - I light a candle before going on to the next one!

Kathy Olson said...

What beautiful photos! I've always loved your kitchen with that brick fireplace. If we ever build a home, I am incorporating that idea:)
Also, I love the touch of the silver pieces in the vases...where do you find things like that? It's such an elegant touch.

deb* said...

An especially lovely and heartfelt post------thank YOU!

Burlap Luxe said...

A beautiful mantra to live by...(thank you) and a beautiful prayer.
Love your home, love the richness in the glow of your candle lit rooms.
Thank you for the beautiful sharing you do here, it inspires more than you know.

Xx
Beautiful touching gathered words.

Bisous
Xx

Doré

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I am right here with you on this, I say thank you many times during every day too. I am so very grateful for al that I have. So, I want to thank YOU for being here and sharing your home with all of us!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your beautifully written post :) ~Holly

Jewelry lover said...

Thank you for this lovely post on being grateful. A word about the candles though - my husband and I repainted two summers ago and were appalled by the amount of soot we found on the walls and ceilings - in a house with no fireplace. We were always daily candle users. We have switched to battery operated candles for all but tapers. We just don't want that soot in our lungs anymore.

laney said...

..."oh lord who lends me life...lend me a heart replete with thankfulness" (shakespeare)..I am certain that the house loves being bathed in candle light...remembering when candle light would have been used by the farmer...blessings laney

annette said...

What a perfect blog for a January morning.A huge "thank you" to you for allowing us to peek into your stunningly beautiful home.I tried leaving a "calling card" but somehow it never made it. I am in Northern Ca. and formerly SouthernCa , Chicago and Milwaukee!

pammbw said...

Lovely post, and lovely photos. Definitely going to light more candles to chase the gloom away. Thanks!

Penny Miller said...

I really enjoyed this post. I light candles in the winter, less so in the summer. I like scented candles, and try to choose seasonal aromas. X

Karen T. said...

Lovely post! I, too, light candles every single day and say a grateful thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hope you don't get tired of hearing this but Thank You!
I am Grateful for you and all you share with us!
Betsy

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Happy new year to one of my most favorite bloggers.
xox
Alison
Love your style and all you do. :)

sharon smith said...

Namaste. I grateful everyday for the abundance in my life. Not the lacking. I so enjoy my blog friends and I espically enjoyed this post.
Sharon
The House of Hampton

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Lovely post. I'm am grateful too for my life. I also love burning candles around my home. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I'm grateful to have such an inspiring blog friend as you! Getting up right now to light a candle and say my own prayer! "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine." :)

Cynthia said...

Joan: Your house looks especially beautiful in the candle light, but please do think about switching to all beeswax candles. I'm a candle lover - lighting them is my sundown ritual every day - but I recently learned that paraffin candles emit very bad fumes and beeswax actually cleanses the air you breathe. And how is Amelia settling in - I've been anxious to see an update about her.

Karen said...

What a beautiful post. I too have made it my goal each and every day to notice the wonder of the world around me, including all that I have to be grateful for. I love your candles lit everywhere. It always makes a room feel special.
Happy New Year, and thanks for your always enjoyable posts.
Karen

Anonymous said...

Lovely, Joan....Sara, Ohio

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful post and beautiful photos!! Happy New Year Joan!

Anonymous said...

You seem to lead a dream life. Good and lucky for you...

Cindy said...

Joan, Dan, and Girls: After our summer visit, I copied your candle idea and put battery votives throughout our first floor and light them often. It's amazing how a little flicker in a room gives such dimension and hominess to the room. I prefer "real" candles, but have been known to not extinguish them, so am playing it safe. Cindy

sandy said...

Love this post and your house is so beautiful - love the candles lit and ...well it's all beautiful.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely post! Living in the Upper Midwest, I especially enjoy candles this time of year. Not only do they offer a warm solace at the end of a cold day, they also help dispel the odors of our evening meals when windows cannot reasonably be opened. I love the aromas of my winter cooking when I'm actually cooking... but not hours later. ;-) Mostly, a candle reminds me of my dear friend, who always has one burning in her home. Her home is especially warm and inviting, and so, Joan, know that your guests feel the same.
~Angela

Vicki said...

Thank YOU for sharing! Off to light a candle - what a great idea. And what a great trigger to remind you to be grateful.

Tina Washka said...

I LOVE it! I will start lighting a candle after cleaning a room. I find I enjoy my treasures the most while cleaning and touching them...and now and a candle of gratitude!

Tina Washka said...

Thank you for you being you! I feel I am a better person after reading your written words and grateful that you make the time and effort to share your life. Blessings, namaste. Tina

the gardener's cottage said...

thank you joan for sharing your beautiful home with me. the photos of the lit candles are just so pretty. wishing you and dan and happy new year! x

Jennifer at coffeeontheporchwithme said...

What a lovely post. I agree with the gratitude notion and during times when I have made a conscious effort to express (or write about) gratitude and practise other laws of attraction, it has made a big difference. Your home, as always, is beautiful and inspiring!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

I love to light candles and from now on I will say a little prayer of gratitude each time I do. Thank you for this!

Carolyn said...

Lovely sentiment. I agree that having a grateful heart opens us to more blessings, and what we focus on expands. With so many negative things vying for our attention - what the media thrives on - it's vital to appreciate all the many, big and little, aspects of our lives that are truly wondrous - like sharing thoughts with someone far away you've never met, but who is indeed a kindred spirit. I'll light a candle to that.

Katherine said...

Lighting candles is ceremonial in so many religions and cultures. Like you, I light candles all throughout the house. It always feels that there is something special and spiritual about the process. It calms me, it anchors me - I stop, breath deep and reflect. And I believe it invites Angels to visit more.

I have many small glass holders for tea lights - the cut glass ones that look like they are many years older than they really are. The somewhat overused green glass ones that reflect candle light the best. My little treasures. And what do I usually put inside ? The tea lights from IKEA - it's true. - they last the longest... giving the Angels more opportunity to sit with me.

Debe said...

I posted a calling card but I wasn't logged in & lost it. It was rather wordy & the season was upon me so it just never arrived.....trying to stay short & sweet. Love your blog, share your (& my) gratitude daily as well. Pray that you have a wonderful year and really grateful it got warmer in Texas. That much cold should stay with you up North!!! hee..heee

nancy said...

Your timing is so perfect - thank you! I lost my 15 year pet companion on Saturday and have really been struggling with the grief. I lit a small candle that day, intending to let it burn out in her honor. I was so shocked when it burned out at almost the precise hour and minute of her passing. I have been inspired by your words to begin being thankful for my pet's loyalty and companionship over the years. No more being angry over her loss. Like the candle timing, yours was perfect...

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful and humble way to live each day. It would be so awesome to personally know you. I'm grateful that I found your blog.
Best Regards, Wenda

Anonymous said...

I missed your calling card post but have really enjoyed reading through the responses. My greetings are from Tucson, Arizona. I love your style and am always looking for ways to incorporate it into my southwestern decor. I frequently see things in mail order catalogs that I think must be copied from your blog; fishing floats, your headboard, the list goes on. My rescue dogs send their greeting to yours. Rhonda

Anonymous said...

Thank you. Thank you for reminding me...

King Tutt said...

Your husband was kind enough to share his "Office", and your house pictures with me today. I've added your blog to "My Favorites". Thank you for the inspiration and your husband for the ride.
Regards,
Mike

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