Monday, October 31, 2011

1,000 Gifts - November is a Month for Thanksgiving

October has slipped by and November has arrived on a breath of wind. Harvest has been accomplished and the world is settling in for winter.

November is a time for thankfulness as we remember all that we have. It is an acknowledging of that hard first year as the pilgrims started their life again in this new country.

For the past 2 years I have devoted November to gratitude here on the mountain. This year, as I once again focus on my gifts, I have been reading Ann Voskamp’s 1,000 Gifts. This beautiful little book has helped me to capture in my heart the many things I have to be thankful for.

Ann recounts her journey of listing the everyday gifts she has been given. She daily jots down these gifts in a notebook from 1 to 1,000.

In her book she offers this quote from Sara Ban Breathnach:

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter
Everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe
That change forever how we experience life and the world.

I love this idea of everyday epiphanies and moments of awe. These are the moments that fill our lives and give us something to hand on. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get so caught up in the big that I lose sight of the small.

This month I will be counting my own gifts here on the mountain. Each day I will be posting and adding to my list.

I would love to have you join me by posting some of your 1,000 gifts in the comments each day


  1. I love Thanksgiving time. It reminds me to reflect on my most beloved gifts. Such a great idea...

  2. It is a fabulous time! In fact, one of my favorite times of the year.