Today I began to think about the blessings that I most often overlook. We take so many things for granted as we move from day-to-day and give them little recognition, but the loss of just one would diminish our journey through life - some in more ways than others - but all would be missed. What would be on your list of the often overlooked?
- Calculator. What in the world did we do before those little gems came on the scene? Uhm, I think we used a pencil, paper and our noodles (brains)☺ I've been around long enough to remember when a calculator cost over $100.00. Just the other day I bought one to put in my purse for a dollar!
- Music. I can't tell you how many times my spirits have been lifted or a baby soothed or a soul comforted or a holiday made more festive by music. Truly, music must be right up there as one of God's most precious gifts.
- Poetry. Whether you are reading Chaucer or Silverstein, poetry can move you to romantic bliss or tickle your funny bone. It can make a three year old giggle or demonstrate deep sympathy over the loss of a loved one. Whether it is penned by the hand of a master or a kindergarten student with a bright, blue crayon, it has the all elements to move mountains.
- Ribbons. We wrap packages and decorate crafts. We tie them on the braids of little girls and on the ears of our dogs. We use them to hold together l♥ve letters long ago received and we gather them up in a bouquet at baby and wedding showers. I l♥ve their texture and their color and the way they take the ordinary and raise it to the hight of extraordinary.
- Candles. They keep us safe when the lights go out and warm our casserole at Thanksgiving. They release scent when we are feeling romantic and keep the bugs away during a 4th of July picnic. What began as a basic, hard-working tool to bring us light to guide us through the night hundreds of years ago has evolved into a myriad of colors and uses and products - each one more fun than the last.