Just Give Me A Reason on Monochrome Monday

in monochromemonday •  2 months ago 


What are you grateful for? There are times that I overthink that question, pondering which of the wonderful things in my life I am thankful for.

Here’s the thing.

I am grateful for this day. Every day, in fact. I have found that lately, life is so chaotic that my days all seem to run collectively, one into the other. The day ends and the new begins almost before I have time to sleep. I try to imagine where all the hours went. I wanted to take some moments before the day was done to reflect. I needed to center my thoughts on the simple things in life that get skipped on my gratitude list. Simple pleasures. Small gestures…. Coffee machines with timers, warm showers on a cold morning. Slippers. The smell of a freshly cleaned car. The man that took my cart back to the store, saving me a trip. A smile from a stranger while waiting in line. A loving gesture. A kiss goodbye. A short note from a friend. Small things. Simple gestures.





Have I ever told you that flowers have a way of making me irrationally delighted? The petals of my soul break out in a fit of sunshine.


Flowers. There must always be flowers. Always. Today is #MondayRed #ColorChallenge by @Kalemandra. Who colors my world every day. As you probably already know.


Every day should be #Caturday. Truth. Who doesn't love a Kit Kat? I cannot remember life prior to Kitty ...Perhaps there never was a before. Maybe it just always was. Don't they just wiggle their way into your life, needy and loving, until suddenly, you are hooked.


I am a diva, there is no lying about it. May I ask, are you my food slave? I don't recognize you, but, can you get me four kitty scoops of tuna topped with a treat?

PS... Please don't tell @dswigle that I am having an unhealthy snack made with sugar and spice and everything nice. She is like the Nutrition Nazi, and my #1 Food Slave, of course. :) Oh!! Not to dismiss the Nutrition Queen herself, @LenasVeganLiving!

And Happy Monday!

This picture is dedicated to #MonochromeMonday with @Old-Guy-Photos! Let's see those monochromes!!



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I picked a daisy and thought of you today.


"Just give me a reason" ~ Pink


In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.— Albert Schweitzer




¸.♥´¸.•♥*¨) Let the sun shine in on your life
So the joy may touch your soul

(¸.•´♥ (¸.•´ ♥

I do. I do! Eclectic and true, brought by me to you. And just that quick, this show is over. Tag me and I will visit you. too! Thank you for allowing me to muse about and as always, I wish you a wonderful day!



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I always post this poem down at the bottom of my posts. It is one that has become so near and dear to my heart. I only post the most famous part of it, but, wanted to post it in its entirety today.

they set my aunts house on fire
i cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
i called the boy who use to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
i said hello
he said warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?

i’ve been praying,
and these are what my prayers look like;
dear god
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.

later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered,
"where does it hurt?"
it answered,

"everywhere"
"everywhere"
"everywhere"

warsan shire



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I think sometimes people try and look at the big things when thinking about what to be grateful for, often its the small things that are so much more important and a few small things in a day make an awesome day, When someone does a random act of kindness to me it make me smile and makes me want to give back by doing a random act of kindness for someone or some others else, Ifor me thats a way of showing gratitude ;)

As an uncle of my used ot say far to often but now I appreciate it more every dya above ground is a good day make the most of it and another thing he said is smile they are infectious and it makes people wonder what your up to :)

What sweet post thanks so much for being the wonderful guide you are in SteemUSA !tip :)

Which reminds me I am not even sure I have popped in there today, slapping myself on the wrist and heading in there now

It's funny how many people count the big things or the things that they notice when they're talking about being grateful, but I can honestly say that it's really the small, seemingly insignificant things that really made the huge differences in life. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for a hot shower on a very cold day. Or even a cold shower on a very hot day. A spot of tea in the middle of the afternoon. They're just tiny little gestures but those things have a way of making my day.

Small and insignificant enough to not count them, but some days they make all the difference in the world. I can remember my grandfather saying any day above ground is a good day oh, so I can resonate with that one. Every time he would say it wonder what the heck he was talking about and now suddenly, I do. That's both thrilling and scary at the same time. I want to thank you so much for always being on top of your comments and taking the time to find my posts and make a nice comment on them. I aspire to be as on top of things as you are but for some reason I am like a Slowpoke getting through them and trying to make time for more. You are an absolute Angel and I bow down to you and your Speedy replies.

As always, I wish you a most wonderful day!

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ME an Angel LMAO how wrong is that LOL Just ask Lulu I get called crazy weird and all kinds of things but never an angel :)

As for the little things I thing when were younger we focus on te big things as we get no I am not going to say Old I am going to say more mature we do appreciate those little things so much and see how important they are, one or two small things in a day can make so much more impact that one big one in my mind at least

Isn't that the truth? As I get older, the realization is that I let so many small things go to the wayside.

Shamefully.

I think we all go through that realization I know I have 😎

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You are always welcome!

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Nice post. Glad your took some time to enjoy the simple starts of a day. Also like how you are able to mix in so many themes at once. Take care

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It's always been the smallest things that seem to touch my heart... even these comments left, with kindness attached really make my day.

Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to come over here and say hello and leaving your words behind.

Have a great day!

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Your words are so full of passion, and your photos full of beauty. Simply lovely.

Thank you for always for such kind and generous comments. I'm not sure that you realize how you have a way of making people feel good about themselves with so few words. It has always been a pleasure to be able to express myself freely here with words that tumble out of my brain. To know that anybody receives them the way that they are meant is one of my greatest joys.

In some ways, I want to thank you for taking the time to say hello and leaving you're always kind words behind I wish you a most wonderful day and as I know you are healing well from your Health crisis, may you continue to do well in your journey.

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Well we both know I am lost without your encouragement and coaching! :) I always said, you are the best!

Oh, shhhhh! You are fine.

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I've always loved your flower photos, and the "depth-of-field" in that first shot is remarkable! Such an excellent job and a delightful photo! 😊

Thank you so much @kittygirl! What a wonderful comment to come across! I appreciate you stopping in and saying hello and leaving your words behind!

You just made my day! Thank you!

As always, I wish YOU a great day!

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Awwwwww your fluffier is a heart - acher ... as are your flowers. My heart aches with love for life, with gratitude for all things .... if they need me I can help them and I am grateful, if they don’t need me I can just appreciate them and I am grateful. Lots of love and big hugs to you Denise.... my si-STAR from another mother 🤗😘

You leave me some of the nicest comments and I would be remiss if I didn't tell you how warm and wonderful my heart feels after reading them.

Thank you for the thoughts and words and for being so kind and wonderful to all.

Totally a sister from another mother! xxoxo

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That is so nice of you thank you so much 🤗

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Wonderful post and so important to be grateful everyday!

Coffee machines with timers, warm showers on a cold morning. Slippers. The smell of a freshly cleaned car. The man that took my cart back to the store, saving me a trip. A smile from a stranger while waiting in line. A loving gesture. A kiss goodbye. A short note from a friend. Small things. Simple gestures.

It's all these little things that add up to create a wonderful day.

Isn't that the truth? It's always the small things in life. It is sad when we allow these simple gestures to get blown away with the wind, never realizing their value on our hearts.

Every day, with every gesture, should count for something. Thanks for stopping by and have a most wonderful day!

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  ·  2 months ago (edited)

Ah, the garden of the mind.

Amazing, isn't it?

As James Allen brilliantly explained in his wonderful book "As a Man Thinketh", your mind is like a garden. To have a beautiful one, you must tend to the flowers and pull out the weeds. (paraphrased).

To me, that means focusing on thoughts that serve you, not enslave you. And by doing this, negativity has little real estate to encroach upon.

Enjoyed your post.

Namaste, JaiChai

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Oh, yes. Tending and weeding have become essential. I am so glad you enjoyed the post! Thank you for stopping by and for saying hello, leaving your words behind.

As always, I wish you a wonderful day!

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You always have the nicest of posts. Really nice pictures too.

I'm thankful for dogs. I have a cat, too, and she's alright, but I'm really thankful for dogs. And warm spring days, and cool autumn breezes.

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Thank you! You always leave such kind comments and thoughts. Hehe... I was turned on by a special cat, otherwise, I have always been in love with my Dalmation, Maggie. She has since passed, but she was a huge part of my life. And you do have some lovely thoughts on thankful moments.

Oh, yes.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello and leaving your comment behind.

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A delightful and beautiful post, as always! I love your flower photos, and your list of things to be grateful for. Many years ago I made a list of things I love, to combat a particularly dark patch I was going through. All the things on the list were the little things that give any day a bit of sparkle, and I still go back and read it when I'm feeling overwhelmed or deeply despairing. I should bookmark this post for the same reason. Then I can go back and look at it sometime in February when it seems like the sun will never visit again. Thank you for such an uplifting moment!

Oh, what a thoroughly heart-warming comment. I meet the nicest people here on the blockchain. Thank you so much.

That made my day!

As always, thank you for stopping by and leaving such kind words behind.

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You are most welcome! You certainly earn all the kind words people leave for you.

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Everyday is good to be alive but some stink while others knock it out of the park.... :-)

Hahaha! I adore you @manorvillemike!!!

You rock this world!

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I do love these black and white shots with just a touch of colour... it really highlights the subject in a such a great way! Google Assistant has been sending a few of my photos with this sort of style...

Oh, yes! Google does that and it is always a big surprise to me. I don't usually use any of theirs but so many do, so I may have to take another look at what they are doing.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello! I hope you have a most wonderful day!

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Thank you! You too!

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OMGosh! All such beautiful flowers!

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Thank you so much! The comments that you leave are so passionate and expressive that they hug me right down to my soul. Thank you so much for taking your time and effort to come and say hello, leaving you words behind.

Have a sunshiney day!!

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Thank you so much for the tip @wwwiebe!

Mondays made even more delightful after that

Thank you so much! Have a great day!

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Le admiro la gran pasion con que redacta sus trabajos y la belleza al captar susfotografias,felicitaciones amiga saludos todo muy hermoso la admiro

Thank you! You are so kind!

All the flowers and kitty cat are a hit Denise, love the monochrome photography with a splash of colour, happy new week!

Happy New Week, Joan! You are always such a breath of fresh air with your lovely words and cheerful spirit! Thank you so much! Much love from here!

As always, a most wonderful day to you!

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