Happy Thansgiving!

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” Frederick Keonig

I know that my life is filled with so much happiness and I hope yours is as well. Hope this thanksgiving week finds you laughing with friends and family and counting all your blessings — even the small ones. I truly believe being grateful and thankful brings more goodness into your life. Live well! Be well!

Here is one of my favorite poems from one of my favorite poets – she expresses ‘happiness’ so well —



It is difficult to know what to do

with so much happiness.

With sadness there is something

to rub against,

A wound to tend with lotion and cloth.

When the world falls in around you,

you have pieces to pick up,

Something to hold in your hands,

like ticket stubs or change. 

But happiness floats.

It doesn’t need you to hold it down.

It doesn’t need anything.

Happiness lands on the roof

of the next 



And disappears when it wants to.

You are happy either way.

Even the fact that you once lived

in a peaceful tree house 

And now live over a quarry of noise and dust

Cannot make you unhappy.

Everything has a life of its own,

It too could wake up filled with possibilities

Of coffee cake and ripe peaches,

And love even the floor which needs to be swept,

The soiled linens and scratched records…..

Since there is no place large enough

To contain so much happiness,

You shrug, you raise your hands,

and it 

flows out of 


Into everything you touch.

You are not responsible.

You take no credit,

as the night sky 

takes no credit

For the moon, but continues to hold it,

and to share it,

And in that way, be known.

– Naomi Shihab Nye


About Judy Shreve

Blogging for me is like keeping a journal which I have done in various forms since I can remember. But what's great about this format is it offers an opportunity to explore all the things that interest me as an artist with others. Blogging seems to strengthen that sense of being part of both something personal and something universal. It takes the journaling idea and expands it through visitor's comments creating a valuable dialog that connects us to each other no matter where we live. I enjoy responding to each comment and warmly welcome your visits. email: judyshreve at mac dot com
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