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Gratitude Makes Sense of our Past

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Melody Beattie

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 Twenty years of Holy Matrimony

Tossed out like old shoes.

What happened to the promise?

To the the dream?

To the love?

Change ran them off

Down divergent paths.

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Years

of

Confusion

and

Loneliness

Finally passed as

 Acceptance

Seeped into the empty space

 Making room for new possibilities.

 I found my self again.

And loved me for my soul.

And  when the time was right,

Everything made sense.

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Now I’m thankful

that he made that space

and found a better fit.

I’m thankful for the time to heal

and learning to let go.

I’m thankful for the lessons learned

on long and winding roads.

I’m  thankful for convergent paths

That brought my true love home.

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© 2016 JoAnne Silvia. All words and photos on this post are the property of JoAnne Silvia.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and followers for whom I am very thankful! 

Author: JoAnna

I'm an open minded, tree-hugging Christian who loves creation. After 30 years as a substance abuse counselor, I'm returning to my creative roots, painting angels, and writing a memoir about love, faith and perseverance, and how I learned that there are no coincidences.

11 thoughts on “Gratitude Makes Sense of our Past

  1. Ah! JoAnna…such beautiful words and tribute to the life that led you where you are now!! To have gratitude for everything in our paths as something that opens us and eventually leads us to ourselves and the life we were meant to live…ah! AH!! I thank you for your beautiful support of me…I thank you for the light and love you bestow on the world. I am Thankful… I am Blessitude! Happy Thanksgiving! ❤

    • I’m so thankful for your friendship, Lorrie, and how your bright smile reflects the love and goodness in your heart. Thank you also for your support. Sending light and love to you for a beautiful Thanksgiving!

  2. A beautiful if not poignant reminder that out of very dark cloud there is a silver lining.. Often if had not those clouds cast their shadows we would not be who we are today.. Learning to give thanks for them and their experiences shows we are growing, maturing like those trees… We often never forget the roots but we learn to let go of the leaves for hanging onto them would not serve us, for they would only drag us down in the storms yet to come..
    Learning to let go as we lighten our loads as we make sense of our past..
    The past is what has created us in the present. And I too give thanks for all of those life lessons..
    Love and Hugs dear JoAnna..
    Wishing you a Wonderful Happy Thanksgiving for all the gifts we are given xxx

  3. So very beautiful you are dear JoAnna …and thoughtful with a loving soul … thank you for sharing your creative gift and your sweet friendship …💜

  4. Beautiful Joanna. Happy Thanksgiving.

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