“If we are not happy and joyous at this season, for what other season shall we wait and for what other time shall we look?” ~’Abdu’l-Báhá
Happiness is to want what you already have.
Gratitude is the essence of happiness. The blessings of life are as many as the stars in heaven. Too many to count. And yet, unless we stop for a while and gaze above we miss out the unfolding wonder of a twinkling night sky. Happiness emanates from a heart that sees stars. Gratitude is never to forget a blessing.
Thank you to all my readers. I am grateful for you. When I count my blessings, I count so many of you who have enriched my life in so many ways. I never forget.
These are some blogs which I have been wanting to share with all of you. They are gems. May the talent, artistry, photography, writing and just the special way each one of them perceive the world, touch and inspire you today. Most of all, may you also get to know the same genuine kindness and warm hearts behind the blogs.
Sriram Janak – Living With a Damaged Skull
Claudia Totir – The World Through My Eyes
Chillbrook – Cornwall – A Photograhphic Journey
Emily – Hoof Beats and Footprints
Aditix – Aditix Pictures
Elizabeth – Mirth and Motivation
Valerie – The Still Spot
Chris – Dancing on Frozen Beaver Pond
Thomas Ross – only here only now
Lee – Mother of 2 and No More
MadamMommy – What mama thinks
Saymber – Saymberblondi
Mudlips – Peregrination
Jeanne – Still a Dreamer
Catherine O’Meara – The Daily Round
Eleenie – Denobears
Russ – A Grateful Man
Thanks for the list, Sharon. I trust your choices, as we seem to share the same mindset. I’ll check them out!
That’s excellent Yaz! I know you’ll treasure them too! Thank you so much and I was just over at yours catching up and as always finding it to be such a treasure trove of wonderful insights. Have a great day and see you later! Sharon
Great post Sharon!! Love it! Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing the blogs you like, and also including my blog also among them.
My dear Claudia, your photography and dedication to artistry and beauty made an impression on me. More people should see your work and be blessed! Hugs, Sharon
Thank you very much Sharon. I am really glad that I found you blog. Whenever I have a bad day I come here and read one of your posts; they hit right to the core.
Sharon, thanks for recognizing my blog in this post. I love what you wrote in the opening paragraph – oh how true!
… And your photos are exceptional! I couldn’t stop looking at them over and over again.
Thank you my friend for being you.
I think all good things are meant to be shared. Your blog is certainly one of them Valerie! I’m glad you enjoyed these photos.They were taken in the small historical town of Porvoo about 25 minutes drive from Helsinki. A most charming little place indeed. Hugs and thank you! Sharon
Wonderful post and beautiful photos, Sharon. Thanks for sharing.
Dear Anette, always so good to hear from you! Thank you for your kind feedback. I wish you a wonderful weekend and look forward to more beautiful photography from you! Sharon
Happy thanksgiving Sharon! Thank you very much… 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving to you Ganesh! There is indeed much to be thankful for. Have a great weekend! Sharon
“Happiness is to want what you already have.” I love that, Sharon. Beautiful photography, as always! And thanks for the list. I’ll check them out.
Dear Cathy, sometimes when I find myself wanting and reaching and grasping for more – I remind myself to stop and look at what I already have. And to embrace every last bit of goodness in my own life. A grateful heart is a happy heart. So lovely to hear from you as always! Sharon
WooHoo! Glad I checked e-mail this morning and receive the blessing of your words. Thank you, too, Sharon, for listing my blog with such rare artists…peace to your heart and your day. You’re absolutely spot on: I’d rather have a life I appreciate than one cluttered with things that don’t summon gratitude…I’m grateful for your strong heart, beautiful images and profound words. Happy Thanksgiving (every day)!
I love that it’s Thanksgiving every day!! Woohoo indeed! I’ll miss you when you go on your break. But thinking of you at Full Moon with warm affection. Wishing you heaps of inspiration and all good things flow from your pen. It’s been a wonderful pleasure to know you dear Catherine. Hugs.
Sharon everytime I read your posts I can see you smiling and feel the goodness you are. I am thankful for people like you still existing in the world and who are willing to share their light. Happy Thanksgiving dear girl. Big hugs from hubby, my furr kids and me to you and your loved ones.
Haha, I feel the same way when I hear from you Saymber! Happy Thanksgiving my girl and I hope you did read that list carefully up there 😀 Big hugs from us here too and I know you will be having a real Thanksgiving from your heart. Hugs. See you soon.
“Happiness is to want what you already have.”..if only we could follow this…beautiful post…and photos.thank you so much Sharon for including my blog in your list…you are too kind
A wonderful honour to be able to share your work with others. It’s been an absolute joy discovering your work and stunning photography. I have been meaning to ask – where do you live?! It looks too amazing to be true – animals and magnificent mountains. Are you near the Pakistani/Indian border? Wishing you a great weekend! Sharon
Thank you Sharon…I live in Madurai (southern part of India ) a small town famous for its temples (also know as the Athens of the east )..We travel a lot -especially into the wilds and for being with the elephants..-.all over our beautiful country.The mountain pictures are from Ladakh ( Himalayas )..I am so glad I met so many friends because of my blog and now because of YOU..thank you so much Sharon . have a great weekend too..take care
A lovely post Sharon. Thank you for the mention here. This is never a one way street and your blog has certainly enriched my life. 🙂
I am most touched to hear that Chillbrook. I wish you a great weekend and looking forward to more of your masterpieces. Sharon
Your post is beautiful, as always, with you gratefully sharing some lovely sites – How nice! Sriram is the only one on the list I know, and he is amazing, so I look forward to visiting your other friends too! Thank you for sharing the beautiful light of your kind heart with us all here through your lovely blog. You are loved and appreciated!
With joy, Gina
I am sure you will be equally inspired by all these blogs Gina! Thank you so much for your kind heart that reach out to me everytime. I am touched. Happy Thanksgiving to you – I know your home and your heart will be celebrating thankfulness! Hugs, Sharon
Thank you Sharon, what a nice surprise to see my blog listed here. And thank you for your blog. Happy Thanksgiving 🙂
With a happy heart indeed I remember you and your blog! Sharon
I looked and thought, ah… more beautiful and inspiring words and images from Sharon. And a list of blogs you enjoy too… and… Dancing on Frozen Beaver Ponds. How cool is that. Thank you for sharing a new group of writers to explore and enjoy, and thank you very much for including me here. Once again, I trust that you’ve made more than one person “very happy”.
Very cool indeed. A wonderful pleasure. Happy Thanksgiving Chris! Sharon
Thank you for your inspiring posts and photos. I have enjoyed checking out the blogs you highlighted in this post.
Thank you also for reading my blog :-))
So very lovely to hear from you all the way from New Zealand! I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed the selection of blogs this time round. I look forward to getting to know you and catching up on your blog. Have a wonderful weekend! Sharon
Touched….Thankful for stumbling on to your blog one fine day. What a treasure I discovered!!! The words, the pictures and the person!
The pleasure is mine dear one. Hugs, Sharon
Just popping by to wish you a happy thanksgiving. Just love that last photo. So serene and beautiful. 🙂
You made me so happy by coming here dear Martha!! Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I’m sure your heart overflows with gratitude. Hugs. I’m glad you like the photos. The last photo is of my husband and our boy 😀 One of my favourite shots of my boys. I hope you are getting better with each passing day. I shall be checking up on you over at your blog. Love, Sharon
‘Happiness is to want what you already have.’ So true. The path of longing and envy leads only to unhappiness. Wise words Sharon, great post. thanks for sharing.
Sharon, Happiness and gratitude are so closely related, and when we find one we have usually found the other! Thank you for this list of blogs to check out – I will – and also for including me. 🙂
p.s. And tx for more lovely photos, too. Jeanne
Greetings Sweet Sharon ✿,
–We returned home two days ago… was with family for Thanksgiving… and before resuming my daily routine, I had to visit my favorite person! Due to poor internet connections, time after time, my apologies for not making proper communications. I tried my best in the few contacts I was able to make. Our 37-day Australian trip was fabulous. Once I am organised, I will share some stories with photos. Please give me a few more days, and I will be full-fledged active again. 😀
–A lovely post! I checked out all the blogs you have listed. Truly they are gems. I love every one of your photos, especially the last one of a heart-warming parent and child!
Hugs, ♥ Fae.
The snow is falling here- first snow of winter. Cold and windy, gray sky. I’m sitting in my kitchen, catching up on my reading and thinking how amazing my life has been and how each moment is a new wonder- and then I come here. The good, strong feeling I had when I came rises yet higher as I read your post and feel your warmth and caring shining through.
This is all so much more than I could ever have imagined- these connections, discovering the great writers, with you foremost, and mostly the sense of connection I have with you and with the other constant, loving, gifted folks I’ve found in this community of writers.
I’m beyond thankful for all of it.
Dearest Sharon, you are one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Thank you much for the referral to my blog. You are too kind. These photos are absolutely beautiful.
Sweet Shaz, I count you as one of my blessings and grateful to have met you. Love your blog. Love the photos too. Big hugs and have a wonderful day. 🙂 Renee
Speaking of wonderful blogs, I’ve taken the liberty of nominating you for Blog of the Year. Please see http://mountainperspective.wordpress.com for information. If awards don’t appeal to you, then please feel free to ignore it. Best as always, Barney
Awesome blog , loved it! 🙂
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! What a wonderful surprise to read this post and find my blog on your list…. Thank you for such a delightful holiday season gift…. The sentiments are mutual. Your blog is lyrical, inspiring, poetic… blessed. May you and yours be blessed throughout this season… Merci! 🙂
I will check out the other blogs too. 🙂
¸.•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪Have a grace filled week! .♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ♥
Thank you, Sharon. You are amazingly inspirational and feel truly blessed to know you through blogging. HUGS. 🙂
i am checking each site you recommended. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Brilliant, lovely, thanks
We are grateful to YOU Sharon for having such a wonderful blog and sharing your thoughts and inspirational words with us! I love that line “happiness is to want what you already have” and I feel happy after seeing those beautiful pictures, so wonderfully colourful 🙂
Sharon, your writing and images are ever so uplifting! Where is this charming village?
Wishing you and your family a happy holiday season and beautiful 2013.
Where are you Sharon?? Missing you! Diane
My dearest Diane!
How lovely of you to look me up! I am right now in Malaysia and will be heading back to Finland by the end of January. I miss you too and I do wish you an amazing 2013! Hugs and hugs again! Sharon