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Focusing on Gratitude

floret_fall-bouquet-7Here in the states, we are celebrating Thanksgiving today. A holiday centered around abundance, gratitude, and the celebration of plenty. Traditionally an overflowing table is set, family and friends gather round, and everyone feasts and shares what they are thankful for.

In light of recent events, focusing on the positive has been more difficult than usual. I’ve heard from many of my closest friends that they’re having a hard time shaking off fear and uncertainty about the future. But no matter who you voted for, or what you believe is the right way forward, it’s important that we extend grace to one another, rather than letting our differences divide us.

fall-1Above my kitchen sink, I tape up inspiring quotes and positive reminders to help me stay focused on what really matters – growth and gratitude. One of my favorites is from Fred Rogers, which I’m sure you’ve heard before. But it feels all the more relevant today, so I thought I would share.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” -Fred Rogers

fall3This quote is a wonderful reminder that extraordinary things are being done by ordinary people, all around us. And when we look for the goodness in humanity, we can find it quite easily.

For me, I would have to say the unsung heroes in my local community are the Mount Vernon children’s librarians. The kind and enthusiastic women who staff our small town library are some of the most caring people I’ve ever met. Watching them encourage and support each of the children who visit, is nothing short of miraculous.

And in my daily life, my biggest blessing is my Mom. Not only is she a constant source of inspiration and encouragement to me, but she also showers my children, and husband with equal amounts of love and support. She is the rock of our family and I truly can’t imagine what life would be like without her in it.

I would love to hear about one of the helpers in your life. Who is the special person in your world bringing light and joy to those around them? Large acts, tiny gestures, they all count. My hope is that by openly sharing our gratitude, that we’ll inspire each other over this long holiday weekend.

fall2The team and I would love a chance to bless a handful of these extraordinary souls with a special gift of garden goodies. So, please, if you have a little free time over the next few days, I would love to hear about that special someone in your life who deserves to be highlighted.

Simply leave a comment below and share who you’re grateful for and why. If you want to enter multiple people, go for it! Just be sure that you post a separate comment for each person.

Winners will be announced here Sunday evening. I can’t wait to read your stories!
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About Ashraf Akkilah

Ashraf Akkilah
Architecture and design is my passion. I'm an architect who is interested in building design and decor trends. I'm also interested in sculpture design and landscaping. I'm "outdoor" architect who love to be involved in the project site and supervise finishing and final touches works. I had contributed to many construction and decor projects.

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