I appreciate the renewal of life that awakens us each year. Springtime is magical as new life and new colors make their way into our daily perceptions. Even in the desert that encompasses Las Vegas, we are treated to new colors and new smells.
I am so thankful for my mother who passed away several years ago. I always knew she loved me and wanted the best for me. Through her suggestions and insight, she significantly shaped my life for good. I suspect she is still influencing my life from the other side of the veil. Thank you Mom. I love you.
I am grateful to work in an office with many good-hearted people. Saturday we had a company picnic and much was done behind the scenes to make it a fun and festive event for both grown-ups and children. I appreciate working among individuals who foster good relationships in and out of the office. Relationships always trump duties.
I am grateful for the many tools that allow us to take advantage of the power of the internet. Posterous has been my blog hosting site for the Gratitude365 project. But Posterous just closed their doors several months after being bought out by Twitter and Posterous is no longer functional. I still have a few posts to complete my project and will do this through my new blog site (many thanks to Richard for setting it up) at: kevinnedmiller.com. Come on over and join me.
I am slowly learning to appreciate the now, the things that are part of our present, day-to-day world. A beautiful sunrise is a treasure that we rarely experience. It is a gift from God that occurs each day and it is often beautiful but we are usually not part of it. I am thankful when I can connect with such beauty.
I recenlty made my first trip to Death Valley. I didn’t know what to expect. Although we missed the vibrant floral display that accompanies many spring seasons in this area, color abounded in the surrounding hills. I am always happy to see God’s colorful creations. This scene was taken along Artist’s Drive in Death Valley National Park around sunset.
On the surface, this old, rusty car didn’t look like much. But I love this vibrant, fanciful rendition of a scene that might otherwise seem humdrum. Junk to one may be treasure to another. I am thankful we have the freedom to choose our own priorities and seek after those things that are treasures to us.
You have to admire those who can put aside their fears and live out the dreams of their hearts. Such was the case with Marta Becket. She rented this recreation hall near Death Valley in 1967. She began repairs, created the sets, painted murals on the adobe walls and renamed it the Amargosa Opera House. In 1970, journalists from National Geographic discovered Becket doing a performance at the Amargosa Opera House without an audience. Their profile and another in Life led to an international interest in Becket and her theater. She began performing to visitors from around the world, including such notables as Ray Bradbury and Red Skelton.
“God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, nor sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.”
I give thanks for the brightness, comfort, and hope God has brought to my life to counterbalance the mortal trials we are given.
Bright colors are an energizing part of our daily experience. They make us bright. They make us happy. One would not expect vibrant color in the middle of the wasteland we call desert. But along the desert backroads of Southern California, this little gem was almost missed. But an alert observer helped us turn back the car to this colorful array.