Friday, November 1, 2013

A Month of Gratitude - Day 1

I'm want to really spend November celebrating all the good things in my life.  I'm going to try to share one thing each day.  Life can be so busy, especially this time of year, and I really want to try to find a moment each day to stop and think about just how blessed our family is.

Today is easy.  I'm grateful for waking up each day.  Bonus: I'm also grateful that hubby is up ahead of me to take pictures of the sunrise.  I'm more of a "sunset" kind of gal, but sunrise can be incredible.

I don't like getting up, but I have made it a little easier for me.  My first alarm goes off at 6:00 in the morning.  Instead of a peppy, lively song for my alarm, I've chosen a piece of Gregorian Chant.

It's entitled "Adoro Te Devote," and was written by St. Thomas Aquinas.  Often only the first two or three lines are sung before I manage to whap the snooze, but my morning begins with

Adoro te devote, latens Deitas,
Quæ sub his figuris vere latitas;
Tibi se cor meum totum subjicit,
Quia te contemplans totum deficit.

I devoutly adore you, O hidden Deity,
Truly hidden beneath these appearances.
My whole heart submits to you,
And in contemplating you,
It surrenders itself completely.
Frankly, I think the world would be a better place if life didn't start until around 10 am, but through Him all things are possible...even getting my head off the pillow and diving into the day.  

I'm joining with Quiet Pandamonium for the 2013 Gratitude Challenge.

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