What a flower in November taught me about gratitude

The seasons are changing.  The vibrant beauty of October has faded, and a gray, rainy November has taken its place. This transition is most evident in my garden. Flower beds, once full of lush foliage and vivid blooms, are now displaying brown leaves and withering branches.

As I stood looking out the window at the garden recently, I found myself feeling as dull as the world outside. It seems that the shift towards longer nights and wet days was negatively influencing my mood. Instead of embracing the new season and the natural phases of the garden, I could only see the drenching rain, the lack of sunshine, and decaying perennials.

That’s when I noticed a single white daisy growing in the middle of the garden. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a daisy blooming in November before. The surprise of seeing this unusual occurrence pulled me out my sullen mood, and instantly I felt lighter, happier, and even joyful.

A beautiful gift

Thank you for this beautiful gift, I said aloud as I went outside to look at the daisy more closely. As I stood looking at the incredible flower, I wondered what other gifts add happiness and joy to my life: a warm house on a cold day, fresh food in the refrigerator, a backyard for my children to play in, a neighbourhood full of good friends.

And I felt grateful.

A shift in perspective

That’s when I realized something. When I focus on what’s missing in my life, I bring myself down. But when I shift my perspective to one of gratitude, I become open to all the things that give my life more meaning. In return, I feel happier, joyful, more centered and calm.

It’s still November, and the weather hasn’t changed. In fact, the rain has turned to snow. But I don’t mind. That’s because I’m feeling thankful for all the gifts that surround me – whether they’re as simple as falling snow, or as extraordinary as a flower blooming in November.

What do you feel grateful for today? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

You’re wonderful.

Mary Lou