“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” – Maya Angelou

Sunset walk in Tucson Arizaon

Sunset walk in sensational Arizona

Today I am grateful for so much in my life. My family, this wonderful life, my health and happiness. My heart is so full of love and thankfulness. As I spend this Thanksgiving holiday with my immediate family, the first time we have all been together in years without spouses or kids, I am grateful for the love that we share that has filled my heart with immense joy, compassion and tenderness.

Sunset over the sahuaro.

Sunset over the sahuaro.

It is time to step back and embrace all the beauty of this world.

Tucson Arizona

Walk to the mountains.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie

Desert flowers

Desert flowers

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude”. – Denis Waitley 

Desert flower

Desert flowers

It is time to take a moment to reflect on what it is in your life that you are grateful for and to also remember the many who are less fortunate. Gratitude.


  1. really. we take things for granted these days. but some days, occasion or no occasion we are reminded of all that Lord has bestowed upon us. all that we have around us is unbelievable. once again, your post has served as a source of inspiration reminding me of how much i have.

    • Yes indeed. It hits even closer to home as I watch someone I love go through chemo right now. Every day is a gift. That is why they call it the present. 🙂

  2. There is an old say that happiness in life is free. We have so much to be grateful for every day! It just sits there in our eyes: health, children, a new day, beautiful flowers, great friends, enough food to live, shelter, clothes … and life in general. Why don’t we see it? Maybe because we take it for granted so let’s count our blessings!
    Thank you for a great post and great photos!


  3. It is the longing for such places for such sunsets, after so much purity that always draws us back into the desert. Although there is no place where we can live. Strange.

  4. lovely pictures.. i luv the words, very inspiring..
    sometimes i’m tired of myself..i care too much till i hurt myself so much.. 🙁

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