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Love & Gratitude

Text by: Christine Pethel, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
- Kahlil Gibran
© Jessica Ceason Photography
Love.  Gratitude.

Two words. Two simple words… yet both carry such powerfully, significant meanings. Words, of equal importance that harmoniously and synonymously fit together. And two words that evoke such an emotion that, when felt and given in their uttermost, raw and true forms, bring one only moments away from experiencing true, inner joy.

The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we can never give enough of is love.
- Henry Miller

What is love, really? There has never been an easy way to explain it. Sonnets have been written. Stories have been penned. Philosophers have opined. And lovers have described. But no one has been able to give a simple explanation for the meaning of "love."

© Paige Green Photography

Nonetheless, what we do know, what we are quite certain of, is how love makes us feel.


All emotions we sense when we are loved.

All emotions we feel when we are GIVING of our own love.

It’s whimsical. It can move us to laughter or move us to tears. We strive for it, and look for it, in everything we do.

Love is a part of our lives, whether there is abundance or a lack, thereof. We cannot escape it, nor can we force it.

Imagine then, if we could only feel that same love for ourselves. If we could love ourselves as we love others. The joy we would feel then would be tenfold to what we feel when we are loved by someone else.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
- Albert Schweitzer (German medical Missionary,Theologian, Musician
and Philosopher. 1952 Nobel Peace Prize, 1875-1965)

© Jessica Ceason Photography
Let us, in the month of February, a time when the world is usually celebrating and focusing on romantic love, also recognize and feel grateful for the love that is around us, that which is inside us, and that which is expected to be. Feel grateful when you experience it, feel grateful when you have lost it, and even feel grateful if it hasn’t quite found you yet.

Encompassed within the pages of this issue, there will be variations on our theme of “Love and Gratitude.” Writings will be penned. Thoughts will be formed. Customs will be remembered. Beauty will be captured. But the common thread running through the fabric will be one of change. We will become better. We will love. We will change others. It is then that we will feel true love.

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 (American motivational Speaker
and Author of self-help books. b.1933)