November 10 – “The Wonder of the Moment” by the IAW Gratitude Team

The Wonder of the Moment

We turn logical with our gratitude because it is terrifying. The wonder of a moment in which there is nothing but an upwelling of simple happiness is utterly awesome. Gratitude is so close to the bone of life, pure and true, that it instantly stops the rational mind, and all its planning and plotting. That kind of let go is fiercely threatening. I mean, where might such gratitude end? —Regina Sara Ryan, Praying Dangerously

Our November theme is Gratitude. The October 29 posting introduced the theme and reviewed the link between choosing gratitude as our response to life and body-mind-spirit wellness. The November 3 posting featured “Prism Light,” a gratitude poem written by one of our Coach-Trainees Angelique Arroyo.

Today’s posting features 6 members of our Facebook Gratitude Team. We put out the call to join the Team and within hours 12 women from around the world had joined the Team. They are committed to saturating the IAW Fan Page with expressions of gratitude.

Be inspired by their expressions and add your own by commenting here and by posting on the IAW International Fan Page. Introducing:

Candy Story James—I am grateful for people who have the willingness and courage to speak their truth to me, whether it feels good to me or not.

Jeannie Bramlett—I am grateful for children’s carefree, uninhibited, and contagious laughter. I am grateful for this warm, sun-shining day in Colorado. I’m grateful for the opportunities of this week, and that “all things are possible.” I’m grateful for being a part of this group, which is stretching my comfort zone by inviting me to express myself to others.

Michelle Thackwray—I am grateful for the people who make up the quilt of my life—my mother, sister, son, and wonderful friends. I am happy to be part of this group. I am grateful for great literature and inspiring literature. So happy that Patricia and Sark are on Facebook and that I look forward to checking my news feed for optimistic and life-affirming posts. “I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it.” William Shakespeare

Nina Wikstrom Aquilar—I have been so incredibly depressed. Meds, even! I am now an Empty-Nester and wondered what to do with the rest of my life. You know: BESIDES take care of the house and the dogs. Looking deeply into appreciating my very ordinary life is exactly what I need right now. So thank you, Patricia, and thank you to the IAW Gratitude Circle, for giving me something to do with the rest of my life.

Diana Dahlberg—I am grateful for my friends, who support me when needed and laugh with me when it’s possible. I am grateful for the sun in the morning—it makes the surroundings glow. I am grateful to wake up feeling good, and to get some soul-food from “Imagine a Woman,” together with my breakfast. I am grateful for loving my job, and that soon I begin my evening-shift. I am grateful for being a participant in this Woman-Uplifting- Circle.

Casey Lesmeister—I am grateful for sisterhood. I am honored that someone I just met through Facebook is making herself available to serve me tea. I am grateful to then be able to spend the rest of the afternoon with the women in my family to make apple butter. I am grateful for being a part of this community! “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

What are you grateful for today. Inspire us with your expressions of gratitude by commenting here or posting on our Facebook fan page…

Patricia Lynn Reilly is the founder of Imagine a Woman International and BAB Coaching and Publication Services. If you’re inspired to take the next step with your book project, visit If you’re ready to author your own life, business, or self-understanding, visit for inspiration, opportunities, and support.


  1. I am grateful to be reading your posts and noticing how much we all have in common.

  2. I am grateful for the sun on my face, the love of family and friends, and being able to follow my path at the age of sixty-eight with joy and confidence. I am grateful for my body which carries me forward, even on those days when parts of it are not so sure. I am grateful for the women of this group.

  3. Teri Goggin-Roberts says:

    I’m grateful for the sparks ignited and fanned by IAW with every blog posting, every email and every contribution from the women in this magical circle. Their strength and beauty inspire me and for this, I am deeply grateful!

  4. I am very very grateful for all the loving supportive people in my life while I’m in this vortex of hell
    (divorce). I see God in all the faces of my gracious neigbhors, people who I never really “looked at”. I saw them through the eyes of someone who did not want or care to see further then a hello (if even that).
    I am grateful for the small slivers of joy I get from my pets, and when God shines a light on me when I think something is going terrible wrong and then it doesn’t.
    I’m grateful for Patricia and all her words of wisdom, comfort and enlightment.

    Thank you Thank you Thank you,

  5. Patricia OG says:

    Today, I am grateful for the calm space available here to gather my gratitude. I am grateful for the Dr.’s news that my son in law will not lose his leg from his recent injury. I am grateful that my granddaughter is recovering well from walking pneumonia. I am grateful for all of my friends who have helped to hold prayer and love as these challenges were addressed.
    In loving Gratitude,
    Patricia OG

  6. I am grateful to be a woman. I’m grateful that I have experienced all of my past and have the future at my fingertips. I am grateful to be an artist to be able to inspire and be inspired. I am grateful to have a daughter to raise and grateful she is full of strength and loving light. I am grateful to know that gratitude is far better than sorrow.

    With love and light to you all!

  7. Michelle McKnight says:

    I am grateful for my cousin for sharing the poem ‘Imagine a Woman’ 10 years ago with me. I had a copy on my refrigerator for years with a picture of my cousin next to it. Now my refrigerator is covered with my daughter’s artwork and I carry the poem in my heart grateful and honored to be a woman and I imagine her as “a woman who authors her own life.
    A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own behalf.
    Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and to her wisest voice.” Thank you. I am grateful for you and your words, Patricia Lynn Reilly.

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