Gratitude: Painting Adversity into a Lovely Picture

gratitude Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture. This simple yet profound quote by Kak Sri is the perfect way for me to express my gratitude as Americans begin Thanksgiving week.

The past few years have been especially challenging for many people, including artists. However, through my own personal trials I have learned the importance and the power of giving, for a clenched fist cannot receive anything, but an open hand can hold much’.

For me, keeping an attitude of gratitude throughout the day is now becoming a habit. Giving thanks does not have to wait for bended knee, I find myself giving thanks when I am stuck at a red light or standing in a long line at the grocery store. “Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.” ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” ~G.K. Chesterton


The festival of giving thanks has been attributed to the ending of the harvest season, and the on slot of winter. Ancient cultures gave thanks and gratitude to their god or gods for a successful harvest. The American Pilgrims established Thanksgiving to honor the blessings from God.

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you’?”  ~William A. Ward.

I am grateful for my many blessings of family, friends, social media friends and to my readers. I appreciate your continued support of this blog and for your support of the Arts.

Blessings to you all,

Lori 🙂

PS. I would also enjoy meeting you on Twitter ,  Facebook and Google Plus! Are you curious about my paintings? You can visit my art website to see my paintings. ~Lori


  1. AnnTran_ November 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I LOVE this post! I especially love the G.K. Chesterton excerpt. I am happy to be part of your Twitter family. I am grateful that you are such an awesome editor and friend. I can’t wait until we meet IRL.

    Thank YOU Lori.

    • Lori McNee November 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Ann! What a nice surprise to find you commenting on my blog. I am glad you like this post and I obviously really enjoyed Chesterton’s quote as well. I am grateful for our friendship and look forward to meeting IRL someday soon!

      Lori 🙂

  2. Louise Douglas November 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Lori, Thank you for all you bring to others. It is a pleasure to be a ‘social media’ friend with you. Happy Thanksgiving, Namaste, Louise

    • Lori McNee November 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      Hello Louise, I am happy to see you here today. Thanks so much for taking time to express your gratitude. I truly love helping others!

      Lori 🙂

  3. Celia November 25, 2011 at 2:42 am


    beautiful post, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for teaching me so much!


    • Lori McNee November 25, 2011 at 8:04 am

      Hello Celia,

      You are very welcome, and THANK YOU for being here and for taking time to share such a nice comment. I appreciate you.


  4. Charlotte November 25, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Thanks for the reminder, Lori. Blessings to you! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful time of thanksgiving, yourself.

    • Lori McNee November 25, 2011 at 10:36 am

      Hello Charlotte, and thank you for the nice comment. I had a lovely Thanksgiving with my extended family. I wish you the best.

      Lori 🙂

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