woman needlepoint illustration made by azita houshiarHi everyone! How do you like my little needlepoint lady? She’s dancing like a twirling dervish and do you know why? Because her heart is filled and made buoyant with deep thankfulness! And guess what? Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. A day centered around food, family and giving thanks.

I plan to reflect at length regarding gratitude before the year is over, but right now I must say that when I count my blessings today (as I plan to do sometime before or after wolfing down turkey, stuffing, and pie, lots of pie!) the fact that you take the time to read here is one of those many blessings, and it’s one that makes me as profoundly thankful as this dancing needlepoint lady. (Thank you! ♥)

Often, when I think about true gratitude — the buoyancy of feeling deeply and sincerely thankful — this poem of e.e.cummings, one of my favorite poets, pops into my head. It encapsulates in a simple and gorgeously earnest way the soaring transcendental nature of spirituality and conscious gratefulness. I can’t in good conscience pass up the opportunity to share it with you here:

i thank You God for most this amazing

i thank You God for most this amazing

day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

— e.e. cummings


Whether you are one of the millions celebrating this beautiful holiday today or if today is just a plain regular Thursday for you, may you have a most amazing greenly leaping illimitably life and love and great happening blue true dream of sky day!

Thank you so much for reading here! It means the world to me.


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28 thoughts on “Thanksgiving

  1. Thank you so much for the beautiful poem, Azita. In 1961 my very young dad walked by E. E. Cummings’ house in Patchin Place, and knocked on his door before realizing what a stupid thing it was to do. Cummings opened the door in a robe and slippers and said of himself : “He is not in, but come back some other day if you want to see him” (he said it in a nice way though).
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Oh my gosh, what a cool story! Thank you so much for sharing it Darya joon! (I’ve walked by that same house a few times and from now on I’ll remember your dad’s story!) xx

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you too, my friend! Thank you for bringing art and beauty of your self into my life and into this world every day – we need it desperately!

  3. What a lovely post and your twirling dervish is just the sweetest thing ever. I’m thankful for YOU and all your wonderful energy – thank you and never stop sharing it! happy thanksgiving, hope you eat lots of yummies today 🙂 xoxo

    • Belated words that try to communicate gratitude for such a lovely comment and pleasure in getting to meet you. Hope to see much more of you in the future. xo 🙂

  4. A self portrait Azita? e e cummings touches on the fundamentals of good fortune. This is a timely reminder to me to be thankful for what I do have rather than focus on what is beyond my grasp. Thanks you!

    • Kind of a self portrait! 🙂 Re the poem: it is quite powerful, isn’t it? It is an effective reminder as you say. I’m so happy to count you as one of my dear blogging friends and thank you for visiting and commenting! ❤

  5. How sweet & generous of you. What a perfect beautiful way to remind those of us who gets drowned in that blue true dream of sky here & there. This post is so soothing, it is like someone caressing you with love, like a Navazesh, makes me happy from within. Thank you love.
    Beautiful poem, beautiful thought, beautiful way to share your big heart.
    LOVE your needlepoint.
    Happy everyday of life to you.

    • B/w sleeping & awakening I missed saying how wonderful it is to wake up with such a soft & hopeful پيام / massage. Once again thank you.

      • Happy everyday of life to you too dear Bizou (L!) joon & thank you for such a sweet comment! xoxoxo

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