practising gratitude and I was doing relatively well until life quietly did its thing and took over. Which isn't to say I have not been living in a state of ingratitude since Jan. 2010, when the 'alphabet of gratitude' stopped at the letter 'S' and sort of sat in a layby until now [she said, defensively]. But I do like to tie up loose ends, to see thing come to some kind of conclusion wherever possible - although getting better at learning some things can't and won't get 'sorted' this side of heaven. Anyhoo this one's kinda easy to sort out in a one-er!
'T' is for ...
Theology: to quote Karl Barth 'in the Church of Jesus Christ there can and should be no non-theologians.'
Tigger: "Bouncy trouncy flouncy pouncy fun fun fun fun fun. The most wonderful thing about tiggers is I'm the only one!"
Tintern Abbey: chiefly for the grin it causes as I run an old Woganesque conversation in my head 'Tintern Abbey'/ 'tis an abbey'/ 'aye, Tintern Abbey...' etc. :)
'U' is for...
Umbrella: and thinking of that great quote which runs along the lines: 'the rain falls upon the just and also on the unjust fellas, but mostly it falls upon the just 'cause the unjust have the just's umbrellas'
Umbrella tree: lovely memories from childhood of these - especially watching the water dripping from them after tropical rainstorms.
Unconventionality: because normal is sooo over-rated; and because I believe in a God who is utterly unconventional and in his son, who defied convention. I love what Frederick Buechner says on this: 'If the world is sane, then Jesus is mad as a hatter and the Last Supper is the Mad Tea Party. The world says, Mind your own business, and Jesus says, There is no such thing as your own business. The world says, Follow the wisest course and be a success, and Jesus says, Follow me and be crucified. The world says, Drive carefully — the life you save may be your own — and Jesus says, Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. The world says, Law and order, and Jesus says, Love. The world says, Get and Jesus says, Give. In terms of the world's sanity, Jesus is crazy as a coot, and anybody who thinks he can follow him without being a little crazy too is laboring less under a cross than under a delusion.'
[From: Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner]
Upbeat: well, joy is the simplest form of gratitude [Barth again!]
'V' is for ...
Voyages: of discovery, both inner and outer
Voice: for chatting, singing, for preaching and prayer
Violin: especially when playing Vivaldi!!
'W' is for...
Wilderness: and wildness and living, breathing, growing woods for wandering and wondering.
Worship: and those moments looked-for and unlooked-for when God comes close and takes your breath away
Wonder: and awe and surprise.
'X' is for...
xtraspecially interesting letter - without which other words could not be, but by itself struggles a little [yes, well, c'mon, it's a bit of a tricky one!]
'Y' is for...
Yachts and yachting, the salt tang in the air, the fresh breeze, the slap of water hitting your face occasionally, the flap of the unfurled sails
Yaks: just because they are cool
Yellow: sunshine colour that cheers the soul - from daffodils to my happy yellow flat
'Z' is for...
Zebras: predestined to ever follow the fortunes of Newcastle United
Zest: for life and zest that enlivens cooking - both tangy and making life that little bit tastier.
Zinnias: gorgeous, glorious riotous colour.
And that about wraps up the alphabet of gratitude this time around... hurrah. Task complete :)
Off to muse on farms and fishing for a couple of days....