We seldom see a cloudy sky here, but we do have an overcast one in the morning. It has kept us cool all summer except for a few hot days but August has been delightful. I am feeling such gratitude for this wonderful place and people. I think I am receiving the hundredfold now.
I read today that gratitude and thanksgiving help to make all the other practices more beautiful. When gratitude shapes our lives, "fidelity is more likely to be joy-filled, truth is life -giving, and hospitality is offered with generosity and joy. Similarly, gratitude flourishes when the other practices are vibrant." (This is taken from the section on Embracing Gratitude as a Way of Life in "Living into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us" p. 57)