White-crowned Sparrow, Adult, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Being Grateful | Nov. 2019


Being grateful begins with this


White-crowned Sparrow, Adult, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog "Being Grateful"

White-crowned Sparrow, Adult


We can be grateful throughout the year.

For example, begin with:

1) Be grateful for yourself.

Know that you are enough. Know that you matter. And know that you make a difference.

This simple act of inner kindness serves as a foundation for inner peace.

It also matters because you see the world the way that you see yourself.

So by being grateful for yourself, you make it easier to accept everything that you encounter.

You will also be more able to start projects, learn skills, and take risks.

And then support this by living with compassion, kindness, and goodness. Because these actions will reinforce the gratitude you feel for yourself.

2) Be grateful for others.

Yes, we all know people who challenge us.

These are our teachers.

Through their challenges, they cause us to reflect inward, improve our emotional maturity, and practice forgiveness.

And of course, there are those who help us.

Through their support, they encourage us, inspire us, and comfort us. They provide good examples. And they create a sense of connection to the rest of humanity.


White-crowned Sparrow, Juvenile, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog "Being Grateful"

White-crowned Sparrow, Juvenile


3) Be grateful for simple things.

For example, you might be grateful that you saw a White-crowned Sparrow.

Sure, it’s a common bird. And yet, it’s a bit of life that’s fully present in the moment of now.

Thus one small bird can provide a reminder to keep going. To smile. And to take the “big things” less seriously.


Much success,

Steve Kaye

Find More at:

More Than Thanksgiving – Valuable reminder

3 Things to Do Every Day – Put this on your daily list

Gratitude – More than saying “Thank you”


Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are two organizations that excel at doing this.

Please visit their web sites to learn about how they are making a difference.

✅ The Trust for Public Land

✅ American Bird Conservancy

Here’s an outstanding book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation


You can help – Please share this blog with others.
Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.

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2 Comments
  • Teri Rider
    Posted at 10:47h, 23 November

    And I am grateful for inspired individuals such as yourself who share these great thoughts and photos, helping us to connect with the natural world—and birds!

  • Catherine Kaye
    Posted at 11:08h, 23 November

    I’m grateful for this post! It’s beautiful.

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