Gratitude is the sign of noble souls ~ Aesop

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving ~ Kahlil Gabran

Joy delights in joy ~ William Shakespeare

Friday, April 23, 2010

Positive Thinking

While we were at lunch today, Ryan and I saw a woman standing in the median of the street outside the restaurant, selling drawings she had made. She probably wasn't as old as she looked, but the sun had weathered her face and life had bent her back, and her hair was a wild mane of frizzy grey striped with some sort of do it yourself coloring. I don't think she was so much homeless as she was a vagabond, a wanderer -- and instead of begging for money, she colored pictures for it. Ryan ran out and bought one that I thought was particularly profound. It's a picture of the beach, drawn in colored marker and crayon with palm trees and a bright sun and purple and blue and red clouds and a rainbow thrown in for good measure. But the best part was what it says, up top the picture is titled "Positive Thinking" and below that reads: Your mind can only hold one thought at a time. Make it a positive one.
I'm thankful for that reminder, for the beauty of its simplicity, and for the woman who lovingly drew it.


  1. here's to crazy vagabonds -- the truly sane among us!

  2. Plato's crazy haired lunatic is truly the visionary! We are all just staring at the shadows on the cave wall. What a beautiful gesture you made to her and she made to you.

  3. Very cool story! Reminds me of Blake Shelton's song, "Some Beach"!


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