Simply Grateful

It’s the little things
that melt my heart the most—

an unexpected gift, baby laughter,
a well-timed glance outside
to see the sun casting
glittering diamonds
upon my favorite tree,

the sound of your smile
as it whispers my name
across a crowded room.

I know you’ll understand then
when I try to speak the enormity
of this Great Fullness
that washes over me now

and all I find … is silence.

©2011 Sora Garrett
excerpted from Silent Grace, available on Amazon


How often, especially during the holidays, do we make time to EMPTY into the silence so we can be more FULL of the deeper essence of something as simple as gratitude? Most of us are so busy, our minds so FULL of chatter & lists & worries that we don’t make time to empty.

But this is where the true treasure is found.

I could name a thousand things to be grateful for, and still barely touch the heart of this we call gratitude. It is a blossoming, an overflow of more than simple appreciation for the gifts of life. More than this.

It’s being both empty and full at the same time, one spilling over into the other as mind and heart merge into One. The Great Fullness that washes through the heart as the mind at last lets go.

Silence is where I find this kind of gratitude, a deeper essence than a simple ‘thank you’ might reveal. As I make time to empty the busy chatter of mind, expectations fall away, and my heart fills with a different kind of appreciation.

The kind that is hard to find words for. The kind that takes my breath away. The kind of appreciation that overflows, turning every day into a feast.

Let your Gratitude be more than a simple thank you today. Let it empty your mind, fill your heart, and overflow for everyone you meet…even if you don’t have words.

#SimplyShine with Gratitude

Take a moment, right now, to breathe deeply. Find something that makes you glow with gratitude. Invite it to open a place in you where stillness resides. Sit here, within the enormity of that space for just a moment.

Now take that feeling into everything you do today.

Let your gratitude overflow.


Sora Garrett
Sora Garrett
Sora Garrett is a highly-creative humanitarian & life-simplification guide who blends her love for writing with her gift of inspiring people to think outside the box. Her fourth book, Simply Enough: Create Space for What Matters is a call to simplify our spaces so we can focus on creating a better world. This book is also a cornerstone of her mentoring circles, where she holds space for deep conversation about what matters while offering creative solutions and meaningful connection to others ready to cultivate more spacious lives of meaning and contribution. When she’s not writing or creating, you can find Sora taking long walks with her mini-schnauzer, working in her garden, sharing time with her life-partner of 44 years, their two grown children and one amazing grandson, or skiing/hiking in the mountains of Idaho where everyday miracles can be found.

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  1. Beautiful, Sora! I enjoyed both the poem and article. That invitation resonates as I’ve discovered my silence in my mind, a gratitude for this quiet place where I then can hear my heart, notice what I hadn’t fully observed, expand this awakened consciousness. Living in gratitude continues to be my practice, my joy. Thank you for the delicious reminder. Welcome to BizCatalyst360!!

    • Thank you Laura … my pleasure, and also my JOY and my practice. It’s great to be here among other like-minded/hearted people. Grateful for the welcoming connection!

  2. Welcome to the Biz Catalyst family, Sora. Your article is lovely, and I enjoyed the poem that you shared in the opening. There is so much to be grateful for when we open our minds, our hearts, and our eyes. It is easy to overlook this in the busyness of life, but when we stop and take that moment to enjoy the moment, gratitude awakens. Thank you for the reminder this morning, especially during the holidays.

    • Thank you for welcoming me, Laura. Your words bring a big smile to my heart today. Gratitude awakening, one share at a time.

  3. A warm welcome, Sora! You words of gratitude as a feeling to overflow for everyone you encounter said so much for me. Truly, a piece to celebrate life and find the goodness in, as you said; even the smallest of things. Words for contemplations you have put forth. 🙏

    • Maureen, I feel your warm welcome. Thank you. So appreciate knowing my words touched something in you. I look forward to getting to know you & others in this community soon. It’s like a flood of gratitude for my connective soul. <3

  4. Love your words Sora. It is so easy to take things for granted; often, like the old song says “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”…….good to experience an attitude of gratefulness at what we have without having to go without before we do! I call it blessed, knowing that the One Who is the Giver of all good things is God. Thank you for sharing!

    • yes, Mike! appreciating what we have, knowing that God’s Giving is endless … we are blessed and become a blessing for others. thank you for the appreciation and the welcome.

    • You are welcome, Sora. Please accept my apology for the brevity of my comment. My computer is down and as such I can only type on my phone keyboard where the letters are small and very close together. Making matters worse is that I c as n only ude one finger which gets painful after awhile.

  5. Sora – Wonderful article – I especially like the opening poem. Welcome to the BC360 family. Here you will find encouragement for your writing passion and an audience that will engage you with thoughtful, respectful engagement. Most importantly, here you will meet some amazing people who will become true friends. Glad to have you join us.