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 who spent years resisting her identity as an organizational genie. After becoming burnt out trying to change the world, she decided to focus on shining light on what’s Good in her world while helping you create joy and meaning in yours. With her fourth book to be published in early 2020, Sora is blending her love for writing with her gift of inspiring people to think outside the box. Still passionate about creating a better world, her business is a philanthropy playground where she shines light on collaborative giving programs and the everyday beacons who inspire her. When she’s not writing or creating, Sora is walking by (not on) water with her mini-schnauzer joy-mate, watching movies with her newly retired husband, sharing time with her two grown children and one amazing grandson, and skiing or hiking in the mountains of Idaho where everyday miracles can be found.


  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!!

  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.

  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!

  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.



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