anyway and everything….


It’s groaning with gratitude,  my anyway jar,
filling up with goodness glinting like unpolished gold
in these hardscrabble times
and my heart grins brighter with each plunk of plenty
and I remember laughing how I thought I’d fill one quicker
with “stuff that sucks”

and I think that maybe,  in time,  I’d have had to dump
the “holy crap,  this bites” pile into the
“thanks for this brilliance” jar and see it all true
and call it all good,  the whole lump of it,


because it’s all being worked together that way,
crafted into something I wouldn’t have wanted to miss
or control
or sleep through dull

and now  I’m thinking thanks for it all,
the bits that are beautiful and blistering and balmy and broken;
I’ll take it all grateful
because loving genius is weaving the parts
into story large and strong
and I can trust this resourceful heart
with my everything.

Just doing a little heartcheck as the year unfolds
and the one little word I chose
still challenging me.
Do you have a word that’s speaking to you?

If you are kind,  people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.
If you are successful,  you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Be successful anyway.
What you spend years creating,  others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness,  some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.
In the final analysis,  it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them,

– attributed to Mother Teresa


  1. Elephant's Child on August 16, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    In my cluttered head, mind, heart no single word has claimed me. Gratitude, trust and persistence are repeated often though.
    Another gorgeous post to make my heart sing. Thank you.

    • Jennifer Richardson on August 19, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      those are good repeats:)
      we don’t have to get married to a word, do we.
      just see where the wild winds take us:)

  2. Judy Hartman on August 16, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    So many things to love about this post, Jennifer. That last quote is so encouraging – something to remember when life stings a bit. And your photography is just beautiful, especially that red flower glowing against a backdrop of buildings. And, as always, your inspiring words, and the concept of ‘loving genius’ that is making sense of the difficult elements of life and ‘weaving’ them together with the good to create a life tapestry. Do I have that right? My word lately? Tolerance.

    • Jennifer Richardson on August 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks Judy:)
      So glad you came by….you listen so well
      with your heart:)
      That’s a word I haven’t heard anyone else use
      . Peace to you in the walking it out,

  3. Connie Smiley on August 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Your anyway jar is a great idea, and I love the quote that inspired it!
    There’s a phrase that’s speaking to me lately, something Jesus said of a woman– “she did what she could”. I find that incredibly encouraging.

    • Jennifer Richardson on August 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      she did what she could.
      I like that, too.
      so glad you came by
      with your sunflower way:)

  4. S. Etole on August 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Your jar of abundance in different forms. Your words always sing.

    • Jennifer Richardson on August 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      abundance takes on so many voices, doesn’t it.
      I think it takes all of them to fill out a choir:)

  5. Lady Fi on August 17, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Gratitude makes everything better! We have a gratitude jar too… And I adore your sunlit flower shots.

    • Jennifer Richardson on August 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      I so appreciate your visits and encouragement, friend:)

  6. Kathryn on August 17, 2014 at 8:48 am

    So so beautiful and filled with gratitude. I love your jar! You are a blessing in this world, Jennifer. Love, kath

  7. Louise Gallagher on August 17, 2014 at 9:10 am

    At Onement chose me
    late in the year
    as snow covered the ground
    and my heart yearned for spring

    Be at peace with everything
    my heart spoke

    And I am learning
    to accept
    to know
    to be within and of
    everything and anything

    Thank you Jennifer for your inspiration.

    Your heart is never dull
    always full
    and beautiful and loving.

    Blessings to you my friend.

  8. Julia Bourque on August 17, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Dear Jennifer, truly a wise post today. How brilliant to fill your jar with gratitude from your heart, and trusting the heart of Love with everything. The spiritual laws are at work in the garden of your heart and you ‘re having a beautiful harvest.

    Thanks for always reminding us to be grateful.

    Have a bountiful week.

    • Jennifer Richardson on August 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      trusting the heart of love with everything…gosh I love those strong words.
      like good strong tea:)
      THANK you,

  9. susan troccolo on August 17, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Jennifer, I love the “it was never between you and them anyway.” That is brilliant. It reminds me of a quote: What others think of me is none of my business. Isn’t it an immense freedom just to put out love into the world and simply not worry one bit about how or where it will be received?

    • Jennifer Richardson on August 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      sort of sets my heart free, too, Susan;
      thanks for your balmy words,

  10. susan troccolo on August 17, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Susie recently published “Summer Pleasures” at (Not sure why it didn’t add it, so I hope you won’t mind my adding it myself….. S.

  11. Donna on August 17, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I love your anyway….I have been thinking much the same way as I work through my word ‘thrive’…challenge, change I embrace it all.

    • Jennifer Richardson on August 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      thrive is a strong, challenging word.
      big thriving grace to you,

  12. Relyn on August 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Gratitude makes everything beautiful, doesn’t it? And, you, my friend, are so very good at seeing the beauty.

    • Jennifer Richardson on August 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      thanks Relyn….that’s what I love about you, too:)

  13. gotham girl on August 17, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Oh I have one of those!!! Love – great post!

    • Jennifer Richardson on August 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      thanks for coming by, my traveling, wide-seeing friend:)

  14. CherryPie on August 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Those sunny flowers are working their wonderful magic on me 😉

    Thank you 🙂

    • Jennifer Richardson on August 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      flowers and magic….they always do that, don’t they.

  15. kamana on August 18, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    your words always uplift me

  16. Joan Creasy on August 19, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Love this, Jen! It REALLY is just between God and me, isn’t it! Anyway!!
    Love you and the gifts that you share!!

    • Jennifer Richardson on August 19, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Gosh thanks, Mom:) It really is and how grand is that:)
      I love you,

  17. Kathryn on August 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    In Metaphysics this is the year of Gratitude, so I just always go with their word…and I work at it each and every day, opening my heart to it…some days it works better than others!!! As they say, gratitude is a generating energy, the more you feel it the more that comes into your life! I have found that to be very true!

    Anyway…love that quote and last sentence…between God and me…wow…very powerful!!

    • Jennifer Richardson on August 23, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      so glad when you share snippets of your journey, Kathryn;
      thank you:)

  18. kelly on August 20, 2014 at 8:36 am

    You are a caretaker of wonder. (And that’s from a book my son had as a child.) And I’m so very glad that you are.

    I always love your flower photos, you somehow capture their beauty perfectly.

    • Jennifer Richardson on August 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      these are words to treasure, Kelly…..holding them
      close to hear
      with glad thanks:)

  19. Kimber Britner on August 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Oh yes to the balmy goodness, glorious beauty within! Love it!

  20. jeanie on September 9, 2014 at 8:05 am

    I love your gratitude jar, but it doesn’t surprise me at all that it is getting so full! no one I know seems to live gratitude more gracefully and thoroughly every single day, sharing its light with the world.

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