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Sunset, WA. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

Sunset near Tacoma, WA. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

Someone from Papua, New Guinea found this blog and it made my day.

We WordPress bloggers can track our daily readers by country of origin, and this, more than any numerical count, is what I follow.

I’m especially pleased to find readers from other time zones and other continents, because it makes me feel more like a global citizen.  Connecting online has its own satisfaction.

After the United States and Canada, most of those following this blog are from India.  This touches my heart:  India is my other “home”, the place I lived only for a short while, yet had grand dreams of working and traveling there for years.

Ah, the detours life throws at us …

Sunset, Tacoma, WA. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

Sunset at our home. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

I began this blog as a way of encouraging others — and myself.

Writing about gratitude has kept me centered on what really matters in my life.

It has helped me distill the commotion of urban life into a few daily, written thoughts that stay in an online record, hopefully for others — perhaps someone from Papua, New Guinea? — to find.

I hope my words are encouraging, wherever you are when you read this.  I hope you receive my message, from afar, of hope and joy.  I hope you too, find peace of mind amid the trials of life.

Gratitude at the end of the day. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

With gratitude from me. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

I just want to share my gratitude, so send you these photos taken last night by my lover.

A sky like that fills your soul with gratitude, and it lingers … so I send my gratitude to you, on the other side of our shared planet.