The Archeology of Gratitude

Old dry bones, sand, desert landscape…all  things I think of when I think of archaeological digs. Ancient ruins, dusty relics and weird names, too. Sometimes when I am weary, digging up gratitude takes as much effort as digging up dinosaur bones in the middle of the desert. That’s when I know I have gone too far and too long without stopping at an oasis.


Sometimes it is the invite of a friend to meet for coffee (and pastry),

sometimes it is found in the pages of a really good book,

sometimes in the laughter of a comedy, or

TV or a long soak in the tub.

Sometimes in prayer or devotional reading,

listening to my favorite music,

taking a nap on the couch,

or calling a friend just to chat.

Soaking my feet,

baking my favorite cookies,

lighting aromatic candles,

writing in my journal,

or looking at old photos.

These are all things that can restore my soul to a place where I can find the treasures for which I am grateful. Weariness, busyness, and stress are bad for the bones…

Old Bones

A merry heart does good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones. 

A sound heart [is] the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

Wise sayings from an ancient wise man, King Solomon, born in 848 BC and died in 796 BC–talk about old bones. Our attitudes and the things we dwell on affect our health, even the most skeptical can’t argue with what science is now backing up. The power of rest, faith and positive thinking pack a punch in the arena of physical health.

King Solomon would agree…

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart: [and] a good report makes the bones fat.

Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Gratitude is the head marshal in our parade of powerful and purposeful positivity. And making sure that  we have enough energy to be grateful is our goal this week.

Take a list at the above ideas for an oasis and pick a few. Rest, laugh, re-charge and then put on your goofy hat and head out to the dig. In a world that is tired,weary and negative, we need your archaeological skills:

To unearth the treasures of everyday living,

To find gems to be grateful for,

To have joy at each discovery,

To feed your hope with gratitude,

and to continue on your journey towards a more hope-full life.


Heidi Mull–archaeologist en gratus,

stopping at an oasis, feeding my bones.







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