I can't remember when I stopped with a daily gratitude practice. Even without the dailiness, I will forever be thankful for the power of active gratitude in one's life. As I reach mid-way through my year (my birthday is in January so the six month mark is eight days away) I am thinking how to end the year with action and strength.
I am consciously creating shifts - if you read my other post today, Misadventures in Anxiety, you will see what I mean.
My friend Jen Alex Allen creates a weekly Tuesday Thanksgiving so I thought I would borrow her day to create my own list and allow myself that soft, quilt feeling of gratitude to wash over me as I continue with my day.
1. I am so grateful I get to witness sunsets like this one I saw from my dear friend Gai's backyard this weekend. How glorious is this view? My spirit calms at the sight of it and even now, looking at the photo, I feel peace again.
I am so grateful it is back-to-school sale season! I have purchased several new notebooks and sundries so far. I even allowed myself a prettier-not-just-practical morning pages notebook. Usually I use the cheapest most blah notebooks and composition books for my morning pages but this time, since it was on sale, I was willing to spend just a little bit more. My Mommy raised a frugal daughter.
I am so incredibly grateful for sacred spaces so close to wherever I find myself. This labyrinth is in Baywood Park, a section of Los Osos on the central coast. There is a less fancy labyrinth here in Bakersfield I use for prayer walking. Such powerful moments of grace are found in the labyrinth. I'm so glad I have been willing and open to trying them out in all the places I visit.
(And I am grateful for the online labyrinth locator!)
I love road trips in an over the top sort of way. I am so grateful I can pick up and go as regularly as I do. I suppose they might get tiresome if it was an allt he time thing, but for now... I am simply grateful for all the options open to me and I may freely travel to most places.
I am sooooo grateful!
I am sooooo grateful the rain this weekend made me s-l-o-w d-o-w-n happily and on purpose. Originally I was supposed to drive to the Pacific Northwest this week, but partially due to my extreme anxiety lately I couldn't bring myself to get up and go. Instead, I took it easy and gratefully received some extra special care from my friend Gai. You'll see a photo of her coming up below here. It was some unbelievably potent medicine: women helping each other when one is feeling unwell. Because I was calm and going slowly, everything felt better and I was able to stop along the way and get photos like this one. I am soooooo grateful.
I am sooooo grateful for my creative fascinations and projects, like the shopping cart photo series I've been creating for the past two plus years. One day I will do something more with them. For now, just fascinated by the metaphor. I am soooo grateful!
I am sooooo grateful for rainy day silly time with my friend Gai here in this crazy cut out. She is the mermaid. I am the pirate. We had been taking selfies but another daring in the rain tourist (or perhaps local!) came along and snapped a few for us. What a treasure of a friend and a forever memory filled with, "Remember the day when?"
I am soooo grateful!
What are you grateful for today?
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