Gratitude challenge week 11

“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.”
— The Hausa of Nigeria

  • I’m so grateful for this rain! Finally. There are big puddles around, we are getting drenched. Yes!
  • I am grateful that my daughter is sounding so good in her new home. Although I miss her so! Nebraska? Seriously?
  • I am grateful that it matters to me to be generous. A nice change from wanting only what I could get from others, without ever thinking of what I could do to be of service.
  • I am grateful for the Awakening Joy course. Daily meditation, focusing more mindfully, all this is so useful. Every day I feel more and more that what’s possible for me and for the world is beautiful, and more than I could have ever dreamed up!
  • I am grateful for having time today during my lunch break (and some time after that, I confess) to listen to Bruce’s SXSW keynote. It was brilliant, funny, poignant and inspirational. Go ahead, get comfy, take an hour, and enjoy! He speaks to every musician—every artist, in fact—to our hearts, our fears, our passion.

  • I am grateful for the opportunity to priestess at tonight’s ritual honoring Pele. As we approach the balance point of the equinox in a few days, the tipping point of equal darkness and light, the mystery of apparent opposites, we are going to drum and dance and sink into the knowing that creation and destruction are but two sides of the same coin.
  • I’m grateful for being able to create a playlist of Hawai’ian dance music and artwork (right) for a candle for Pele’s altar. This should be fun and amazing!
  • I am grateful for the growth I see all around me. The rain is inviting the leaves on every branch of every tree, and they are accepting that invitation!
  • I am grateful for a brief but beautiful walk today (rain!) at the farmers market. Blessed be the intrepid farmers who come out in this weather!
  • I am grateful for the best bowl of pozole (Mexican chicken soup with cornmeal dumplings) I ever had today.
  • I am grateful for how mindfulness is helping me with my cuticle-picking habit. More mindfulness counters the tendency to go unconscious in habits that don’t serve me.
  • I am grateful I’ve made an appointment to get some help; the chronic diarrhea has returned and it’s exhausting!

From the gratitude challenge group (pretty quiet this week):

Barbara said, “today I am grateful to the concept of one day at a time”. Yes, me too!

Love and blessings!


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