Gratitude challenge week 44

“When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” —Lao Tzu

Short and sweet today, but oh so sweet!

I got struck sick, incredibly sick, on Friday, which happened to be my birthday. 48 hours of high fevers and the most insane joint pain I’ve ever experienced. No position was comfortable. Getting up or sitting down was excruciating. Finding a position that didn’t make my hips scream was impossible. And today my fever started to reduce (it’s normal now, down from over 102º). And then, in the next couple of hours, the ridiculous joint pain has relaxed its grip on me. Phew!

I have so much to be grateful for.

  • I am grateful for every breath.
  • I am grateful for friends shopping for me, making soup.
  • I am grateful that it wasn’t worse. That my worry about meningitis and rheumatoid arthritis seemed to be just that, worry.
  • I am grateful for every second of sleep I managed to get.
  • I am grateful for the loving concern of my doctor who’s treating my chronic digestive issues, who stayed in constant contact with me for two days.
  • I am grateful for the advice nurse at my doctor’s office, who calmed me down and gave me some commonsense advice.
  • I am grateful for my sister’s responsiveness and concern.
  • I am grateful for letting people be who they are (because they’re gonna be anyway); there were those who didn’t respond to my calls for help.
  • I am grateful for the people in this Gratitude Challenge, whose emails are full of the most beautiful expressions of thankfulness!
  • I am grateful for every moment of health, ease, flexibility and strength.
  • I am grateful for Lewis Richmond’s book Aging As a Spiritual Practice. Just what I needed to start reading this weekend. Powerful.

And now to share some of the gratitudes that have been shared with me:

Theresa is grateful for:
Calm weather living in the center of the country
A safe area to live in
The ever changing tides of life

MJ shares this:
Thank you Universe for my existence. Thank you Mom.
I am not in pain today and I am so grateful.
All is well right now. I am grateful for this one breath.

Belinda has gratitude for:
I’m grateful for the peace of mind that let me get gas and oil and be late to AJ class without getting all fussed; and also for the nice man who helped me with the oil. My hood is very heavy and I realized I had no idea where the oil was supposed to go  I had to laugh. I used to try to be competent at everything.
I am grateful that my relatives on the East Coast are all OK. They survived no  electricity and no running water, and trees falling on the roof, but they are all in good spirits and good health. Thank you.

And from Kim:
I am grateful for a day off work with my husband.
I am grateful for how far Zak has come in his recovery, for his abilities and his spirit.
I am grateful for a two hour nap under the covers.


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