Gratitude challenge week 45

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” —Jean Baptiste Massieu, pioneering deaf educator, having been born deaf

  • I am grateful for my slow but steady return from Feverland. After having been sicker than I’ve been in many years, it is a real blessing to be regaining my strength, to be out of bed, to feel the muscle aches and joint pain dissipate.
  • I am grateful for all the ways I’ve learned to take exquisite care of myself.
  • I am grateful for the neighbors who helped get me up and down the stairs when I could barely move, who took me to the hospital and stayed with me for hours, who kept an eye on me.
  • I am grateful for acceptance and the lessons I’ve been taught about lowering the bar, about conditions of enoughness. I am grateful for dancing into this day, this phase of my life, as a spiritual practice. More on that here.
  • I am grateful for my work with the energy of the Moon and the Seasons. Tuesday’s New Moon is in Scorpio. Tips on how you can use this energy for your business and your beautiful self here.
  • I am grateful for my sister and how she welcomed me in yesterday. I was suffering some serious cabin fever after being sick for over a week, so I requested, and got, family time. And dinner!
  • I am grateful for this gratitude group. I will be sad when this Gratitude challenge ends next month, but I have some extra-cool plans in the works. Watch this space! I am grateful for every moment of health, ease, flexibility and strength.
  • I am grateful for the winter garden. The beans are coming in! And we have so much kale, chard, collards and more…
  • I am grateful for Lewis Richmond’s book Aging As a Spiritual Practice. Reading this really helped me through my flu.

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

I’m grateful my east coast family was not injured during the hurricane.
I’m grateful I have enough to eat, a warm place to sleep, and a safe place to live.
Thank you for my friends and family who love me.

I am grateful that my blood work from the lab came out all good.
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.  


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