gratitude wednesday 2/15

A magnolia in bloom is for me the perfection of beauty. It just is.

I don’t know why it’s so. But it is. And on a day like yesterday, when the sun was shining and it was warm enough for the fragrance of the magnolia to be noticeable as I walked up to this tree in bloom, well that just makes me smile.

I am so grateful today.

  • I am grateful that I know what constitutes beauty for me, and for being conscious and appreciative of those things and their moments.

Here’s a short and incomplete list:

  • The things that fill my eyes and ears with beauty and my heart with joy
  • fragrant magnoliaMagnolias in bloom on a sunny day
  • iPhoneography (I took that little picture!)
  • Jennifer Hudson singing “I will always love you” in tribute to Whitney Houston
  • Whitney Houston singing the “National Anthem”. Seriously, no one should ever sing this again at a sporting event. Please just play this!
  • Songs — just a few of the many that make me sing and dance around — guaranteed remedies for feeling icky, like:
    “When I paint my masterpiece and Ophelia” by the Band
    This version of “When you awake” by Rick Danko
    “Rosalita” and “Cadillac Ranch” and a whole lot more by Bruce
    “It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry” and “Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues” by Bob Dylan
  • Food fresh from my garden (planting time soon!)
  • Succulents in bloom (so weird, so lovely)
  • Good TV, for example:
    The Wire
    Downton Abbey

    Sherlock (the new BBC version)
  • Friends, my loving valentines
  • My daughter
  • My homemade kombucha
  • SmartWool socks

I could go on and on; how lovely is that that I have so many things that bring joy to my heart!

  • I am grateful for an old friend asking me to share my gratitude practice with him; he’s going to put it in a book!
  • And I’m grateful for the feedback from him after our call. He said, “I think you don’t get how wonderful you are. You are! You are a jewel.” What a lovely thing to hear.
  • I’m grateful for being a daily walker now. I love my walks!
  • I’m grateful for late-night love texts from a friend.
  • I’m grateful for a card in the postal mail that arrived on and celebrated Valentine’s Day.
  • I’m grateful for knitting a beautiful piece that I’m going to give to a cherished friend later today.
  • I’m grateful that my body is healing.
  • I’m grateful for the coaching I get, that I have gifted myself with support around making my business be as heart-centered and as aligned with who I really am and what I really have to give as possible.
  • I’m grateful for the weakening of the “But I’m not a writer!” barrier between me and my writing. Seems like I am quite a writer!
  • I’m grateful for the lesson I learned years ago when I studied The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron: I take care of the quantity and Spirit takes care of the quality.
  • I am grateful. I am joyful. I am blessed.

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I’m a barely tamed hippie, sage, seasoned, sarcastic (not all the time any more, but still). I’m a mom, a daughter, sister, a neighbor, and a friend. I’ve been on this meandering journey — like you, probably — seeking a better connection to and experience of peace, harmony, and fun in every bit of life. I’m single, quite good at it, and mostly love it. I’m here for the conversations I get to have with you, which these days center on exploring the mystery and beauty of life, work, health, aging, and creative expression. Want to know a little more about me and my journey? Explore the site. Read the blog. Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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