Magnolias West Gratitude Challenge 2012—Week one!

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein

I am so inspired by receiving the emails full of gratitude the last few weeks. It’s so moving to share gratitude with others. I read a lot about gratitude, the expressing and writing and sharing of what makes people happy and glad. As Nicola Alesandrini writes in her blog,

There are so many ways to express gratitude.

Perhaps the most fundamental way is to grab a pen and make the grateful real by writing it down. Mail it to a friend, put it in a journal, or tie it onto a batch of homemade cookies for a neighbor. Or, gratitude can be read through poetry and simply noted mentally and internally.

However it happens, a pause and intentional moment of appreciation for the little moments and the huge universe that envelops us bring a moment of peace and purity to the every day.

Here are some of the gratitudes that sailed into my inbox this week that brought a big smile to my heart (or as Barbara C. calls them, notes from the land of Gratitudia!):

Barbara C. says she is grateful because “…I have a sense of humor”, that her husband “makes me laugh”, that her daughter, “…just came in, gave me a big hug and told me she would miss me.”

Kim P. is grateful that she “…finally bought the book The Artists Way“. She also says (many times), that “I love my little family life.”

Belinda R. reports that “I am grateful for a taste of  liking myself.”

Here are my gratitudes for today:

  • I am grateful for a beautiful full moon ritual last night
  • veggieI am grateful for robust health and ease in my body
  • I am grateful to hear from a body work practitioner that I have a good, well cared-for body
  • I am grateful for time with my sister at the gym, chatting and taking exquisite care of ourselves in the Pilates studio
  • I am grateful for mastering new technologies
  • I am grateful for every expression of gratitude that I express; I am not by nature a grateful woman, and this habit is grooving lovely new neural pathways in my psyche
  • I am grateful for the balmy weather, lots of sunshine
  • I am grateful for friends who have my back
  • I am grateful for my beautiful daughter
  • I am grateful for long hot baths on a Sunday morning
  • I am grateful for time with friends
  • I am grateful for writing and sharing my passion and commitment with others

And now I get to visit with friends in a post-holiday gathering. Time to finish the dish of roasted cauliflower, gold beets and sweet potatoes with a little curried coconut oil and ghee. YUM!

Onward to share conversation, food and laughter with friends.

May this day bring joy and ease to all…

Blessed be!


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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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