I’m taking on a new challenge, inspired by this article on a blog about productive living.
In the article they offer 30 tools to creating a more positive life, and suggest taking on up to five of these tools in a month. I’m starting with this one: writing a paragraph about the most significant thing that happened to me every day, and pairing it with a photo. No photo yesterday, will add that piece today. So, to begin: I went to Fernwood cemetery yesterday with my sister and her husband, to look at green burial options. As we were exploring the green section, we saw three men bring a shrouded body — just a muslin shroud, no box, no basket — up the hill and lay it on the ground beside a hand-dug grave. On the path stood a solitary mourner with her head bowed. We walked past, the person in front leaving a respectful distance between us and the mourning woman. I stepped to her and told her I was sorry for her loss. She turned to me and thanked me and tearfully told me that the woman who was being buried was her best friend. I walked away in the sunshine, adding my own tears to hers. I am still moved by this. And blessed by it as well.
- I am grateful for the beauty of the Marin hills.
- I am grateful for the time spent with my sister and brother-in-law.
- I am grateful for the humor that adds spaciousness and ease to difficult questions and conversations.
- I am grateful for frugality and simplicty.
- I am grateful for the means to meet my needs.
- I am grateful for knowing that when my life ends I will be returned to the earth.
- I am grateful for being in the question (Cremation? Burial?) even though it’s a hard question.
- I am grateful for my interactions with my daughter.
- I am grateful for time spent at the Burrow with my family of choice.
- I am grateful for a good network of healing professionals.
- I am grateful for my teeth. Seriously.
- I am grateful for love and gratitude.
- I am grateful for the Magnolias West Gratitude Challenge. I get to read so much gratitude every day!