August 1, 2014
Today I am grateful for the four flickers I spotted this morning – three visiting the Liza Jolie Garden at one time! They are such exquisite birds. It has been an extraordinary day already.
August 2, 2014
Today I am grateful for a cup of hot chai tea first thing in the morning – just hit the spot. Thank you to all of the people in the world who made that possible.
August 3, 2014
Today I am grateful for a hummingbird’s visit to the Liza Jolie Garden. What remarkable creatures hummingbirds are.
August 4, 2014
Today I am grateful for all of the education – formal and informal – I’ve had in my life. Heartfelt thanks to my generous parents who made so many of my learning opportunities possible and to all of the wonderful teachers who have enriched my mind over the years.
August 5, 2014
Today I am grateful for squeaky tennis balls that give my dogs so much joy.
August 6, 2014
Today I am grateful for the quiet in early morning hours – my favorite time of day.
August 7, 2014
Today I am grateful for the vase of orange gold roses with burgundy tips embellishing my living room. The roses opened this morning. JOY!
August 8, 2014
Today I am grateful for the people who design reading glasses in so many shapes and colors. They make wearing reading glasses fun.
August 9, 2014
Today I am grateful for the children’s picture book writing workshop I took this morning. It reminded me of how grateful I am for the books I read and listened to as a child. They ignited my passion for reading and fueled my love of learning.
August 10, 2012
Today I am grateful for MeetUp. What a wonderful avenue it provides for meeting new people and making friends.
August 11, 2014
Today I am grateful for a lovely time at the theater. Thank you to the brilliant writers, actors, musicians, sound technicians, set and costume designers, ticket office personnel … who made my evening so enjoyable.
August 12, 2014
Today I am grateful for Robin Williams, for the gifts and genius he brought to the world. Rest in peace dear Robin. You will be dearly missed.
August 13, 2014
Today I am grateful for new friends.
August 14, 2014
Today I am grateful for mid-morning moons – they always create a sense of wonder in me.
August 15, 2014
Today I am grateful for the kindness of strangers. Yesterday I got a big dose of that.
August 16, 2014
Today I am grateful for good news. I have lost two dogs to cancer in the past two years. Understandingly, I was very nervous when I took Zydeco to the specialist yesterday for a follow-up ultrasound. The vet determined that the nodule on Zydie’s spleen actually measures smaller than it did four weeks ago. Because it isn’t growing for now, the vet is fairly certain that the nodule is benign. When I heard these results, I cried a bucket of tears – tears of joy.
August 17, 2014
Today I am grateful for the lovely garden party I attended last night – beautiful weather, gorgeous garden, delicious food, and excellent conversation. All in all, a perfect evening.
August 18, 2014
Today I am grateful for sunlight; it’s truly remarkable when you think about it.
August 19, 2014
Today I am grateful for the hint of Autumn’s coming in the morning air. Summer is wonderful; Fall is my favorite time of year.
August 20, 2014
Today I am grateful for the evening rain cooling and cleansing the air. Going outside after the rain has ceased, I am reminded that in each breath, there is a fresh start.
August 21, 2014
Today I am grateful that no one was seriously injured in the auto accident I was in last week. As the auto body shop has determined the extent of property damage to my car – it will be in there several weeks – I have become more and more aware of how fortunate I am to be here today.
August 22, 2014
Today I am grateful for wake up calls. Being stung by a swarm of wasps, the possibility of Zydie’s having cancer, Robin Williams’ suicide, my automobile accident – all of them wake up calls in the past few weeks, wake up calls for which I am grateful. I’ve decided to create a daily practice of checking in with myself each morning, and possibly at other times throughout the day, and asking: “If I were to die tomorrow, is this how I would want to be living this moment?”…
August 23, 2014
Today I am grateful that I have the opportunity to have dinner and play miniature golf with friends tonight. I love that there are people who exercise their creative brilliance to invent delightful games like miniature golf.
August 24, 2014
Today I am grateful for a sunny day of rest and relaxation. Just what the doctor ordered.
August 25, 2014
Today I am grateful to live in the mile high city. The mountains, only a short distance away, provide inspiration and a multitude of outdoor activities. Denver has numerous parks, walking/jogging trails, and bike paths. It is home to the second largest performing arts center and some of the best sports teams in the nation. It also is a hotbed for spirituality, learning, and personal growth. So many awesome things to do in this city.
August 26, 2014
Today, and every day, I am grateful for my dogs. They bring so much love and joy into my life.
August 27, 2014
Today I am grateful for synchronicity.
August 28, 2014
Today I am grateful for morning dew on the grass – an enchanted village illuminated by twinkle lights.
August 29, 2014
Today I am grateful for the opportunity to rest on a day when rest is needed.
August 30, 2014
Today I am grateful for the sound of crickets chirping on a summer eve – there’s something very calming about that.
August 31, 2014
Today I am grateful to WordPress for providing a space where I could share my August gratitude posts. Thank you WordPress.
Happy First Birthday Rezi! Thank you for all of the joy you have brought into Zydeco’s and my life. We love you sweet girl.
This morning I sat on my cushions, heart open, ready to receive whatever came up. Today that was worry. With tears streaming down my cheeks, I found myself praying that my Golden Retriever, Zydeco, would be cancer free and that I would not have to grieve my next loss, whenever that may be, alone. Moments later, I was startled by a hummingbird buzzing over my head. I looked around and only a few feet away from me were perhaps two dozen birds – finches, doves, pigeons, sparrows, and chickadees. Clearly, I am not alone. As I was watching my visitors, a magnificent blue jay landed on an Aspen branch above – again only a few feet away. “Awake” he called out to me, “Awake.” I don’t know exactly what all his message means yet; I will reflect on it more. I glanced at the Liza Jolie Garden where a small mouse caught my eye and made me smile. Such a sweet creature and in that moment, a powerful reminder of the preciousness of life. How fortunate I am to have an opportunity to sit each day; how fortunate I am to receive these gifts.
It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. (Joseph Campbell)
There is only one true love affair; the one with yourself. All others are expressions of it. (Hemal Radia)
Because working out at a fitness center is really out of my comfort zone, I had to step into the arena and dare greatly just to go inside the building several weeks ago. Similarly, I had to step into the arena and dare greatly when I signed on for personal training.
Yesterday’s visit, however, may have been the time when I’ve had to dare greatly the most at the fitness center. I couldn’t figure out how to use one of the machines I’d been taught to use several days before. It would have been easy not to look foolish and skip that machine. Instead, I fumbled around for a bit and still couldn’t figure it out. Oy.
A part of me wanted to give up – I absolutely hate not knowing how to do things, and even worse, having others see that I don’t know. Instead, I asked a woman working out near me about the machine. She was lovely. She came over to help, but because she had never used the machine before, she didn’t know what to tell me.
Again, it would have been easy just to move on to another machine or to quit altogether. But no, I did something entirely out of my comfort zone – I found a personal trainer and confessed I didn’t know what I was doing. He was a friendly guy who was delighted to show me the ropes.
It may sound silly, but I’m proud of myself for not giving up on something so small, yet so big in a way. I’m proud of myself for swallowing my pride and for daring to ask for help. Brené Brown would call this courage – ordinary courage – which according to her isn’t so ordinary at all.
There are things I could do that would improve my life, changes I could make that would better serve my wellbeing. I’ve decided it starts with setting and declaring intention. Fourth of July Intention: I DECLARE MY INDEPENDENCE FROM THOSE THINGS THAT KEEP ME FROM THRIVING.
From what do you declare independence?