Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gratitude with a Sore Stomach

I’m tired and my stomach hurts (apparently tomato soup with basil doesn’t agree with me).  All I want to do is curl up under the blankets with a good comic book or two and hide out from the world and from life.  But instead I will practice gratitude and see if that doesn’t change my thinking and my feelings.  So here are some things I am grateful for:
·      My Muse
·      My children
·      My job
·      My health
·      My apartment
·      My car
·      The 80 pages I was able to read today
·      The unexpected sale I made on eBay
·      The two books I got for free that I will use to research a paper I have to write
·      The rain
·      Getting home safely, not only because of the rain, but because of the two drivers who appeared to be racing each other on the wet streets
·      Getting a five-minute nap
·      The shrimp taco and chips I had for lunch
·      The audiobook of The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

I’m especially grateful for that last one because I am reminded that not only is every moment precious, and sacred, but also that every moment is all we have and that this is enough. 
I’m grateful that I don’t have to give into fear, sadness, or anger.  I’m thankful that I can control my thoughts and I can be joyful much of the time.  I’m grateful that my thoughts can bring me peace, even though this is a discipline and a practice.
I’m grateful that I have a warm place to sleep.

I’m grateful that even though I was tired and not feeling well, I was able to Get Started and Keep Going.  Now I’m going to bed.