Life is not a straight line. It's a downpour of gifts, please – hold out your hand

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Thank you for being here. I'm so glad you're here.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Today's Butterflies

(A daily focus on beauty & blessings)

"If you just look at all that already exists in your life, all that you already have: unlimited air to breathe, ample lighting to see, music to hear, books to read, stars to dream by, trees to gaze at, floors to dance on, friends to cavort with, enemies to befriend, strangers to meet, woods to walk through, beaches to comb, rocks to scale, rains to cleanse you, rivers to float you, animals to comfort you, you do have to admit, there's more of it than you could ever, ever, ever spend. But try anyway."    Mike Dooley


Today is the 72nd day I've been writing these gratitude lists, and, I have to say, it's been life-changing.  I have found that it's difficult to stay stuck in negative emotions when I'm continually looking around me for things/people to appreciate.  When I'm feeling sad/angry/frustrated (or super hormonal), saying thank you just shifts it all and helps me to see the good and the gifts that are right in front of me--such a beautiful thing it is to say thank you.

Day 72

1)  sushi rolls that roll just right
2)  the adorable little tea party that my girls orchestrated for me under the big oak tree.  Such sweetness
3)  hormones running amok today--knowing not to take anything too seriously and to be super gentle with myself
4)  a lovely walk with my old doggie
5)  intense laughter at my girls attempting to sing a song in French--pretty hilarious
6)  having the ability to be the observer of my wild emotions today without getting too entirely attached
7)  being able to find the humor even when I feel like kicking something (or someone)
8)  eating the sushi rolls that rolled just right
9)  the smell of freshly cut grass
10) blooming rhododendrons
11) this space.  I love coming here knowing all of you beauties are on the receiving end

4 comments :

  1. Hi Julia I love how you are grateful for being able to sit with unpleasant feelings, and observe them, not becoming attached to them, but seeing them as things that will pass - not things that define you. it is truly amazing that when we shift our awareness that life somehow gets better, we become less afraid and more alive in the present moment -

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  2. And I'm so glad you created "this space"!

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  3. Love your list. Love your peaceful spirit. Love you! Happy Monday, sweet Julia.

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  4. Such beauty, Julia. Lovely to read and inspiring for me to find the gratitude when my daughters have been taking turns staying home from school throwing up! I'm smiling though, and this made my smile bigger.XO

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♥ Julia