Not long after I wrote my first post about gratitude, I downloaded the Gratitude Journal app on my iPhone. It is set to open every morning at 6:30 so I can scribble down a few things that put a smile on my face. This year, I am grateful, as always for my family. My crazy mama, Marvs, and my brilliant doctor sister. My absentminded Aries dad, my power-hungry political machine aunt, and both my uncles. My also brilliant doctor cousin and her brand new baby who I can’t wait to meet. I don’t have a huge family, but I love them and they are mine.
I’m also grateful for soca, which gets me through my days and reminds me to dance and smile my way through life. (Check out my latest favorite by Terri Lyons here).
I’m grateful for yoga, because through the practice of yoga I have learned to love myself in ways I didn’t know were possible.
I’m grateful for hot bowls of soup on cold, rainy days.
I’m grateful for the sun when it appears, sliding through my blinds in the morning.
I’m grateful for kale in all its delicious forms– sauteed with garlic, in crunchy salads with grapefruit and pecans, in sturdy stews of butternut squash and chickpeas, in omelets with feta and mushrooms. Yum! I love kale.
I’m grateful for my old car, still chugging along faithfully, getting me where I need to go, after 98,000 miles.
I’m also grateful for Hermes Kelly Caleche just because I smell so sweet right now.
Happy Thanksgiving, all!
Was it serendipity that caused me to post the picture of flowers above, just for the sake of their beauty? Then to find this lovely TED Talk, Louie Schwartzberg on Nature, Beauty, and Gratitude? I don’t know, but I’m grateful either way. Enjoy!