Part of my 2019 intention of purpose, was not only to do things that served or had purpose but, to find a way to be grateful of the things, events, and people that cross my path — that give me purpose.
Since the new year started I’ve been following the exercises I got from a masters class from Calm on gratitude. Every morning following my spiritual reading and meditation I journal on something I’m grateful for. Subjects have ranged from long runs, certain members of my family and today’s entry “Inclement weather”. Those who know me personally (have either fallen off their chair or at least have reread the previous line). I repeat this morning I wrote a paragraph on my gratitude for inclement weather. This self-proclaimed winter weeny who has bitched and whined at the mention of cold and or snow is grateful or should I say found something to be grateful for regarding horrible weather.
You see finding something to be grateful for no matter what the situation helps me be happier, less stressed over that which is not under my control. For example, instead of sulking over the weather I focused on using the indoor time to get paper work done, a longer meditation session, warm cozy socks, home-made soup — The weather also allowed for a quick trip to the gym for some dread-mill running. Which is slightly better than no running at all.
There was a time not so long ago in which I could never imagine myself running outdoors in winter let alone go to the gym in a deluge to run on a treadmill. Yet this is what I did without complaint — I was grateful for the opportunity. I no longer hibernate in winter, I live each day under my terms, I am grateful for all I have and for all who share my path…
The change was easy, to quote Dr. Wayne Dyer “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Part of my after-holiday traditions is to reread my Christmas cards. I love getting and giving cards all year round but Christmas greetings are special. I’m not sure if it’s the significance of the holiday – The fact that this might be the only time you hear from certain family members or friends – It’s probably a combination of both.
I enjoy looking at them again to remind me of the many people who took the time to share a part of themselves with me during the holiday. It is also a time to reflect on the past year and to look ahead to the new year at hand. Knowing there’s always the possibility that one of these cards might be the last one I’ll ever receive from someone. Which is why I save a select few each year, just in case, but to also find among my books in the coming years so I can revisit the past, to remind me to live in the present and look forward to the future…
Greetings dear friends and family! Thanks to all who shared a kind word this past season, Blessings for good health, happiness and fortune in 2014…
Sometimes I feel like Rip Van-Winkle and I just woke up and realized how much time has passed! I’ve had two such realizations in the past two days; The first was during a kickboxing workout with my staff – I realized my age 56 was the sum of their ages 33 and 23! That was daunting just for a moment because I was rocking the 23 year old holding pads with a left hook… The second and more significant came today when I celebrated a birthday lunch with my karate daughter Jess who first came into my life at age 8. Jess has been a student and now the parent of two students at my school for twenty-one years! Through that time she has grown from a shy unsure student of the martial arts, to a black belt, a valued staff member, a college graduate, mother, and wife. I’ve been blessed to have been a small part of this young woman’s incredible journey. It amazes me how quickly time has passed and the twists and turns that have occurred on this path called life, more importantly I’m glad I woke up to the realization to the special people who are sharing my path…
A few blogs back I wrote that was going to keep a gratitude journal. Here are a few surprising entries; Dirt (I’m somewhat phobic) but after my “gardening” experience yesterday I’ve become more grateful for the earth’s dirt. Traffic (tung in cheek) it’s teaching me patience and ultimately I’m not in charge of my arrival. There are of course the obvious like family, life, health ect… I wanted to share the less obvious.
I’m looking forward to finding many more – Till then why don’t you start looking?
I’ve been reviewing all the incredible blessings in my life and decided to keep a gratitude journal. My goal is to write a minimum of five gratitude entries. The journal will also act as a positive diary of my life.
I’m looking forward to recognizing the Good things in the day!
How did a simple celebration of Thanks turn into a holiday of Angst? Because somewhere along the line we lost the meaning. Instead of joining together to celebrate gratitude for what we have. We’ve created ANGST by taking a simple meal and turning it into an event! Spending too much money (we don’t have) for too much food (we’ll waste). All the while feeling resentful for the people we’ve assembled with. This could be for any number of reasons usually because your expectations or beliefs of the day aren’t congruent. Then you may have an over controlling stressed out relative who takes the consistency of the mashed potatoes too seriously!
What ever the reason we’ve replaced gratitude and joy with heartburn and migraines! My advice KISS KEEP IT SIMPLE SILLY! Make the bird the star, one dressing, three vegetables one starch and rolls. Pie for desert and play a board game tell each person why you’re grateful for their presence, and Thank God you live in a country that has abundance and ask God how you can share it…
As we speed ahead toward the holiday season. Let’s stop for a moment and take time to be thankful. I believe there’s a holiday that celebrates being grateful, but we don’t even take the time to acknowledge Thanksgiving anymore. It’s just not profitable for business or for consumers. I mean how can you compare a turkey dinner to a tinsel laden tree with an ipad underneath?
Have we let our greed and over consumption taken over what moves us? I for one believe we should enjoy the holidays one at a time celebrate each for what they represent. First with Thanksgiving BE GRATEFUL for what has transpired this year good and bad. Both had something to offer us. Be appreciative for the things we have not resentful for what we don’t have. Feel blessed for the love of family, friends and furry friends because they are blessings.
Be here Now and recognize each moment as one of a kind, each interaction as special and each breath as a miracle – For all of this I am Truly Thankful