Last night I reached down to pick up a log for the woodstove.
The log slipped down to the floor–unto my sock-covered big toe. OWWWWW!
You know how you’re tempted to curse the log and life and, owwww, does that toe hurt!
But yesterday was one of those kind of days. I was so happy and filled with joy and gratitude (see yesterday’s post about the 30-day gratitude challenge.)
My second thought–after acknowledging the pain of the log on the big toe–was “I am grateful that log didn’t hit the whole foot!”
And then I started laughing.
Guess what, dear reader? I think the laughter or gratitude may have changed the entire outcome of the scenario. Because–ten minutes later–the pain was completely gone. It never re-surfaced. This morning the toe looks like a normal pink toe. It doesn’t even remember the crazy log which tumbled off the pile.
Stranger things have happened with an attitude of gratitude!
Day 2. I am grateful for the power of gratitude.
I am grateful that 28 people shared yesterday’s blogging link on Facebook. That 15 of my friends decided to take the 30-day gratitude challenge! That one of these friends–Susan D–had 12 of her friends dedicate their month to gratitude. (And whether our friends continue or not–it doesn’t matter. One moment of conscious gratitude is better than no moments!)
I am grateful for this exquisite feeling of joy which keeps soaring through my day.
I am grateful that this practice keeps my mind focused on the gifts of what is. How easy it is for us to notice what isn’t–and continually yearn for something else–instead of acknowledging what we do have.
OK, what else am I grateful for right now?
Some of you may think I am a big dork, but I rented the movie “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Watched it last night–to Barry’s great dismay–he decided it was an opportunity to retreat to the garage. This morning I am re-playing the movie simply to listen to the tunes.
I wore my coat, with golden lining
Bright colours shining, wonderful and new
And in the east, the dawn was breaking
And the world was waking
Any dream will do
What else am I grateful for? I am grateful for my connection with the divine, the sacred, God, Allah, Jehovah, the Universe–whatever you want to call it. I am grateful for the gift of awareness. For our human potential to realize our divine potential. That we have inner guidance leading us to our ultimate potential–if we listen and act.
I am grateful that the divine coalesces into form and we can be filled with delight as finches and chickadees flit in the spruce tree. As old apple trees wear blankets of snow. For Donny Osmond as Joseph. (ohmygoodness, did I just type that I was grateful for Donny Osmond?) OK, you, too, Marie.
I am also grateful for everyone reading this blog because their inner guide lead them here. (And I am grateful for those not reading this blog–because their inner guidance is leading them where they need to go next.) And this has been a big one for me to learn!
Don’t you love it that there is so much for us to learn?
Go, go, go Joseph you know what they say
Hang on now Joseph you’ll make it some day
Don’t give up Joseph fight till you drop
We’ve read the book and you come at on top!
(Barry, you can come home now. The movie is over. lol!)
P.S. Anyone who wants to leap into the gratitude challenge can at any time this month. What are you grateful for? (Or, in a more grammatically correct way: For what are you grateful?)