“Gratitude is not a passive response to something we have been given. Gratitude arises from paying attention, from being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us.” -David Whyte
Here’s to living another week with eyes and arms wide open. In expression of gratitude, here’s a Friday celebration of big and small blessings: Ten Things of Thankful.
The simple pleasure of doing nothing. How often I forget how restorative, how peaceful and calming, doing absolutely nothing is. Just being comfortable, taking in my surroundings, observing, and letting my thoughts flow… I am grateful to have spent a little time on nothing at all this week
Sharing good food and hospitality. I am thankful for the presence good friends, food, and games in my life this week, and to be able to welcome and gather others into our home!
The joy of spring cleaning. Nothing beats the satisfaction of cleaning out what no longer serves – and what takes up too much space in your closet. The fresh space makes room for more joy and fresh air in my life, both figuratively and literally!
Rainy mornings. Rainy days are so infrequent in the desert, and nothing beats the pit pat of rain and sounds of happy birds outside while I sit and sip my coffee.
Clients who bring their A game. I am blessed with the best job, that allows me to meet the best people. And what’s really the best are the clients who show up, ready to workout, recognize their own achievements, and have fun doing it. They make my day, my week, and honestly, my career.
That it’s March. I used to live in Maine, where March is truly the absolute worst month. But now I live in Arizona, and March is the best month of the year – warm days and cool nights mean afternoon hiking and dinners al fresco. The windows stay open all the time, the days are getting longer. Birds are happy and tuneful, and the wildflowers and trees are beginning to bloom.
Yoga. I had some great yoga in my life this week. I am especially grateful for teachers that create a welcoming, warm, positive space for practice and community.
My Husband. Disregard the fact that he is here listed at number eight, because in truth he is number one on all of my gratitude lists. I don’t think I could have found a better, more supportive, loving person to share my life with – plus he bakes incredible bread.
Great Podcasts. I find a lot of support, information, and inspiration in podcasts. Most of this week’s listening has been to Life. Unrestricted. with Marot Boxler and The Good Life Project with Jonathan Fields. What are you listening to?
To be here. Lastly, I’m just thankful to be here; living this life, traveling this journey, and having the experience of being human… cranky days and all.
And of course, thank YOU for being here, reading my words, and supporting my passions!
What’s on your list of thankfuls for this week?
With a full heart,