Day 30: Did it take a hurricane?

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

By Candice Davenport

With only ten more days to go on our project, it made me wonder: “When are you most grateful?”  After the last few week’s events, I have pondered this, and the following questions, for myself as well.

Did it take a hurricane to make you feel grateful for what you took for granted? A refrigerator light. A blanket. A neighbor and the sound of their generator supplying you and your family with heat. The enveloping darkness of an early fall night. A candle. The comfort of your own bed. The voice on the other end of the phone saying, they made it through.

Are you able to feel grateful when you are swimming in excess?

Are you able to quiet your mind among the litany of ‘to-do’s and be grateful for a simple breath?  Or are you now able to take stock of what is important and has always been there all along?

Are you able to push away from the table of plenty, and recognize when you are full (and be grateful for the chance to sit at the table?)

When we recognize, at whatever stage of life- at whatever time of day- and whatever life condition, that we have enough (and more) it is then that we can  embrace thankfulness as an engaged being, for all that we are given.

What are you grateful for today?

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8 thoughts on “Day 30: Did it take a hurricane?

  1. Today, I am experiencing some neck pain and I am more aware and grateful for how normally I am able to type without pain, lift things easily and turn over in bed without interrupting my sleep! I am also grateful for Kevin’s safe arrival from his trip and for him taking the girls to school this morning.

  2. Everyday for the past thirty days, I’ve been receiving the Gratitude Graffiti Project letter, reading with excitment and attention your words of wisdom. And after thirty days of gratitude awareness I feel rejuvenated and happier to recognize how many things I’ve got in my life to be grateful for. It is so easy to take things for granted. I am so grateful to you for the opportunity you gave me and others to reflect and act on gratitude, to have it present everyday and feel good with it.
    Thank you!

  3. Grateful to be home after travel and for the excess of blessings I am endowed with – starting with breathing!!

  4. Grateful to teach yoga today, work and spend quality time with my son. Busy but very fulfilling day. I am grateful for the constant reminder this project offers to me, whether I post or not, to notice my state of being and check myself when I slip! 🙂 Thank you.

  5. This is my first day participating in this project and I am so grateful for having been invited. Thank you Luci! I have so much to be grateful for, beginning with long-time friendships that I can count on, no matter the distance or time between us.

    It is so easy to forget what brings the most meaning to our lives when our dreams are not fulfilled or it seems that life has let us down. But I have learned that it is during the most difficult times that gratitude is most powerful. When we take our focus away from what is missing or wrong, and shift it to what is right and good, not only does our sense of joy and well-being return, but often the circumstances themselves change to what we having been longing for. There is always something to be grateful for…we just have to look for it.

    • So good to have you here Kim. Your words are inspiring and echo how I feel about gratitude. I used to long for an easier life and one without hardship but what i have come to realize is that what I was longing for all along, was to be able to feel peace of mind, regardless of the circumstances. Focusing on training my mind has allowed me to feel more freedom than i ever thought possible. Thanks again, Kim, for starting this conversation. Lucila

  6. I am grateful for my strength and for not giving in or giving up when times get tough. I am grateful for self motivation.

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