Bits and Bobs: Gratitude
Sometimes, maybe cause our knees hurt (me!), or we’re suffering from a bit of writer’s block (me again!), or it’s just been so dark and dreary that it might as well be March (New York, I’m looking at you), we lose all sense of perspective. On three separate occasions this week I read about the importance of gratitude. Oprah wanted me to do it. The Unstuck folks wanted me to do it. But if you’re in an Eeyore frame of mind, counting your blessings–even when you have an embarrassment of riches piled up around you–can be the hardest thing to do.
I got a couple kicks in the pants to help me along. The first, a gentle nudge, was Tara Brach’s reminder to commit to joy. And then someone sent me this link of stories of life on unemployment. Talk about putting your life into perspective. Of course it’s never as easy as snapping your fingers and that’s that, but just the intention to shift our perspective can start to slowly make a difference. So I looked for just the tiniest moments.
Like: Last night I bought these pink snap dragons at Trader Joe’s. When I brought them home and placed them in a blue coffee pot, I thought they looked as pretty as a still life.
And: When I walked into this narrow sliver of a cafe, I had been sliding around the sidewalk. It is very hard to walk in sopping wet sandals. I stood with this cortado in my hand and looked out the windows and waited for the rain to die down. The barista was playing melancholy Beach Boys songs. It felt oh-so right.
It’s a start.
What are you feeling grateful for, right this moment?