Sunday Gratitude

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Today I am grateful for cleansing.  We spent a huge part of the morning cleaning and organizing the house.  There truly is nothing like a good deep clean.  It’s cathartic and it removes the energy of what no longer serves.  It’s a letting go as well as a welcoming.  Something as simple as vacuuming, or doing the dishes shows respect for our space and an appreciation for what we have.  As we cleanse and let go, it also gives the opportunity to share what we have with others.  The things we may have forgotten can become a treasure again. 

Today I am grateful for new forms of creativity.  I spent nearly all day yesterday baking sourdough bread.  I know it was the trendy thing to do when the pandemic started, but I never jumped on that train.  Not that I wasn’t curious, I just had other things I was doing.  I definitely have a new appreciation for the ability to create something of sustenance for ourselves.  I’ve made banana bread before and even gave a shot to some cheddar jalapeno bread…but anyone who has made sourdough knows it’s a different game.  Keeping it alive long enough to make the bread and then creating what you want is all a task.  But it is so rewarding. 

Today I am grateful for completion and team work.  It feels good to get through items that have been on my checklist for a while.  I know we all get bogged down from time to time and it can be really easy to lose track of what we have to do.  It can even feel overwhelming and isolating.  I know when I let things sit for too long, I’m less likely to want to start them.  But today was about a joint effort and getting through what needed to be done.  Having help makes all the difference in the world.  Sometimes we feel like we have to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders or we don’t feel heard when it comes to expressing our needs.  Being heard and finally starting to climb the mountain felt significant.    

Today I am grateful for trust.  I’ve been setting up some key moves for what I believe will set me up in the future.  I’ve taken some steps that have been out of my comfort zone and into some territory that I’ve never been in.  But the truth is, I’m ready.  I’ve known I’ve been read for a while, I just haven’t been sure about the opportunities to take or the exact moves to make to get me where I need to be.  This past week has been the doorway to a lot of significant changes in my life.  I’m hoping those changes will allow me to make a difference for my family and help me tackle a new avenue for my talents as well as some really cool learning opportunities.  Life will be different but I trust that this will take me exactly where I need to be.

Today I am grateful for my health.  I’m not only grateful but I am proud of the steps I’ve taken to shift my health around.  I decided to take on a new morning routine, one that I wasn’t sure I would enjoy, and honestly, one I wasn’t sure I would have time for.  But it turns out that I have all the time I need for it.  More importantly, it feels amazing.  I’m able to get a nice workout in and to start my day off with a much stronger mindset than I had even a month ago.  When it comes to health, it’s all about those decisions.  I’m not perfect—I still have cravings and enjoy things I probably shouldn’t.  But the truth is, I know I feel much better doing something good for myself and something that allows me to be more productive for others. 

Today I am grateful for connection and friendship.  I spent a lot of my life having to do it on my own. I’m not saying that my needs weren’t met, I was extremely fortunate in that regard.  But I also never hid that I struggled with interaction and friendship—often it was just easier to do it on my own.  Many times I simply could not manage a simple relationship for varying reasons or I felt used.  Many of those relationships were fundamentally toxic and needed to go, but there were some where I simply struggled with communication and misinterpreted the thing and cut out people who probably would have helped my growth.  I’m grateful for the people who have stuck with me through that transition and I am grateful for the people whom I’ve met that helped me for no other reason than they wanted to.  There is something missing when we have to do it all on our own an I am glad to reach out again.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead!

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