I’m into gratitude mode … contemplating all of the good and beauty around me. I keep rediscovering the power of gratitude (how easy it is to forget and get sucked into woe is me mode) … Last week I started my journey with Julia Cameron and following her guide to discovering creativity and meaning at midlife and beyond. Start the day with Morning Pages; 3 8 x 11 long-hand, free thought writing each morning (just as you wake up). It’s one of my favorite things to lay on the edge of wakefulness and let my mind wander where it will while I gather lost thoughts from sleep and open to the possibilities of the new day. These morning pages are letting me capture those thoughts, feelings, and intentions rather than having them float away with full consciousness.
It’s been within the morning pages that I have rediscovered and had gratitude reignited in my heart … getting outside of my whiny self and truthfully see the abundance in my life. I literally have been ‘counting my many blessings’ like the hymn I learned in Primary when I was young. Pages and pages worth of blessings … last night’s list had many small things including having a toothbrush and toothpaste. Large blessings, the biggies are easy to see in the moment, like seeing 2 more of my grandchildren graduate from high school and having further educational plans and a direction … but was I thankful for the car I drove 450 miles, the fuel in the car, good roads, no accidents, convenient pit-stops, no rain, my daughter for having a guest room, etc. etc. etc. … well, you can see how long and how fast a list of blessings can blossom.
Later I’ll be heading to Hobby Lobby for my solo “Artist Date” which is another tool in the process. I love Hobby Lobby … I think I’ll leave my debit card home.