Two days into the thirty days of gratitude, and I found much to be grateful for on an impossibly gorgeous fall day here in Kentucky. Having committed to documenting three things I am grateful for each day this month definitely has put gratitude at the forefront of my mind, as I found myself saying “thank you”, silently and out loud, throughout the day. It’s no coincidence that this heightened focus on all that is positive and good in my life put an extra spring in my step and an even bigger smile on my face. Corny, yet true! Here are three of today’s things for which I am truly grateful:
- The opportunity to be in the presence of my amazing friend, Laura. Laura and I only recently became friends, and we immediately discovered that we share a heart and soul connection that makes our budding friendship even more special. We both have busy personal and professional lives, but we took time today to meet for coffee and tea and to be fully present for one another. We chatted about things from the past, where we are at this moment, and where we are going, and our chat was punctuated by laughter and “aha” moments. Laura’s positive energy and genuine beauty are palpable, and she inspires and motivates me to ask and answer the question, “Why not me?” I treasure my time with her, and every time we part ways, I already look forward to our next meeting. She is that kind of friend!
- Time spent outside under clear blue skies, bright sunshine, and crisp temperatures. As I did yard work, I stopped several times to marvel at the beauty that was all around me, and I took in the scent of the pine trees and felt the delicious combination of the warmth of the sun and the near freezing temperature on my skin. Working in the yard is therapeutic for me, and my time outdoors left me feeling content with myself and my life.
- The music of Pearl Jam. I rediscovered their music over the summer, and it has been a mainstay in my every day life ever since. I am passionate about music, as it sometimes expresses feelings and thoughts that I find so difficult to articulate or express, and I find that Eddie Vedder is the perfect spokesperson for many of my emotions, memories, and musings. Pearl Jam’s music resonates with me, and I am so grateful that I stumbled across their songs again.
So, there you have it, and I hope that you found much to be grateful in your own life today.
Just one thing each day . . .