Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunday Grateful

Malachite is said to bring harmony into one's life. It is also believed that malachite gives knowledge and patience. Malachite is used as a children's talisman to ward off danger and illness. It is attached to infant's cradles.

I'm trying to return to this tradition. Like many of us I think its really important to just make notes, of what you appreciate in your life.

This morning I am starting by being grateful for coffee. Yes I know it's a drug and it doesn't REALLY wake you up. But it says 'Good morning' to me and it does indeed ease me into the day and give me a way to settle myself and gather my thoughts.

I had a really good time on Friday visiting my daughter with her mother and stepfather. It was a very pleasant and fun day despite the terrible tension of the previous Sunday. My daughter had a really great time. We enjoyed her company immensely and she was really funny.

When she had her ensemble concert it was the usual delight in watching her have such a great time.

I'm grateful that I am still employed in this rough economy, WhyIsDaddyCryin' recently lost his job and is undergoing all the frustrations that come with such things. And TooMuchPerfection's husband is now beginning a recovery from over half a year of being jobless. It drives home that I am fortunate and count my blessings. As well, I am keeping my fingers crossed that TMP's good fortune continues and that WIDC only finds that his life picks up after this snag as his blog seems to show that he will.

By the way, I'm grateful for my many blogger friends who are awesome.

I am grateful for this apartment I am currently living in. It's not ideal for a man my age to be living this way but the fact is that I have a really good roommate who is a nice guy and is a great cook. His holiday party last night was a gas and much needed and it was good to meet his good friends and eat that damned delicious food he made.

I'm grateful people in my life whom I love greatly and who despite how difficult I can be and how complicated my life is, love me back.

I'm grateful for you readers and my twitter friends. My world is expanded because of you and I am the richer for it.

I'm grateful that despite the economy I am taking stock in myself and beginning the hunt for new employment so that I can continue to improve and grow and lead the sort of life I want.

9 comments:

gratefulkim said...

As a promoter of gratitude, I love your post. I especially love that you got back to the basics....food, friends, shelter. I have a recently divorced brother, father of 3 girls (6, 9 & 12) who is basically starting from scratch. I believe part of his healing and recovery is gratitude for what he DOES have, and the excitement for more. Can you relate? :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. I never get enough of hearing thoughts of gratitude.

Opinionated Gifts said...

Thanks, Kim.

I'm trying to keep this a Sunday tradition, so I appreciate the encouragement.

Jade said...

I have a daily "gratitude" routine, in which I consciously recognize some small thing in my life to grateful for, and then, later, if I am feeling small or sad or petty or ugly, I remind myself of that moment. It puts it all into perspective.

Very nice post.

Stacia said...

I love this. I went through a divorce and then shortly after lost my job of 9 years, that I loved and thought of as a huge part of myself (so as the same with a lot of people, it hasn't been the easiest couple of years). It does our soul and sanity good to really think about and appreciate what we have. The important things. I may even join in your tradition, if you don't mind a copycat of sorts. ;o)

Stacia said...

Oh, unrelated topic - I got to see Serenity on the big screen again last night! One of the indie places screened it on their classic night. =)

Opinionated Gifts said...

Thank you all for your comments. Really glad you are enjoying.

Stacia, I am jealous. I miss seeing Serenity on the big screen, haven't done that since it's run.

I watch it once every couple of months at home though.

Opinionated Gifts said...

By the way, I got the Sunday Grateful idea from www.too-much-perfection.blogspot.com . She hasn't been regular either. But credit where it's due.

KB in NYC said...

You know I am a big fan of the gratitude post! There is always so much to be grateful for. And gratitude always begets more good things.

Thanks for sharing!

XKB

Opinionated Gifts said...

Thank you KB