Gratitude and loving kindness. I find they’re easy to forget when I wake up in the middle of the night, worrying about the people I love, thinking about the chaos in the world, feeling guilty about things I said or did in the past, gnawing on the brittle bones of hurt and betrayal. Stop, put your pencil down. It’s time to be grateful, right now.
These last few days have been a retreat of sorts. After cooking the traditional Thanksgiving foods and sharing all that abundance, I was given the gift of solitude, a time to reflect and dig deep into my core. What am I grateful for? How can I become even more aware of the abundance around me, physically and spiritually, and share it with enthusiasm and commitment?
I think it’s a matter of focus, one day at a time. I also believe in the ripple effect, so on that note, I’m happy to share some simple things I’m currently grateful for.
As I got dressed this morning I found myself reaching for clothes I made, comfortable and luxurious, enveloping me in warmth. I wouldn’t have made these clothes if I hadn’t been inspired, step by step, by so many people: my mother, my daughter-in-law, friends and bloggers, all contributing to my creative energy. I’m grateful.
Gratefully I went to several bookstores this weekend, absorbing ideas and worlds outside of myself. I stumbled on this book which I have to share in closing.
The premise is that every single day has it’s own shoe (at least for us girls). Well, being the shoe addict that I am, I had to look up my birthday.
Please note the last line of the text. Ummm, what can I say? Dross into Gold? Then note the shoes.
I rest my case. This somehow serves as a humorous reminder to me that I’m not “in charge” and can focus instead on doing my best with my tiny moment here, hopefully passing on a legacy of love and gratitude.
I’m grateful for: skirt-purchased at Loman’s 12+ years ago then refashioned, top, “armlets”, and serape made from upcycled materials, thrifted boots, onyx rings and turquoise ring-consignment shop, silver wedding band-shop on the beach in L.A., belt -purchased a long time ago?, and tin earrings-a gift from a lovely young lady in a local boutique.