My posts have drifted over into melancholy as of late, and all I have to say to that is ENOUGH ALREADY! When looking at the past year sends me into an emotional tailspin, I need to step back and re-evaluate. Deep introspection has its time and place, but for me right before the holidays is not the right time nor the right place. So for today? How about some GRATITUDE?
47 things I graciously embrace…
47. Mexican Wedding Cookies and Apple Tart for Breakfast this morning. (Don’t hate! I had a banana too!)
46. Sharing the Lunar Ecplise with my cat last night, the boys stuck their heads out, said “Cool” and went back to playing Dragonball Z.
45. My Little MissMatched Socks – they always bring a smile to my face.
44. Flannel Sheets – I am a firm believer in a cool house and a warm bed.
43 . Finding the perfect book for a dear friend. And watching him start to get lost in it during the middle of our Christmas gathering.
42. Zoot! Zoot! Zoot! (Thank you Amanda Gore, @thegospelof joy !)
41. A sparkling clean bathroom! Can I hear an AMEN!
40. All the ingredients for Christmas cookies awaiting me on my kitchen counter.
39. A candlelight service – bringing the Light into the Dark.
38. Psycho Donuts – 12 Donuts of Christmas
37. Living life Spiritually instead of Religiously.
36. The warm hearts and gentle spirits of Kent & Marilyn Pelz – www.lifeofthespirit.com
35. My perfectly brewed cup of french-pressed coffee – with a touch of honey and a splash of milk.
34. Connecting with new friends – BV, TCB and JS.
33. Re-connecting with old friends – AV, BB, ED and TB.
32. The love & support of my through-thick-and-thin friends – I am blessed with so many that the list would look like alphabet soup.
31. Singing along with Green Day “Good Riddance (time of your life) – arms linked with my son and my kindred spirit, RDB.
31. The new Whole Foods in my neighborhood for reminding that if I can afford to shop there then I can afford to shop at my local grocers as well. Bye bye Whole Foods – hello Lunardis, Zanattos and Race Street Fish. (Did I mention Cosentinos and La Villa?)
30. Watching the sunrise that one summer morning and the experience I enjoyed getting there– what an amazing evening THAT was!
29. The teachings of compassion by the Dalai Lama – lessons taught with joy and laughter to a receptive crowd of 12,000 – what an experience.
28. The chopstick couple – I want what they have…
27. Getting my old job back and working with great friends who are committed to excellence
26. Downtown SJ’s Christmas in the Park — does the city really think they can cut our traditions?
25. My boys – they are articulate and funny. Also, messy and foul-mouthed – but the trade-offs are worth it.
24. Hiking along the Central Coast at Point Lobos – skip the 17 mile drive head here instead!
23. A solo drive to Tahoe — traffic was so bad on 80 – I was able to individually text everyone my Thanksgiving wishes while waiting to move.
22. Bocelli in a snowstorm.
21. Hawaii 5-0 – the new series — if you haven’t seen it – you must – the scenery is gorgeous – and NO! I am not just speaking about Steve McGarrett!
20. Felix Petra Osterman – my grandson – 2 months of pure love.
19. Back to the Green Day concert – Dancing with Abandon – who knew Spirit thrives at rock concerts!
18. Transformative moments – of which there have been many this year – lesson learned – instead of “Oh Shit! Why did this have to happen?” shifting to “Hmmm, I wonder what good will come of this!” (Still seriously working on this one, but I am taking baby steps in the right direction!)
17. That I used to complain a lot while driving and that now at least I am aware of it!
16. Picnics at Vasona, YES! but catching a Frisbee with my cheekbone – not so much!
15. New Music – “Light You Up” by Shawn Mullins” & “Dog Days are Over” by Florence and the Machine.
14. The entire Grace & Tranquility Album by Gypsy Soul.
13. My bookclub – these are some of the most powerful women on the West Coast – I am pretty sure that they could fix any problem with style and finesse while still in their pajamas — I am blessed to included.
12. The title of my new book and all the possibilities that it holds.
11. Giving a hand to a friend in need.
10. Learning to accept help graciously when I needed it the most.
9. Asking for what I want/need — there is SO much power in the ASK – it doesn’t really matter if you get it or not!
8. Trusting that I am right where I need to be right here and right now.
7. The power of forgiveness.
6. Finding the gnomes lights in the High Sierras.
5. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron – two of my best reads this year.
4. Watching World Cup Soccer while working from home — life just didn’t get much better this past Spring.
3. The Beatles! It took me 45 years but I am finally on the Yellow Submarine with this one. Saw Hard Days Night at the California Theater and Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles at the Civic Center – John, Paul, George and Ringo — where have you been all my life?
2. The embrace of friends – so strong that you have memory of them long after they occurred.
1. Loving and knowing when letting go – there is so much freedom in this space.
So there you have it, a bit long-winded – what I am grateful for right now and for over the course of 2010. Thanks for sticking with it! Ended up there was a bit more introspection inside me than I thought. But not the melancholy type – the WooHoo! My Life Rocks! type. I chose 47 because that is how long I have been leaving footprints in the sand here on Earth. What about you? What are you grateful for? I bet you can name as many as you are old – plus one or two more!