I’m inspired by Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro‘s weekly gratitude post. So, I’m going to cultivate a little more gratitude in my life by joining her on a quest to be thankful until we absolutely exude gratitude. I hope you’ll also join Amanda in sharing just five things you are thankful for this week. Thank you to Amanda for helping bring back genuine gratitude.
This week I am grateful for:
- RAOK. This month, I am participating in Mom Grooves‘ a 30 days of kindness. I’m planning to do periodic posts over the month about the experience. But, I am already reaping the benefits of looking for random acts of kindness. They make me feel so good inside. I feel like the Grinch, my heart grows 3 sizes every time I do one. By the way, Mom Grooves had got a gorgeous giveaway with her month of kindness. So, please go check it out.
- Twitter friends. Yesterday, I was feeling anxious and sad. So, I tweeted about it. There’s something intangibly different about reading support on twitter. I suppose it’s removed enough that support is easier to receive. Just hearing from twiends that they were there and cared helped me pull it together and not to be a sobby mess in the public library. I’m grateful for my many twitter friends, in particular yesterday thank you @mendylady, @tnpbirthsrvices, and @RachaelNevins.
- The Gorram Dog. I’ve been a gentle parenting fail with her lately. She’s at the bottom of the patience totem pole in the house and often gets my annoyed voice instead of gentle pets. Dogs, even more than children, give immediate feedback on how well they’re being treated. She’s the best reminder to surrender into lovingkindness and let go of the tightness that causes me to be short.
- Halloween Books. Thursday night, I went walking downtown with Gan. It was “Witch’s Night Out,” which meant women dressed as witches were going from business to business for free martinis, snacks, and discount shopping. They were all a bit (to a lot) tipsy. One of the witches had a green face, pointy nose, and was acting in character. This petrified Gan. She tried to sooth him, but made it worse by trying to explain that it was a costume. I checked out a Halloween book from the library that has a pop-up witch in it. Gan adores the book. He reads it by himself. He is using it to calm his fears and take his power back. He says, “Are you ready for me to show you the scary witch?” *shows page* “Boo! We saw this painted face and nose. I’m not scared of her.” If any books are going to ignite a love of reading in kids, it’s going to be Halloween books.
- The timer on my washer. This is a little one, but being able to load the washing machine and dishwasher before bed, knowing that they will run while we sleep is really helping keep up with these never-completed household tasks. I can barely motivate myself to do chores that I can’t point at and say, “Well, that’s done!” when there’s always more to be done. There’s something that cultivates contentment in going to bed knowing I’ll wake to clean dishes and clothes. It’s almost like someone else has done them for me.
I feel as though I just stood under a clear waterfall. Thank you, Amanda, for reminding me to give my gratitude a voice (oops! Does that make 6? 😉