Taking up a new activity- in the winter it was rug hooking, this summer it’s golf.
Learning more about stuff that matters to me – the preservation of old growth forests here in BC, Indigenous experiences in this land, aging well.
Tending circles of connection.
Authenticity. Integrity. Meaning.
Being a serious person while not taking myself too seriously.
Looking through a microscope at the swirl of beings on a tiny piece of kelp – so much life!
Oh my goodness., everywhere! All the time! Morning tea, the presence of my husband, yellow begonias on the patio, cry of gull. eagle, oyster catcher as I sit by the sea on a hand hewn bench, evening walk to see the sunset. swimming in the sea, the almost full moon, fresh fruit from local farms, homemade granola and so much more. Blessings all.
Participating in the inspiring and practical 6 week Wake Up Grateful course offered by the fine team behind this site.
Blessings abound, I am awash in gratefulness.
Recognizing that there’s always more to any story than I know. A posture of humility is a pretty reliable support.
Leaning into the “struggles of the world” ie engaging with civic and political affairs is as natural to me as breathing. My leanings are focused these days and years toward re-learning Canadian history as a third generation settler Canadian on the path to being an honourable ally to Indigenous Canadians.
Feeling grateful is ephemeral and conditional, whereas being grateful is lasting and unconditional. I choose the latter as path and practice. Still early days.
As Kristi Nelson might say 🙂
—respond to the invitation to wake up grateful
—continue the practice of taking nothing for granted.
Thing 1- sending a text of appreciation to my stylist for an excellent cut.
Thing 2 – expressing interconnectedness with the First Nation in Lytton BC by sending money after a fire destroyed their whole village.
Thing 3 – being here for my friend in a dark time as she starts chemotherapy.
Thing 4 – hosting a cozy simpatico birthday supper for neighbour friends.
In silence – or in quiet (which is more available to me) I can think clearly and pray deeply. Sometimes at-onement happens.
And I realize I don’t have enough of it.
Movement practices, Essentrics and Iyengar yoga.
Physical activities,-bike riding, walking, swimming,
My dear friend who is living into a serious cancer diagnosis. In the midst of making decisions about treatment she is her usual excited self about our in person visit and doing the fun stuff we enjoy. Like swimming in a lake, a bike ride, gathering for dinner with friends.
What comes naturally to me is an impulse to create gatherings – community building I suppose you could say. Some become ongoing groups with a focus others are one off “pop up” gatherings. This serves the world as humans need to feel we belong!
oh my gosh. No problem having fun daily! Today for example – a walkabout downtown to see the beautiful Les Fleurs de Ville installations, refreshment on a sunny patio, a teeny “voyage” across the Creek, a bike ride at the seaside before supper, funny wordplay sprinkled throughout. Awash in gratitude; it could be otherwise.
The scientists, public health experts , health care providers and policy makers who have brought us to a promising place in the pandemic. Today I receive my second dose of the vaccine. It’s miraculous.
No kidding! Where exactly do you know? No wonder I feel an affinity to you!
That just about covers it Holly in Ohio! Well said,
“Each action we take, every thing we do, say, buy, eat, will make a better world or not.” Yes.
– from Elaine in British Columbia. 🙂
It’s one of the most life giving possibilities of “retired” life. Somebody called it Re-Fired! 🙂 Thanks for the comment Linda.
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