Interesting question. My flat mate has a cat and it a really high-strung Siamese that screams for attention pretty much constantly so I generally don’t feel grateful for its presence! But I’m trying to appreciate it more.
I guess I’d say I’m grateful for my elderly aunt’s cat. My aunt is having a tough time at the moment and the cat gives her a lot of comfort.
A hot bath. Bare feet on warm sand. Getting praised for things I did well. Uplifting music. Health and energy. Delicious food arriving on a plate. Sunlight on water.
Today I can look more deeply at the different ways I avoid being alone with myself, the ways I distract myself from just ‘being’ by endlessly ‘doing’.
Some wonderful answers to this question.
For me, it has to be to not let that self-defeating inner critic fill me with doubt and fear and despair. To not let that darn voice go unchallenged
I think maybe my uncle. His behaviour over the years made me withdraw from him, but he’s an old man now and I know he wishes we spoke more often, so I’m gonna be kind and make an effort to call him from time to time.
Had to really think about this one. I think what makes me come alive is newness – new places, new people, new ideas. That and the sea, sunlight falling on surfaces, beauty, the smell of good food cooking and fun!
Pretty recently I think. I’m pretty good at making people smile and laugh. But the question made me reflect how seldom people just compliment each other and express general admiration. It’s such a good thing to do now and then, just to say stuff like: you know, you’re a great mother to your child. Or: John, you’re a really decent man.
Everyone needs to hear these things
It’s a small thing but today I can pick up some rubbish from the little park near my house and bin it
I can stop running from myself. Stop using distractions to avoid what may emerge in the silence.
I guess I could let go off what I tell myself my life should be. Then I can surrender to what it actually is and see where the flow takes me, and what unfolds.
Also could let go of those old negative scripts: that I’m not loveable, that I’m not good enough.
I needed this question today. My body has suffered a lot. I need to start treating it with love. What it’s asking for is rest and an end to the way I’ve been poisoning it with alcohol and cigarettes.
Yes, she is a stunning animal. Demanding! But very loving 🙂
Totally with you here
I second all of that KC 🙂
Love Mary Oliver, her stuff affects me so strongly. Great list.
Haha. Great list
Great! Sounds like a Sufi poem
Sending love and encouragement Aman. May 2020 be a good year for you
So true Zoe. I hate littering and it’s a massive problem where I live. Today and yesterday I picked up 1 piece of litter in the park and I’m amazed at how happy it made me. Definitely going to keep doing it 🙂
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