Saturday Gratitude Post 6/7/2014

Welcome to my Saturday Gratitude Post.  Before I begin, I enjoy writing this post almost every week; may I suggest that some of you might enjoy writing a gratitude post weekly.  No rules, no themes.  Simply a post about your life and the blessings you experienced the previous week.

I am grateful for so many blessings, big and small, that touched me this week.  I am feeling very healthy, losing a little weight and, surprisingly, I’m not having difficulty sticking to the renal diet.  As a result, my blood sugars are far better, and I look relatively shapely right now.  I am so grateful that I am fighting myself all the time when I am caring for my body and my health.

Our weather is glorious — bright blue sky in the morning and early afternoon, then clouds and rain in the middle of the day, and finally back to clear skies for the latter part of the day.  Each day like this is a gift, and I spend a lot of time outdoors.  What a treat after such a long winter!

Someone is mowing grass outside, that lovely smell of cut grass blowing into my living room — a smell that, for me, embodies all the glories of summer.

Mom is much more contented, and enjoying an overall sense of good health, though her knees still bother her if she sits too long in the wrong chair.  The rest of the family is doing well; J., my next younger sister, lives with her family just north of San Diego.  The fire doesn’t usually reach their block, but they are close enough to unsettle nerves.  Nevertheless, J. is home with her husband M. and their daughter M., who just finished a successful year in college, and who will be dancing at SeaWorld this summer.

The rest of my family are happy, busy, and enjoying Spring.  My older sister can finally get into the pool, and that must feel like a little slice of heaven.  My brother’s son and daughter  serving  in their respective stations.  S. is at sea, and I wish I was there, too.  I love being on the ocean.  C2. is thriving down in Maryland —  she will be a wonderful doctor/nurse/medic or anything else she pursues. My brother’s oldest daughter is closer to home, trying and outgrowing ever retail job she’s had.  I know that she will decide where she belongs soon — C1 is a strong young woman.  Finally, my sister DB’s younger daughter, left high school after four remarkably interesting years, after several successful theater performances in which she shone.

I start back to work this Wednesday, and I can hardly wait.  Funny how four little hours a week are so important — I look forward to seeing my fellow workers, and all the customers I see at the register.  I am at least strong enough for one day, and that is all I am working this week.  I hope to work two days next week.

Life is good.  D. and I took a big swipe out of the living room last week, disassembling my altar and giving away anything I no longer use.  We cleared off the dining room table and put all of my pump supplies in a big drawer in the kitchen, which I should have done at the very beginning.  What a difference a clean table makes.

My life is so full of joyful goals.  D. and I know the balance we each need for the cruise.  I am not really very close, actually, but I have four more months, which will mean at least $400 in savings.  I saw a program about Belize today, and the teal and aqua water just called to me.  I am practicing patience!

This is only a small section of my Gratitudes list.  I am a very lucky woman indeed.

A Beautiful Spring Day in Midcoast Maine

Popham Beach State Park Image courtesy of visitbath.com

Popham Beach State Park
Image courtesy of visitbath.com

N.B.  I am posting this on a cold, wet day, but I wrote it a couple of days ago.  I am also plagued by the Add Media problem — ongoing.  Finally, as you can see, my home page does not pick up the paragraphs from my draft.

Fort Popham from the beach.   Image courtesy of carolyncholland.wordpress.com

Fort Popham from the beach. Image courtesy of carolyncholland.wordpress.com

I am enjoying a lovely spring day — sunny, no wind, warm enough for shorts, but not too hot to sit outside.  Maine is so gorgeous this time of year. A day like this always brings up memories of other happy spring days, when I was younger and still relatively carefree.  I love that I can remember those times — all I used to remember was misery.  My dad once said that I was projecting my current unhappiness on my memories.  I think I told him he was nuts, but I see now that I was doing exactly that.  I experienced sadness in my early adult life, but I also lived happy days. (I tried to insert a read-more tag here, but nothing doing.  Sorry.) Continue reading

Finding That Happy Moment

From Abraham-Hicks:

A happy life is just a string of happy moments. But most people don’t allow the happy moment, because they’re so busy trying to get a happy life.

Excerpted from the workshop in Sacramento, CA on March 15, 2003

I feel like something of an expert, when it comes to chasing a happy life.  I am positive that almost everyone feels that way at some point in their lives. The longing to live a joyous life is deep within each of us, but as Abraham intimates here, a happy life is too big a goal  ever to achieve, all at once. Rather, he directs us to pay attention to the moments of our lives, to find satisfaction right now, and let that happen in each individual moment.

When I decided I didn’t want to be depressed anymore, (see here,) I experienced a thrill of excitement, because my life was finally going to be happy.  For more than the first month, I was pleased and smiling and, as a friend says, living the dream.  Then came the day when I woke in a foul mood, and felt like I was slipping back to depression.  At that time, I only understood the two extremes of the spectrum of emotions:  utter joy, or utter misery.  I simply assumed that I was back in that depression I had only just escaped.

After a couple of hours, during which I grew more and more discouraged, I suddenly understood something for the first time, something I knew to be true but never really believed, (more all of nothing thinking:)  Nobody is happy all the time.  Not even the most cheerful person, with the most wonderful life, is happy all the time; everyone experiences gray areas of discouragement and sadness.  So I needed to figure out what “happy” people did when they are sad.  Right then, I finally surrendered my inflexible world view in favor of one more malleable, by deciding that what I would seek was contentment, whether I was happy or sad.  I thought that was the answer.

Time passed, and I could see that I wanted more than to be content.  I missed that frisson that came with a truly happy moment.  Right about then, I read this affirmation for the first time, and I finally understood the “secret” which was really no secret at all:  live in the moment.  Put aside my concern for the rest of my life, and concentrate on being happy where I am in the present time.  This was slightly more difficult than imagining being happy for the rest of my life, but I shortly found this adjustment to be well worth my effort.  Truly, as Abraham states here, the trick is to connect one happy moment with the next, while never losing sight of the glory of each individual minute of our lives.  And if that sounds like an overwhelming task, remember to draw back to the moment at hand.  Eventually, stringing these happy moments together becomes easier, and we realize that  we are finally living happy lives.

The Best Laid Plans…

In an effort to get back to the basics of my philosophy of life, I am re-using a quote from Abraham-Hicks about planning:

Not everything has to turn out exactly the way you planned in order for you to call it a success. — Abraham-Hicks  

I use this quote as a tag for the end of emails I send out — I love that other people see it, but mostly, it is there for me to review every day. Continue reading

Happy to be Sad, Sad to be Happy

For most of my life, I have lived in a strange world of in-between, wherein the happiest parts of my life, I interpret as sad, and some of the saddest parts have made me oddly happy.  By the time I was ready to look honestly at my emotions, I really couldn’t tell the difference.  I didn’t look objectively at my past, but assigned my current misery to my entire life. Continue reading

With the Universe, or Against Ourselves?

This is a short, to-the-point affirmation from Abraham-Hicks, which in its brevity encapsulates the entire idea of the Law of Attraction:

Your Inner Being is always guiding you toward what you are wanting. It is never protecting you from something else.

 —Abraham

 Excerpted from the workshop in Philadelphia, PA on April 14, 1998

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