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I always try to be grateful and verbalize that gratitude if someone does something nice, goes out of their way for me, or is just accommodating in any way BUT I am terrible with “Thank You” Cards.  I never remember to send them`or any mail for that matter. 

Today a friend of mine did a wonderful, over the top, kind and giving thing for me.  She went out of her way for no other reason than she knew I really needed something and she knew she could help me with it.  I was so grateful to her and sent her an email (we live at a distance) telling her so, but somehow the act felt flat.  In an age where an email is a couple of clicks away it didn’t quite seem to match her gesture in terms of going out of my way to give her something.  Not that I was looking for a this-for-that kind of act but I just felt like I wanted to put some effort in return for all of the effort she put forth for me.  And then I thought about the “Thank You” Cards on my desk that I never use and have sat in the same desk console forever. 

The Thank You Card seems reserved for traditional thank you moments: someone gives you a present all shiny and wrapped and you give them the requisite card with the requisite statement.  What about giving a thank you for the everyday things–those moments that come and go where someone does something special for us.  I am feeling a want to acknowledge all the moments of gratitude, all the wonderful acts the people in my life bestow on me with no thought but to be helpful, and all the great people with great hearts I encounter.  I figure, what a better way to maintain a perspective on all the good in the world–as, especially with the recent Haiti disaster, there are already plenty of reminders of all the bad, sad, and ugly in the world. 

I have decided to take one moment in my month, every month, and really give attentive gratitude to it with the effort and intention of sending out a Thank You Card someone–1 someone for every month of the 12 months–who has done something lovely for me.  As I think back over my last year on moments when others went out of their way for no quid-pro-quo reason I think this may be the easiest thing I do this year…and maybe one of the most rewarding. 

Who would you give a Thank You Card to this month?  What act of random kindness has come your way recently?  Looking at every month with this vantage point I hope to cultivate an intentional awareness and appreciation of the goodness in my own life.  I will let you know how it progresses.  Likewise, although the crisis in Haiti is horrific and awful, in crisis some of the most inspiring acts of kindness and giving are exhibited.  I am hearing those stories already of people coming to the aid of others in this time and I am compelled to both give more of myself to others and acknowledge those who give more than they need give to me.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

Albert Schweitzer

In beginning to write my book and, in doing so, trudging through the worlds, aches, and muck of my life within my traumatic experience and posttrauma self I am finding myself exhausted daily by the memories of eight of my nine lives.  I am also finding myself mourning for the prior selves of “me” in a way that has been truly unexpected.  I didn’t realize how sad it would be to remember myself in my past and to watch and recreate the worlds in which I survived but never quite thrived inside of. 

In fighting my way, literarily, through all that has past–in a hopes of illuminating the past, present, and futures of others on similar journeys I am finding a persistent need for finding moments of gratitude and light in my present-day existence.  I find myself needing to really enjoy the moments of beauty and laughter, revel in every minute spent outside the pages of my old prisons and keep my insight into the past just that–the sight of an observer recording experience anthropoligically.  And save my living and reliving for those things of pleasure. 

I am rediscovering the importance of present-centered living, and consciously affording myself moments of appreciation and gratitude.  And for that I am very grateful for this exercise in rising old ghosts from the grave to the page.  It has given me perspective and reverence for the present.  I love the life I am, the family I am in,the state of place and state of mind I sit snugly inside of as I type out on my spastic laptop with 50 degree Florida chill whipping around my tiny cottage on the end of a discreet dirt road. 

I am grateful for life, and even more so for MY life right now.  I urge tomorrow to come but not too quickly and I hope to distill this appreciation through the next 10 chapters of this book and into my future.  In visiting old ghosts I am meeting ghosts of Christmas present and learning to treasure today as if it were the first, last, and only moment.

Happy Holidays to everyone and I hope for everyone this joy of today and gratitude for what IS in your life.

Blessings!

kissed by the setting sun by lepiafgeo on flickr

 

Nona over at Insight Health Coaching gave me the greatest compliment ever in her post today.  She mentioned how my post “A Dose of Patience: Remembering Self-Care” had impacted her own mindset as she prepares for her own impending surgical procedure and recovery process.  In her own way she showed me how, in slowing down, in thinking about my own self-care, and verbalizing it on my blog in fact effected more change and was far more “productive” than any manufactured list of “To Do’s” ever could have accomplished.  She gave me a great gift today with her sentiments about my post and in turn gave me the inspiration to pay homage myself to those that have been kind enough to mention my blog on theirs as well as send out a bit of blog love to some new blogs I have been lucky enough to discover during my bedridden recovery period. 

 

EIGHT BLOGGERS WHO HAVE KINDLY REFERENCED MY BLOG IN THEIRS:

 

1 Blisschick in the post “What Has Yoga Done For You Lately”

2 it’s all yoga, baby in the post “7 Things about Yoga and Me”

3 yoga addicted in the post “Kreativ Blogger”

4 insight health coaching in the post “A Gratitude Mish-Mash”

5 svasti: a journey from assault to wholeness  in the post “The PTSD Fog”

6 Yogic Muse in the post “Going on Vacation”

7  Heal My PTSD in the post “To Speak Or Not To Speak About Trauma”

8 Nadine Fawell’s Blog in the posts “Link Love” and “Working it Out”

 

 3 puppies all in a row

  

TEN BLOGS I HAVE DISCOVERED THAT I HAVE TOUCHED ME (emotionally, spiritually, creatively, soulfully) AND I WANT TO PAY HOMAGE TO:

 

1 Artful Happiness: News and Notes From the Happy Shack & her post “Dream Takes Shape: Part I”

2 Wish Studio: an inspiring community for creative women & the post (all great) “blowing bubbles in a concrete jungle: a joy rebel’s take on real creativity”

3 Mama-Om: hitting every bump on the path to peace & the post “You Can Dance”

4 Expressive Hart : Creative Expression for the Soul & the post “Joyful Living Workshop”

5 My Autoimmune Life: my journey as I deal with multiple autoimmune issues & the post “I didn’t expect this to be so rough”

6 Tears Behind The Smile-A Journey Through Therapy and the post “What I don’t know about Anorexia”

7 Ecoyogini and the post “Bonne Fette a Moi” (Not a new favorite but a great supporter of my blog and frequent lovely comment poster)

Life Unfolds and the post “To Create is To Destroy”

9 Ink On My Fingers and the post “Allowing Dreams”

10 Creative Therapy and the post “Catalyst Eighty-Six”

 

Beach study, shapes and textures by lepiafgeo on flickr

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