Just about every year in November, as Thanksgiving approaches, I'm given to begin thinking in a bit more of an appreciative way. We probably all do this in one form or another. And as for me, I know I should do it more. Every day. It's one of my many important life lessons that I'm still working on and will continue to do so indefinitely.
This year I am particularly grateful for these things:
1) We finally managed to leave Seattle. It was way beyond time and we needed to make the leap. Seattle is good in many ways. Being able to choose our own path is even better.
2) Major relief from allergies has been such a blessing. A whole long summer of being allergy free was like a miracle. And having noticed a more 'normal' seasonal bit of Fall allergies with the leaves finally on the ground- and full of mold and mildew spores- tells me that being born in a place with perpetual mold and mildew, I should have relocated sooner!
3) Connections with friends have been imperative to my sanity this year especially. Move 1200 miles away and you really do find out who you're friends are! And some new insights into putting a positive spin on just about anything have been a fabulous gift from one particular friend.
4) Dogs are just awesome. They are there for you, give you purpose, love you unconditionally, and are the best form of entertainment around.
5) Seeing things with new eyes. Slowing down and really looking at all the beauty, strangeness, people around me. I have found so many things right there in front of my face that I know I would have missed had I kept up the rapid pace I had been and continued on in a subconcious way. Really living conciously takes effort and it's worth it!
6) Being open to more change. Embracing the unknown really does allow for greater possibilities. I used to think that control over your life was the ultimate freedom. That always knowing what comes next was the best way to meet goals. I have truly changed my mind. I'll always be a 'planner', but I now know the detours are often the best part.
7) I am super grateful for anything that makes me feel useful and productive. Without much work since moving to California, I have needed to reform my idea of what makes me feel worthwhile. I have a newfound deep appreciation for everything that anyone brings to the table of life. We all have so much to offer in so many ways and realizing all the different ways that is manifested is awesome!
Please do hit me up with some of your own favorite 'gratitudes' of the year!