November 4

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 4: “The happiest people are not those who have the most, but those who are the most grateful for what they have.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

This is ME! I love that someone with such a cool name wrote some good stuff about gratitude and how to practice it. I found a lot of their quotes in this year’s batch.

I love doing this daily piece, but November and December are certainly my favorites, I think. But then, I tend to say that every month.

I do know that gratitude practice changed my life. And my attitude. And my entire way of being in this world. It is wonderful! I love my new home and doing this daily writing is so much greater for me than it was before.

In the home where I lived before this, I had a tiny, tiny room in which I slept. It was only big enough for a single bed and a dresser…tiny room. And it was dark and had a very low ceiling. This is the truth about the whole house. I did not enjoy spending time in my room, but that is how I had evolved my daily practice over the years.

So, I wake up and grab my pen and my journal and write and then I do my journaling for the day and then I meditate and sit. It takes about an hour for this whole thing. I was not crazy about my room, so it was total focus on the practice.

In my new room, I can get distracted, but also inspired, because I have a beautiful, giant room, full of amazing light (my whole house is!) and I look out toward the ocean, two blocks away. I can hear it if I open my window/sliding door. There are humming bird feeders hanging there, so I can watch them in the morning, along with the beauty of the place where I live. It is so beautiful, it takes my breath away! So, I understood something this morning about how different my life is from one home to the next. This is not the only way, but it is amazing!

So, I find it even more inspiring to be sitting in my beautiful new bed, which is truly stunning, writing the list and doing my morning routine. Surrounded by the trees and beauty outside, tons of buzzing humming birds, hearing the ocean, seeing the sun come up most days.

What a great life this is! I didn’t always have all of that going on in my home, but I do now. This is the culmination of over 30 years of practice, so I am very grateful for the most wonderful setting so far. I would love to stay here forever. Perhaps I will. We shall see.

I am grateful for the beautiful space and for the beautiful world and for the beautiful practice. And for the beautiful discipline which has so completely changed my life today. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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