November 29

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 29: “A grateful heart turns a mundane day into a miracle.”― Toni Sorenson

I have never had a mundane day that I know of. There were quite a few in the early years that were lost to me in blackouts, but never a mundane day.

I guess I learned to practice mindfulness and gratitude early on. I can often pick out so many interesting details in each day that they are always miraculous to me. There is a lot of loss in my life, so I found out that missing moments was devastating many, many years ago.

That gave me a sense of mindfulness that many people never get. It may also be that I was gifted as a child with total recall and an almost photographic memory. (Since lost, due to drug and alcohol damage, of course.) But I find so many things to write about each morning in my gratitude letter. I am grateful for the visits I have with friends and neighbors and that we are all careful to guard each-others’ health in this time of Covid. And I am grateful for the wonderful phone calls I have with people, at least 3-5 each day. I make lots of calls, and texting does not count. Every day, no matter what.

So every day is a gift for me, the animals and birds that I see around my house are always a great gift. Listening to the mighty Pacific roar at night; this time of year especially, makes me so joyful. Being able to walk out into my yards and see ALL the stars and the moon so beautifully because I live in a place with no street lights and few lights at all at night. Mindful town here. I love that!

Every day my cat or my neighbors’ animals do funny things. There is always something happening when I pay attention to life instead of a cell phone or screen of some kind. I am present. And mindfulness gives me full attention to what is going on. Even though it may seem mundane to others, I am living fully in life. I have never missed a moment that was in front of me. And only what is in front of me is valuable for me and to me. All of life is miraculous…every breath, every step, every second, every beat of a magical heart that takes me from this moment into this. Isn’t that amazing? Yeah, I know it is!

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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