Thank you for the world so sweet
Thank you for the food we eat
Thank you for the birds that sing
Thank you God for everything.
Remember when everything was that simple?
Yesterday I read something a friend had written in a newsletter and it made me sit up and think: Radiant Recovery newsletter – Jenny’s story ( Kathleen’s article)
Talking about the ‘joy dots’ is just another way of re-framing. Noticing the ‘sparkling moments’ in our everyday lives, those tha get crowded out in the busyness, grunge and irritations of domesticity, work, relationships. Forgetting to say thank you, to each other, to Spirit or God, to ourselves.
Here is one of my favourite blogs by Leah whose mother always made her write thank you notes: Thanks
So for today here is my list:
A friendly plumber to mend the shower and stop that dripping!
Roses on the fireplace, pale pink with subtle green paper petals
For the arguments we have over silly petty things, that teach us more every day about each other
For the long-haul of a relationship through good times and bad, for knowing someone so well and being known. For sometimes wondering if we know each other at all and realsing we have lots of opportunities to get to know each other better
For kindness and compassion
For great residential care, you keep mum safe and happy and make my life a helluva lot easier and with much better sleep
For our extended, blended, complicated, wonderful family
For 4 boys who are pretty much men, you taught me unconditional love, both ways
Red post vans – always hopeful you’ll have something for me
Kindle- I love getting free books, and you are making me read ones Id never have thought of if they weren’t
The gym – I can’t use you right now, but I like it that you’re there just waiting for me to burst back through those doors and get fit
Facebook – for happy hours spent looking at other peoples photos, making me laugh out loud with my oh so witty fb friends and giving me the impression I am funny and popular in my virtual world
Meditation – every day you remind me of how much I need you, how often I forget you and how calming and centering you can be.
Affirmation – You sit by my bedside, lurk in my notebooks and journal, whisper in my head. Sometimes I remember to use you. Thank you for giving me a nudge.
Exercise – oh how I love you, let me count the ways. Erm I am working on my couch potato existence, thank you for making it possible for this curvy, unfit, 50+ gymophhobe to have a vision of a curvier, fitter,60+++
Holidays – thinking of them, dreaming of them, imagining them, planning them. Wishing we could have one, counting the pennies, hours spent on brochures, travel sections, websites and talking to friends about them. Looking at photos of them, remembering weekends from Wales to Barcelona, retreats in Salisbury and Albuquerque, summers camping in Norfolk to villa in Croatia, roughing it at Glastonbury and birthday weekends in posh hotels in Manchester.