As we enter 2023, I am very grateful I made it through the genuinely nasty flu that's going around. As I continue to recover, 3-1/2 weeks and counting, I find I'm very grateful to all my loyal and caring women friends who have sent love and healing to me. If you get the flu, I have learned that rest, drinking lots of water, and being very kind to yourself work wonders. Just don't expect it to clear out of your body as quickly as other flu cases have in the past. It's sneaky!
I realized I hardly ever notice what I have to be grateful for -- I'm generally focused on what's missing, on what I need to get or achieve, and on feeling lack instead of fullness. So I will list some of the many things I am grateful for as 2022 ends.
- I'm grateful for the warmth of the electric heater beside my desk, that I am not cold, but warm and cozy even though it's very, very cold outside.
- I'm grateful for my husband and his beautiful guitar playing. It makes him so happy to play, and I love seeing him smile and laugh.
- I'm grateful for the love of my sons, who love me even though I was not the perfect Mother.
- I'm grateful for my friends who have so much faith in me and encourage me to fulfill my highest potential, giving me their truth, love, time, and energy.
- I'm grateful I have the means to eat, have shelter, listen to beautiful music, and play with my iPad and computer.
- I'm grateful I've had all the experiences I've had -- the challenges, the imagined suffering and pain, and the opportunity to use these to continue to learn and grow.
- I'm grateful for the time I spent in India, all the fantastic people I met and loved, and even those who were the most difficult to be around, for they taught me so much about myself and my capabilities for forgiveness.
- I'm grateful for my coaching clients, their faith and trust in me, and the journey we are on together to create lives of passion and purpose.
- I'm grateful I found the NLP and Coaching Institute of California and Tim and Kris Hallbom -- it changed my life in ways that are still being revealed and rid me of the last vestiges of my attachment to my old stories.
- I'm grateful I discovered Medical Cannabis and its therapeutic effects and became a Healer Certified Medical Cannabis Wellness Advisor so I can help others find relief from pain, sleeplessness, and many other health issues.
- I'm grateful I have a warm bed to get into now and great books to cuddle up with as I make my way into delicious sleep.
Now, take a few minutes and write down what you are grateful for.
She Let Go
She let go.
Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the 'right' reasons.
Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn't ask anyone for advice.
She didn't read a book on how to let go.
She didn't search the scriptures.
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn't promise to let go.
She didn't journal about it.
She didn't write the projected date in her Day-Timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn't check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn't analyze whether she should let go.
She didn't call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn't do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didn't call the prayer line.
She didn't utter one word.
She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort.
There was no struggle.
It wasn't good, and it wasn't bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.
And the sun and the moon shone on her."
Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
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