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What are you grateful for?

I know this is a topic typically discussed in November, but shouldn't gratitude be a part of every day life? Lately we have been doing a lot of work on our back yard, I.e. building a garden, planting seeds and plants, and shifting our deck around to make it a little more open. One of my favorite parts of the day is first thing in the morning, going out on the deck, sipping my lemon water/coffee and just being. I find myself struck with such a blissful feeling in simply being. I get to sit and view my beautiful yard and plants. I get to listen to the sounds and watch the birds. I get to enjoy my morning beverage one sip at a time. Some days I am alone, and others I have company (sometimes human sometimes pup), and no matter what, the feeling is the same. I am grateful. On days where I get to take a walk, I do my best to leave my phone in my pocket. To truly focus on being present, and not just capture the moment, but be in the moment. The other day, I found so much joy in watching a bee buzz from rose to rose. Rolling around in the pollen, living his best life.

More and more I find myself feeling truly grateful. A couple years ago, I was getting close to finishing my, at the time, current gratitude journal. I went online and ordered three new different gratitude journals to use as I filled each up. A couple days ago, I got out the third one as I finished the second. One of my favorite parts of getting different ones is as each is asking what you are grateful for, each has something different about it, and that allowed me to change my gratitude practice a little bit with each journal. The one I am using now not only asks for what I am grateful for, but to write down the happy moments, no matter how big or small they may be. In the last several years, there are days I missed the written part of this practice. But on those days, I tried to pause and acknowledge when I felt grateful for something. I believe that in starting my day appreciating my blessings, has allowed me to feel so blessed in such simplicity.

So, I ask you, what are you grateful for?

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