Gratitude brings a shift in consciousness. It can literally change your neural pathways to allow you to feel happiness more easily. I hope that these posts inspire you to think of your own: Ten Things of Thankful!
1. Talented and kind medical professionals.
2. The big old tree in our backyard. As I sit at my desk typing away, I look out on this huge maple, limbs spreading out to the neighbors yard and leaves traveling even farther in the fall. There are squirrels running back and forth and up and down all year round. Then when spring hits, the birds arrive. Their mating songs are a joy to hear and we know that warmer temps are soon to follow.
3. Volodymyr Zelensky.
4. My friends, Jim and Satomi. They could have stayed safe and comfortable in their home, but they didn’t. They went to Poland and volunteered to help in whatever way was needed. I’m truly in awe of their compassion and their sense of duty to be of service.
5. People who think differently than I do and who are willing to respectfully discuss our beliefs without trying to convert me.
6. Playing solitaire when my mind is overwhelmed with input. A few minutes of the repetitive soft click of the mouse on a non-demanding task allows me to release excess mental energy.
7. Gluten-Free cake mixes. They’re so quick and easy! I still like experimenting with my own GF flour blends, but these make it so simple to have a safe, tasty treat.
8. My mother-in-law was a talented sculptor. She traveled to Pietrasanta, Italy, and chose this marble from the same mountain where Michelangelo chose his. Every time I see this I think of her, a kind, gentle, unassuming woman with an extraordinary talent.
9. So many apples to choose from! My favorite (this week) is the organic Cosmic Crisp, they’re sweet and crunchy. They’d be perfect in any baked good but never seem to last long enough to get into a pan.
10. The smell of the air as it changes from winter to spring.