Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Gratitude -- Day Sixteen
We're at the halfway point (unless, of course, this gets to be a habit...)
Today I am grateful for:
1. IKEA. My house is beginning to look like an IKEA catalog. The picture above is of a "curtain" I made at Christmas in my family room. It looks much warmer and glows more in real life but I lack the skill to photograph is properly. We hung these star lights in the window like a curtain. They brighten the corner and reflect in the windows without overpowering the room. We all liked them so much we decided to leave them up all year. Luckily I bought a slew of these so when these finally die I have more just waiting in the wings.
2. Monet and Thiebault (my canaries) singing up a storm despite the gloomy skies outside the window. They remind me that no matter how dark the clouds may seem there is always room for song.
3. Optimism. Wikipedia defines it as, "an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome". I always think of it as "reframing". As long as you can find something, anything, about a situation that is positive, or where you've learned something, you avoid falling into the pit of being the victim. I certainly count myself as an optimist and think it has served me well. It is a subject that fascinates me and I can't wait to see "Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist" on TV tomorrow night.
4. Crystals. I'm grateful for all kinds of crystals. While it is fascinating to read about all the healing properties of crystals I guess my favorite thing about them is how they can turn light into rainbows.
5. Martinis--always gin and with three olives. No matter how optimistic you are, or how many rainbows you look for, every now and then there's nothing like a good, stiff drink.