As I was writing my post last week, Good Mood of the Soul, I came across the research that joy and gratitude often result in an upward spiral. The more we focus on gratitude, the easier it is to perceive joy. And when in the midst of joy, we are more open to gratitude.
So here’s the list of things I’m grateful for this week:
For everyone that is willing to read why I am grateful for
That I can still hear the Click and Clack, the Car Talk brothers in the Cars movies.
The quiet way my three-year-old son says, “you are my best mom friend” to me so that I have to lean down to hear. In that position it goes directly from my ear to my heart.
That we have the ability to take pictures with our hearts.
The way it sounds when my daughter says, “I’m thankful for the tooth fairy.” while missing her two front teeth.
For out-of-the blue notes from individuals I admire telling me something I’ve done right.
That I’ve been able to learn, to some degree, how to fix the things that I’ve done wrong.
That broken eggs make food, literal and metaphorical.
For whoever invented yoga pants and made messy hair look sexy, at least on the West Coast. And if that was only in the 90’s and is no longer a thing, for anyone that continues to let me think that.
Speaking of inventions, whoever invented self-sealing water balloons that fill 20 at a time.
That life keeps giving me opportunities to learn that suffering just softens me up for the next great thing.
For every grown-up that showed me what vulnerability looked like when I was a kid.
For every grown-up that shows me what vulnerability is when I’m a grown-up.
For this necklace I bought on a whim and have worn for 20 years that says, “Strength is having a grateful life” and that I have grown into knowing what that means.
Cool sheets on a hot night.
That I have a bed to sleep in.
Green tea on dark mornings.
That connect-the-dots works in art and in life.
For the human traits of kindness, courage and generosity.
For the Divine traits of grace, faith, hope and love.
For the times I’ve been on my knees needing loyalty, courage, generosity, grace, faith, hope and love – and that what I’ve received in those moments has opened me up to knowing what those traits are in my bones.
I am grateful for upward spirals.
What are you grateful for this week? What have you learned about upward spirals?
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