“No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what your current circumstances, the magic of gratitude will change your entire life.”–Rhonda Byrne
I recently did all the exercises in Rhonda Byrne’s book The Magic, including writing down ten things to be thankful for everyday for 28 days and reading the entire list everyday. By the 28th day the list had 280 sentences and took about 25 minutes to read out loud. This exercise changed my perspective, my thoughts, and my life. After I finished the 28th day, I was relieved and saddened that the 25 minute daily ritual was over. I knew I should continue the practice, but it seemed like a lot of work.
Then I stumbled upon iRuniBreathe’s blog. She listed 5 things to be grateful for on the sidebar of her blog everyday, archived the list daily, and posted them at the end of the month. Truth be told iRuniBreathe got the idea from Writing Ruth.
This is my archive that I will post at the end of the month. Note that some of the things I am grateful for have not happened yet, but I am creating the reality of them happening through gratitude.
Thank you for my wife feeling better after taking vitamin D; strider bikes; long walks in our neighborhood; a call from my dear friend, Nancy; my cousin’s critical thinking.
Thank you for Sunday picnic; my 5 year old son scoring 3 goals sporting a Mohawk; a whole day with my family; a purpose driven life; dreams that reconcile a past wrong.
Thank you for my wife’s love even when she is exhausted; reconnecting with friends who I thought had abandoned me; ripe, juicy tomatoes; Vega-One supplements; all the inspiration I am blessed with everyday.
Thank you for clean fresh water; time spent outdoors; my sons’ healthy appetites; the simplicity of Thich Nhat Hanh’s writing; realizing that I am like my step-father.
Thank you for parallel realities; releasing those around me who are on a different vibration; walking my sons to school with my wife; realizing how little I need from the outside world; the bonds that grow stronger with my blogging best friends.
Thank you for meditation premonitions; Peace in Marriage; the Tibetan 5 Rites Yoga; changing my reactions to a lagging reality; my son’s demands to “sweep wit me right NOW!”
Thank you for raspberry fingertips; the dinner discussion about meditation I had with my sons; twisted logic of childhood innocence: “Are monks bald like my pee-pee, Daddy?”; the new website; slowing down to enjoy my sons.
Thank you for <a href=”http://seraphim6.me/2013/05/11/my-most-perfect-prayer-for-april-2013/?utm_source=feedly”>Sunshine’s Gratitude post</a>; Costco rotisserie chicken; Scooby Doo and how my sons try to sing the theme song; the vision to see we still have injustices to overcome; MLK’s “I have a dream” speech”-”their destiny is tied up with our destiny.”
Thank you for the amazing under 12 soccer game we watched today; dreams of travel to Japan; how my 3 year old mimics his older brother’s kung fu moves; clarity of purpose in my life; my wife, the mother of our children. Happy Mother’s Day, Honey.
Thank you for Coldplay; Rarasaur and all the magic she gives for free; Mother Gaia and all she provides; Seva and Dana; faith in the Universe–”Life is so intelligent.”
Thank you for cutting and pasting between different programs. Word>Firefox; release of need; the talk about raising boys I listened to today; thoughtful emails; another bout of creative insomnia.
Thank you for the abundance of laughter from my sons; my younger son’s ploys to avoid bedtime; feedly.com; the phone call from Chuy that reaffirmed my purpose; all the Light and Spirit I am showered with everyday.
Thank you for the reminder to stop thinking about money everyday; 30 day money back guarantees; field trips for my kindergartener; the wonderful birthday wishes; the massager and thoughtful gifts from my wife.