Magic is often thought of as mystifing and amazing. Centuries before 1874 when Houdini was born, magic in some form was present.
This week, at Unity Community, the guest speaker spoke about the Magic of Gratitude. Interesting. Think about it for a minute. Gratitude can work magic. As simple as saying “thank you” when some one holds a door open for you, or bags your groceries. Simple courtesy, but not everyone takes the milisecond to say thanks. So that is gratitude at the very basic level.
The speaker suggests, from the book, The Magic, by Rhonda Byrne, that we can live an immesely gratitude filled life; and create our own sense of personal magic. Gratitude is a daily occurence, no need to wait for Thanksgiving.
Over the course of twenty-seven days, make a list of ten things for which you are grateful. Ten NEW things everday. In addition to the list, a stone (think small pet rock) or piece of mineral rock – sometimes Whole Foods haa a small assortment near the incense and essential oils. The habit of creating the daily list is essential – morning or evening may depend on your personal preference. Keep your “magic” stone near your bedside; hold it briefly before going to sleep while focusing on the major item of gratitude from the day.
In addition to making the list include why you feel grateful for each item. In order to accumulate ten new items daily, you may have to resort to very basic things often taken for granted. I am filled with gratitude that I remembered to put a spare roll of toilet paper close at hand. Because, I hate to NOT have toilet paper when and where I need it. Laugh if you want, but just think about if the toilet paper was not available. I live alone, so I can’t call out to have someone solve the problem. Nor can I place blame on anyone for using the last of the roll and leaving it empty.
Although the guidelines suggest ten new items daily, I am truly grateful everyday for my little piece of paradise here at The Creek. In addition to my home, I have met extrodinary people and made friends with many of them. One of my new friends shared a gem of a resale store with me this weekend. It’s operated by Suncoast Hospice/empath health.org and is really nice. I am grateful that I found a bamboo base sofa with pastel loose cushions for my home – at a great price. I had to hire someone to deliver it. I got the card for delivery at the cashier counter when I paid for the couch.
The movers, 4Fastmoving.com returned my call promptly. Within two hours of my call, my couch was in my family room. I am grateful that I found this group and for thei r efficiency and friendly attitudes. Grateful because otherwise I would have had to rent a van or truck. There may have been someone at the resale shoppe to help me load it but at home I would have had to unload by myself. Take the rental back, etc..
Today, ninety years ago, my mom was born. To commemerate her and celebrate her life, I planted a gardenia. Her favorite fragrence was White Gardenia. I’m grateful that I saw the potted gardenia while picking up groceries yesterday. I found a shovel in the shed left behind by the previous owner…that made the planting job much easier than if I had to borrow a shovel. Looking to the future, I will be grateful if the gardenia thrives. Historically I am not gifted with the green thumb.
Ten days ago, I had my annual mammogram. Today’s (Mom’s birthday) mail delivered “normal” results. Poignant because Mom had bilateral primary breast cancer and my oldest sister, Jackie just finished chemotherapy for triple negative breast cancer. If you recall a previous post, Alien Invasion, update is the Alien is completely gone! She now awaits a surgical date for the radical mastectomy. I am grateful that Jackie may be here at The Creek for the upcoming winter months. I have a room ready for her and a noodle for her to use for water aerobics.
I am grateful for my retirement. Maybe I need to establish more of a schedule for myself. It is so easy for me to get sucked into hours checking FaceBook. Time zips by and sometimes I am absolutely amazed by how absorbed I’ve been. This activity also cuts drastically into time previously spent reading books and or magazines. Even while I sit here blogging, it is difficult for me to ignore the ping notices from the phone. How apropo, the post is a quote from Wayne Dyer, “Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an arguement or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make. Period.”
With that in mind, choose to be filled with gratitude – everyday. When we realize how much we have for which to be grateful, every thing will seem to be a blessing.