30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 31

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Happy Last Day of 2020!

Today is also the last day of this series of 3 Gratitudes.  I hope, though, that you continue each day to think of at least 3 things you’re grateful for.  Scientists have proven the immense physiological and psychological benefits of gratefulness and, of course, for centuries spiritual leaders have been telling us that being grateful is the right way to live life.

In keeping with my challenge this week, these are 3 gratitudes related to difficulties:

The difficulty:  Yesterday we discovered another setback knotted up in the mess of our beloved family member’s finances.  After a year of digging through the muck and mire, it’s very, very discouraging to still be finding surprises.

  • I am grateful I have a team of family members standing strong and helping me to stand strong during this continuing discovery and working-through-to-solutions process;
  • I am grateful for these heartbreaking difficulties because they’re teaching me that it’s possible to take the next tiny step, in spite of my overwhelming desire to run far, far away;
  • I am grateful that I’ve learned to lob myself softballs when looking for the tiny next step to take—find the little bit of action I can take that’s well within my capabilities, that’s easy for me to do.
  • Bonus gratitude:  I am grateful for the deeper compassion I have developed through this process of caring for my loved one.  I am much more attuned and sensitive to people who are vulnerable.  I do what I can to help and protect them, including supporting agencies, organizations, and individuals who are also watching out for and protecting people who are very vulnerable.

Feel free to share in the comments below the difficulties for which you are grateful.  Thank you!

If you think these posts will benefit loved ones, friends, and others you know, please feel free to share them!  Thank you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I’m excited for the Big Adventure awaiting us in 2021!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 30

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These are 3 difficulties that I’m grateful for:

  • I am grateful I was furloughed from my job.  A company graciously made room for me as my original company gets back on its feet.
  • I am grateful to be temporarily at this new company—even though it’s only temporary==because the  new company has a wonderful attitude toward its employees;
  • I am grateful for the department I’m in and the team members I’m working with because they are welcoming, helpful, and supportive.
  • I am so grateful that everything is working out—and I trust that everything will continue to work out well.

Feel free to share in the comments below the difficulties for which you are grateful.  Thank you!

Please share this post with your friends and loved ones.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 29

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As I was driving to work this morning, I was thinking about this month of 30 Days of Gratitude.  I realized that the vast majority of my gratitudes were all things that brought me joy and made me feel good in some way—peaceful, content, confident, valued…. 

Then I thought about the “bad” stuff—the obstacles, difficulties, and heartbreaks.  I don’t think many of those—if any!—made it to my gratitude list…yet. 

Okay.  I’m going to challenge myself for the rest of this week—the remainder of 2020—to think about the difficulties and heartbreaks and other “bad” stuff that happened this year.  I’ll view it from the lens of how each one of those events may have benefitted me—and then be grateful for that benefit. 

Would you like to join me?

Here goes!  These are my 3 gratitudes for today–difficulties that I’m grateful for:

  • I am grateful to have taken over the care of a beloved family member.  It’s been a very difficult journey getting everything straightened out, but I’m grateful because now I know for sure our beloved relative is getting the care, the supplies, and the services that she needs.  That all of her needs—including her financial affairs—are being handled with love and compassion;

 

  • I’m grateful that my family has come together to support me in taking care of our beloved family member.  They have devoted countless hours of hard work in untangling the financial mess, thinking through the home maintenance issues with me and coming up with creative cost-effective fixes, and supporting me as I’ve dealt with attorneys, accountants, and other professionals;

 

  • I’m very grateful for the lessons learned from this whole experience:  family really does come together in a time of trouble; there are professionals who will stand beside you and fight for what’s right for your loved one; many times my heart broke but that breaking made my heart able to be more compassionate and hold more loving kindness; I don’t have to “do it all”—others will help; I don’t have to have everything figured out and have answers for every possible permutation of a problem, I can let it unfold as it will and handle the issues as they come up; I can let go and step back and let others step forward and shine as they unleash their talents and expertise.

 

As much as we may want to stomp our foot and cry “Unfair!” when “bad stuff’ happens, we also have to admit that there is usually a silver lining.  Are there difficulties you experienced this year that now in looking back you have come to recognize the gift they gave you?  Feel free to share your gratitudes in the comments below.  Thank you!

Please share this post with your friends and loved ones.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

 

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 28

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Ack!  This didn’t post as it should have!  Sorry about that.

Welcome to the last few days of 2020.  It’s the perfect time for a little light evaluation of your 3 gratitudes over this past month.  For my own, I’ve noticed most of my gratitudes have to do with being grateful for my friends and loved ones as well as being grateful for Mother Nature’s splendor.  I find I’m also grateful for the peace and inner quiet I find during the day.

There isn’t any right or wrong thing to be grateful for and it isn’t good and it isn’t bad if your gratitudes fall in a wide range of categories or if they fall into one or two categories.  This evaluation exercise is to bring attention to what you are focusing on or what you are noticing.  This gives you the opportunity to think about it and decide if this supports and enhances you living your soul-prospering life.

Let me know what you think.  Together we can help each other live the soul-prospering lives we’ve always dreamed of!

My 3 gratitudes for today are;

  • I am grateful to work from home today.  It’s a nice transition back to work after a few days off to celebrate Christmas;
  • I’m grateful that my loved ones and friends all found a way to connect over the holidays.  Even though it wasn’t quite the same as in-person visiting, I enjoyed seeing everyone and spending time with them on Zoom.  Thank you Zoom!
  • I’m grateful that it’ll be clear tonight so I can gaze at the stars and the moon that is nearly full.

What are your 3 gratitudes for today?  Feel free to share them in the comments below.  Thank you!

Please share this post with your friends and loved ones.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 27

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My 3 gratitudes for today are;

  • I’m grateful for a good friend who helped me with a difficult project today that’s part of a larger onerous;
  • I’m grateful for a sunny day;
  • I’m grateful that the stars and the moon are out tonight—very pretty!

What are your 3 gratitudes for today?  Feel free to share them in the comments below.  Thank you!

Please share this post with your friends and loved ones.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 26

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My 3 gratitudes for today are;

  • I’m grateful for a quiet day to transition from the Christmas and Holiday Seasons to preparations for the New Year;
  • I’m grateful for a sunny day;
  • I’m grateful for hanging laundry outside in the fresh air, even though it’s cold!

What are your 3 gratitudes for today?  Feel free to share them in the comments below.  Thank you!

Please share this post with your friends and loved ones.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 25

Merry Christmas!  Best wishes for a lovely celebration.

My 3 gratitudes for today are;

  • I am grateful for my loved ones and friends, for their love, encouragement, and support this year;
  • I am grateful for a very quiet day with no demands and no deadlines to deal with;
  • I am grateful for all of you for reading my posts, liking them and sharing your thoughts.  Thank you!

What are your 3 gratitudes for today?  Feel free to share them in the comments below.  Thank you!

As always, feel free to share this post with friends and loved ones.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 24

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Christmas Eve!

Do you remember the excitement you felt and could barely contain when you were young?  Let’s have that same enthusiastic anticipation today, this Christmas Eve 2020!

My 3 gratitudes for today are;

  • I am grateful for all the people who thought of me this Christmas with little gifts and heartwarming cards;
  • I am grateful for all the decorations people put out this year—many went all out and it’s been fun taking drives to view them;
  • I am grateful for the lives of loved ones and friends who are no longer with us and how their love touched my life and made it delightful in many many ways.

What are your 3 gratitudes for today?  Feel free to share them in the comments below.  Thank you!

As always, feel free to share this post with friends and loved ones.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 23

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My 3 gratitudes are:

  • Giving myself the time after my quiet contemplation to grab my binoculars and gaze at the stars in the very early morning sky.  I even saw a satellite pass by!
  • Coming to a natural stopping point in my projects at work so I can have a clear mind during my Christmas celebrations;
  • Listening to one of my favorite Christmas albums that we listened to growing up (Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Christmas Album).

Please share yours in the comments below.  Also, if you know of a friend or loved one who would enjoy these posts, please feel free to forward them.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 22

Lately I’ve been thinking about the New Year and how it can be better than 2021.  I think every one of us is!  I’m hopeful that the plans I’m formulating for this blog will make it even more valuable and helpful for you in 2021.

My 3 gratitudes for today are;

  • I am grateful for the insights I have about this blog and how I will implement them;
  • I am grateful for my morning practice of quiet contemplation (same as meditation and prayer, just a different name!).  It helps me start my day with peaceful creativity and sometimes shows all possibilities opening before me;
  • I am grateful for my new evening practice of just before sleep, letting go of the world and slipping into Primordial Energy.
  • Bonus gratitude:  I am grateful for beginning to find my own pace.  The Big Surprise—that’s really no surprise at all—it’s MUCH slower than the frenetic, rushing hither and thither pace that I’ve tried to maintain over the years.  I thought that’s what I was supposed to do to get everything done and to have a good life.  Wrong!!!

What are your 3 gratitudes for today?  What insights are you grateful for?  Feel free to share them in the comments below.  Thank you!

As always, feel free to share this post with friends and loved ones.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren