A gratitude list

I’ve been wondering where this blog was going to next.  This challenge on Tales from the Motherlandgives me a way in.

“Set a timer for 15 minutes. Really; do it (it’s in red, clearly I mean it). This isn’t your usual post. It’s meant to be as spontaneous as you can be. It’s not supposed to be finessed, but from the heart. You’re not explaining every thing you put on your list, you are just listing as many things as you can, in 15 minutes. Once you start the timer, start your list. The goal is to write things that make you happy, or things you’re grateful for. Don’t think too hard; just write what comes to mind in the time allotted. If you use the numbered mode and just type what comes to mind, it’s easy. When the timer’s done, finish whatever sentence you’re on and stop writing. If you’d like to add links or photos, do it after the timer; keep your list short and spontaneous. “

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1/ I’m grateful for good food.   These  ancient grains and strange seeds you can get now really seem help with stamina.

2/ I’m grateful for light, sunlight, warmth of summer even when it gets too hot for comfort it brings a lovely sense of ease to my muscles

3/ I’m grateful for the garden in this rental house I moved to last year.   The enormous ash tree had me a bit in awe at first but yesterday something clicked.   I started to think about that ambiguous agender ash fairy.   What a glorious energy to nurture in 2019.

4/ I am grateful I could borrow my daughter’s garden rake and start to tidy up this wild overgrown yard.     I’ve been missing the Medicine Wheel I made in the backyard of my old rental.   (I dismantled it in a ritualized way  before I left ).    The layout of this yard makes creating another one difficult.   I decided (influenced by the agender ash fairy I think)  to use the existing rocks in this yard to create a ring around the ash tree.   I guess it will be more of a fairy ring – if you can have made of lava stone – but I will still mark the Four Directions.   I don’t think it will easy to walk around inside it.   This time I will have walk the circumference when I call in the Four Directions.

5/ I’m grateful that I learnt this stuff about the Four Directions in 2017/18.   It gives a focus to my day to start of by walking the Medicine Wheel first thing.

6/ I’m grateful for coffee.

7/ I’m grateful for family and friends.   Particularly the little guys in my life.   My autistic grandson – watching him so diligently and wholeheartedly ignoring us all on Christmas Day while he coloured in the pictures in a colouring book someone had given him.   His focus was so intense.   Admirable really.    Something to learn from.   Such wholehearted focus on what he was doing.   With my current 15 second ‘I’ve been on the internet too long’ scattered brained attention  span I think I’ll take out a leaf out of his book.

8/ I’m grateful for what I’m learning from my other little grandsons that have verbal apraxia.   One quite badly, the younger one not so much.   From both I am learning to slow down.   To choose my words with care.   To listen more carefully to what others are saying.   Also these two little guys seems to have something that is missing for most of us – they are really attuned to visual stimuli and notice things that barely register with me.  They bring something new to our family.

9/ I’m grateful for my life.   It’s precious.   I realised that when I started to recover from illness last year.   Although it’s hard to keep the feeling going within life’s hurly burly its something I want to consider more and more in 2019.

10/   I’m grateful for my creative abilities – my camera, the things that inspire me etc.

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16 thoughts on “A gratitude list

  1. This is beautiful, Suzanne!!
    Whatever you’ll do around/near/by your Ash Fairy tree will be your ritual, your place of intent, your energy-being-tapping-into. If it feels right, it IS right. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing a bit about the gifts of your grandchildren’s challenges–not that it makes any of the struggles easy, only that so often people do not see the gifts taught to us by children who have different abilities. It is always a path. We can always learn something. I am so grateful you are listening to them in more way than one. Being seen and heard is the best medicine for anyone. Even if they don’t know how to say it or show it.

    Here’s to health, and ability, and the gentle balance of so much.

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  2. There are so many things to be grateful for, Suzanne, yet the mindset so easily turns to ‘need/want’. Not in a material way but the pursuit of happiness. And it does no good to pursue it because it runs away. Wishing you many more restorative thoughts and things to be grateful for in 2019. 🙂 🙂

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    1. Thanks Jo. It is the season of needs and wants down here I think. Summer holidays and it seems like everyone in the state has hit the beaches with trailer loads of gear – surf boards, stand up paddle boards, tents, brand new clothes, camping gear, jet skis etc etc. You name it and someone either just got one or wants one. 🙂

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  3. Suzanne, thanks so much for joining my 5th annual Attitude of Gratitude challenge. I love reading each post and finding new things to focus on… there is so much to be appreciative of! I’m looking forward to reading more about your magical garden and the Four Directions; I’m intrigued! I didn’t see your post on the InLinkz; did you have trouble adding it? I’d be happy to help, if you’d like. Again, thanks so much for taking the time to share your wonderful list!


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