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. “
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.