Silver Linings in 2013


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Last year in March I started keeping track of all that I am grateful for on a free website called Art of Gratitude. It was very eye-opening and I am going to try for even more mindfulness of all that is good around me this year.  I am grateful to all of you who are taking the time to stop in here and hope that this might remind you to see all that is good in your world today, and that surrounds all of us, all day, every day …even on the “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad” ones.

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

I am grateful for my generous and compassionate heart
I am grateful for creative highs
I am grateful for loving and supportive people and animals in my life

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

I am grateful my car is fixed
I am grateful I have a job at a good place
I am grateful that I am loved

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

I am grateful I have enough money right now that I can rent a car to get  around.
I am grateful I got hired to do relief on-call at Columbia Care.
I am grateful that I will be out of my toxic work environment after Wednesday.

Monday, January 6th, 2014

I am grateful that a job opportunity at a school arose that would be perfect for me.
I am grateful I passed the paraeducator certification test.
I am grateful that I am trying my best in spite of wanting to shut down.

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

I am grateful to be leaving a toxic work environment.
I am grateful for being brave in spite of fear.
I am grateful for the frost sparkling under the morning sun as I left work this morning.

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

I am grateful that I have a job interview today.
I am grateful that I have interview clothes that fit and look nice.
I am grateful for new opportunities.

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

I am grateful for the start of a new year.
I am grateful for the positive people who are in my life.
I am grateful for the beautiful sound of the chimes on my front porch. I love to hear the variations from tiny little notes when the wind is calm to raucous, but joyous cacophony when the wind is strong. A good metaphor for how to treat the winds of life.

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

I am grateful I made it through 2013 relatively unscathed.
I am grateful for a relaxed, enjoyable Christmas with November and her pup, Lola.
I am grateful to have a home.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

I am grateful that I got over my fear and learned to love rats
I am grateful for the sweet rats I’ve had in my life
I’m grateful for the time I spent with my most special rat, Penelope

Monday, October 28th, 2013

I am grateful for bonus days of sunshine
I am grateful for knowing how to cook
I am grateful for being able to see

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

I am grateful for friends who watch out for me and want me to be happy.
I am grateful for working with people I like
I am grateful for opportunities for change

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

I am grateful that I have family
I am grateful that I have a job
I am grateful that my basic needs are met every day.

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

I am grateful that we still own a home
I am grateful I am alive and relatively healthy
I am grateful I have medicines available to me

Monday, October 7th, 2013

I am so grateful I’m not at work today. It has been total chaos.
I am grateful for my home and family
I am grateful for the wind chimes outside my front room. they always remind me to breathe and be calm.

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

I am grateful for Portland’s ever changing weather. Even tho it has been like winter for over a week, today it is back to the low 70’s!
I am grateful for making it home safely
I am grateful that the fix-a-flat worked (at least temporarily)

Monday, September 30th, 2013

I am grateful that my mom is still alive and that our relationship is so much better now
I am grateful for my relationship with my daughter and I hope it continues to grow
I am grateful for delicious Thai food from Baiyok in Portland, Oregon

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

I am grateful to have a car
I am grateful to have protection from the rain
I am grateful for people online that i have built relationships with

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

grateful that even though i feel like shit, I am alive
I am grateful for being creative and appreciating the creativity of others.
I am grateful for being creative and appreciating the creativity of others.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

I am grateful for sunbreaks at the end of a rainy day
I am grateful for the changing of the seasons
I am grateful to have friends

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

I am grateful that I found flowers cheap enough to buy a bouqet.
I am grateful for delicious produce and Dave’s Killer Bread
I am grateful I still have leftover pizza.

Friday, September 20th, 2013

I am grateful that I get such joy from making things
I am grateful for the use of my hands and arms
I am grateful that I can still see.

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

I am grateful for the kind taxi driver who gave me a discounted fare because i work in a mental health field.
I am grateful for my co-worker giving me a ride home.
I am grateful to John for taking the dogs out to go to the bathroom cuz he knows i’m tired.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

I am grateful that I have enough money for a cab when my car isn’t working
I am grateful for Portland’s sun breaks
I am grateful for left-over pizza when I wake up hungry

Monday, September 16th, 2013

I am grateful that the weather has cooled down.
I am grateful to be alive even though i’m not feeling 100%
I am grateful for access to medicinal teas

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

I am grateful for being creative and appreciating the creativity of others.
I am grateful for small daily blessings – a snuggly black cat, dogs that eagerly wait for me to come home, a partner that cares how my day was.
I am grateful for all the toys and tools I own.

Friday, September 13th, 2013

I am grateful for the times i feel happy for no reason
I am grateful for the times I witness people being sweet to one another
I am grateful that I have crystals in my house that bounce rainbows throughout the house when the sun shines and remind me of the light and joy that is present in each moment.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

I am grateful for the abundance of food choices we have in this country
My little black cat that comes running as soon as she sees the car pull in
I am grateful for the stamina I have to keep going in spite of obstacles and pain

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

I am grateful for the resources I have available to me.
I am grateful for knowledge.
I am grateful for any small amount of wisdom I gain

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

I am grateful that humans live longer than they used to.
I am grateful for the good health i enjoy most of the time
I am grateful for a safe place to live

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

I am grateful to Sweetie for leaving us money that has helped us stay in our home.
I am grateful for health.
I am grateful for a job.

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

I am grateful for my complex body that takes in air without my conscious intent and functions automatically on so many different levels.
I am grateful for the changes I have seen through learning mindfulness and meditation.
I am grateful to be alive and well.

Monday, May 27th, 2013

I am grateful for the rain that helps heal my outdoor plants and water my tree.
I am grateful for my home that protects me from the rain.
I am grateful for my children and grandchildren (and grand-dog)

Monday, May 6th, 2013

I am grateful for the healing power of water.
I am grateful for my animals.
I am grateful that I am not as sad today as I was yesterday.

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

I am grateful to myself for trying so hard to take better care of myself
I am grateful to myself for not giving up
I am grateful to myself for trying to be kind and gentle with myself and others.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

I am grateful to be alive
I am grateful to be relatively safe and healthy
I am grateful for sunshine.

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

I am grateful that I reconnected with a therapist I knew from work. I always liked her and thought I’d like her as a friend, but it wasn’t possible at the time. Today she asked me to friend her on Facebook. We are both artists so it is a nice connection to have here.
Grateful for water, especially hot water that works its magic on my muscles
I am grateful for fast food. I hate it at times, but i have to admit that it makes life much easier.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

I am so grateful that my depression is somewhat under control. No more drowning in the black relentless cloud. My love and wishes for healing go out to all who still suffer.
I am so grateful that my little Franny dog didn’t die after she was accidentally poisoned by puncturing an albuterol cannister.
I am grateful that i live with someone who loves and understands me.

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

I am so grateful for sun breaks. I never knew that term until I moved to Portland, Oregon.
I am grateful for the things my body can still do.
I am grateful for clean countertops.

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

I am grateful for all that I have learned, and continue to learn from Pema Chodron.
I am grateful that my mom is still alive and is finding peace and happiness.
I am grateful for family bonds that stay strong in spite of distance.

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

I am grateful for the little birds that come back each year and build their nest in the eaves of my garage. I love to watch them fly up with small brush to build their nests.
I am grateful for the delicious coconut-y valerian tea my daughter sent for my birthday. Grateful for her love and caring and how I am reminded of it each time I drink a cup.
I am grateful for my loving husband and my loving pets.

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

I am grateful for having a computer.
I am grateful that I have the use of my arms
I am grateful for the sound of little dog paws.

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

I am grateful for my animals and the unconditional love they give
I am grateful for my health
I am grateful that my mom is still alive

Monday, March 11th, 2013

I am grateful for kindness in small interactions with people throughout the day
I am grateful for Mexican Mochas and all their delicious flavors and the jolt of caffeine.
I am grateful for having an osteopath who is approaches aligning the body with intuition and knowledge and can restore my body to pain-free

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

I am grateful for the time i spent with supportive, fun, engaging friends
I am grateful for people who spent time and energy to make my birthday special
I am grateful for my thoughtful, loving daughter who sent me a special “treasure chest” care package of little things she knew i’d like.

Friday, March 1st, 2013

I am grateful for my sweet animals
I am grateful for the little girl who looked at me so sweetly and said “I like your hair”.
I am grateful for my sweet, supportive, kind, smart and funny mate

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2 Responses to “Silver Linings in 2013”

  1. snellopy Says:

    What a marvellous list mate! I’m glad that you’ve found so many (and varied) things to be grateful for. Also very pleased you managed to get out of the job you hated and found something else!

    • eileen2000 Says:

      thanks, snellopy! How have you been? I haven’t been on SB in a bit, just trying to do the day to day stuff and adapt to changes.

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