Photo by Tawneey Larkin of Me and Blythe
My daughter, Blythe, turns 16 today. IT is hard to believe that 16 years ago I was in the hosptial giving birth to the greatest blessing in my life.
We had a pirate themed family party for her last night which is why I am wearing an eye patch in the picture. Blythe made the eye patch for me a while ago with her 49ers duct tape.
Photo Credit: Cheryl Larkin – I took this just outside of Bisbee, AZ
I wrote about Gratitude earlier in the year but I feel compelled to write again. I had grasped the concept before but I wasn’t truly living it. Now that I am living it, I realize just how powerful it truly is.
I have been going back reading my blog from the beginning and it is quite an experience. It is interesting to see how I have changed over the last year or so. It has been quite a journey, certainly intense at times, terrifically tramatic at times and absolutely perfect.
I never saw where this journey was leading me, at least not entirely. I knew I was heading somewhere I had never been and that it would be terrific for me, but I had no idea just how profound it would be.
It is entertaining to me to read some of the really old posts and see what I was stretching for. All along I just wanted to be happy and throughout this journey there have been some times when I was happy, but not truly happy.
Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, say, a consumer-oriented emphasis on what one wants or needs—and is currently receiving a great deal of attention as a facet of positive psychology. Gratitude is what gets poured into the glass to make it half full. Studies show that gratitude not only can be deliberately cultivated but can increase levels of well-being and happiness among those who do cultivate it. In addition, grateful thinking—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased levels of energy, optimism, and empathy. – Psychology Today
I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, or more precisely feeling a lot of this lately. I’m not sure I really knew what gratitude truly meant until I started awakening to Spirit. I was certainly thankful for things but pure gratitude is another thing. It is more powerful and is a true feeling deep in my soul.
Sometime after my rebirth I began ending each day talking to Spirit, Mother Earth, and the Universe. I just share whatever is on my mind and I always state how grateful I am to have lived another glorious day. This wasn’t planned. It just sort of happened.