I have seen the above video a couple of times, and could watch it much more. I think this was the inspiration for one of my Einstein shower thoughts about being grateful for every bit of my existence.
What if I remembered that I wasn’t taking any material things with me after this lifetime? (Even my physical body!) What if I woke up in the morning, grateful for the opening of my eyes? Grateful to have this physical body? Grateful for breath, for heart beats, for working body parts? What if I were grateful for the carpet, floor, and house when I swung my feet over the side of the bed? We could go on and on, right?
But, do you see? I’m beginning to see that there is gratitude, and there is GRATITUDE. Something I’d like to strive for, for sure. I hope you enjoy the video. 🙂
Much love, many blessings. ❤
This is a shoutout to one particular set of my tutoring parents who are super, super awesome. I’d like to start by saying that many parents have been awesome , supportive, and thankful for my services this year, but I am amazed by this particular pair. (I will not name names — I will call them “Dad” and “Mom”–, but that won’t stop me from lauding their coolness!)
Why they are so awesome:
- They didn’t interview me in person; I came in and started right to work! (Very trusting!)
- They wanted me to tutor writing and clarinet – two of my favorite things!
- The lessons are for enrichment, so I have a bit of freedom in my planning.
- They offered me water during my first lesson. (After that I started bringing water bottles, so they didn’t need to give me anything.)
- They told me they were concerned that I wasn’t getting paid enough through the tutoring company.
- They invited me to stay for lunch one time when they had an exchange student staying.
- They ask me “if it’s ok” when they are cancelling a lesson ahead of time.
- They have no problem with me needing to cancel ahead of time.
- They told me not to come if it’s snowing.
- Chocolate for Christmas!
- This last lesson when I asked to take off my shoes because they had snow on them, Dad brought me slippers to use, since I was in socks! At the end of the lesson Mom carried my shoes across the floor for me so that I could walk through the garage on my way out and avoid the snow.
- We’ve had lesson for over half a year together, and we’re still going strong!
And generally, these parents are the sweetest, most polite and friendly people I have ever worked with. It is a pleasure to enter their home. They lift me up and inspire me to try to be just as caring.
Kudos, Mom and Dad!
Believe it or not, one of my New Year’s Resolutions has been to be grateful. I feel like I’ve been a very negative person lately, so I’m glad to take the time to do this.
Things I am grateful for (and NOT in order of value):
Big Bang Theory
my wonderful boyfriend/almost fiance
my parents and sister
political unrest and absolution
seeing an old friend and reconnecting as if we’d never parted
clothing that lasts for years!
my beautiful body
the earth beneath my feet
lack of murderous solar flares
people who smile
people who want to make a difference
parties and partyers
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