Lessons of gratitude from my cat!

14 07 2009

“When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears”
(Anthony Robbins)

I share my home with a more mature cat, who happily lives in her own little world. The vet says that apart from her eyesight gradually failing there is nothing physically wrong with her but she does seem constantly pleasantly surprised by things.

She’ll wander past a dish of food in the same place as it has been for years and react as if this is a new addition but isn’t it wonderful.

Or she’ll wander past a box and her reaction says, “What’s that? Oh, there’s a box to curl up in, how fantastic.” Despite the fact that box has been in the same location for the last year.

Even though her eyesight isn’t what it used to be, it is as if she is constantly seeing her world with new eyes. Things that are the same as usual are apparently new to her. She seems to be exceptionally happy with the situation and her own little world and often will share this with us.

I invite you this week to take a look with new eyes at your world.

What are you grateful for? Those things that are in your life daily that maybe you take for granted.

It doesn’t matter if it is something/someone, maybe even an event, which seems large or small in significance. Who or what makes your life richer by their presence in it?

Some ideas to get you started:
The people you love and who love you
Your health
A complete accident of fate that leads to you meeting someone – for example, I’m very grateful that by chance at an event one of the few seats left in the room was next to a complete stranger I now value as a fantastic friend and colleague.
Maybe you’re grateful for the creative talents of your favourite author or artist
Perhaps it’s for someone’s exceptional skills and knowledge
Or for an invention – thank you Mr ball point for inventing something to write with that wasn’t as messy to use as a fountain pen.

On a daily basis this week make a note of things that you are grateful for and notice how different you feel.

Most people report that when they are looking for such things they are surprised at how many there are that they had missed the week before, it’s like they are seeing things with new eyes. :)

Have a week full of things to be grateful for,




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Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

24 03 2009

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“Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!”

(Amanda Bradley)

March 26th is “make up your own holiday day.” I’ve often read that a particular day is a day to celebrate x, y or z and wondered how that happened.

Don’t get me wrong, I joyfully take part in the fun of some – In the UK we have just celebrated mothers day and we’re only 179 days from International talk like a pirate day (September 19th in case you are wondering.) I just get curious about how, for example, 24th March is the American National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day (Not to be confused with the Chocolate Covered Anything Day on December 16th!)

A holiday (or holy-day) is a time to celebrate, commemorate or honour a particular event, person or thing. It is often a time designed to raise awareness/remember and generally be grateful.

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