Wouldn't it be interesting if there was an app to warn of upcoming challenges and lessons? Today will be easy but the next two days you may be challenged with tests of patience and understanding. Would knowing ahead of time help us navigate those challenges or would it build up in the mind and become more than it needed to be?
Perhaps it is just as well to focus on today. In fact, by focusing on only today and this moment and choosing that it will be an easy, happy day I significantly raise my chances of that happening. I can create my day to be just that, happy and easy.
So today I would like to focus on the delight of Fall. Most of the leaves have fallen from the trees and the colors have changed to shades of brown and yet I see beauty all around me. I love the crunch underfoot. And this is where I will find my gratitude today.
I'm grateful for the leaves crunching as I walked the dogs out to potty. I'm grateful for the fun swirl of leaves caught on the wind. And I'm grateful for the laugh it gave me as it gave me a startle. I'm grateful to hear my dogs crunching around in the leaves in the yard and for the bare trees that make it easier to see them as they wander. I'm grateful for the little red berries still clinging to the honeysuckle even as I am grateful that someday the honeysuckle will be cleared. I'm grateful for the spirit of this week and the thankful people I meet. I'm grateful to do my part to help people relax and find gratitude before the holidays. And I'm grateful for the kitchen smelling like pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!
What Fall delights are you grateful for today? What is your favorite smells this time of year?
May today bless you with time to appreciate nature. May you take a moment to contemplate all the blessings in your life. And may gratitude fill you with happiness. Have a beautiful day!