A friend and I were talking yesterday about where we were and what we were going through a year ago and if anything has really changed. Even when it doesn't seem like it, I believe it has changed because we have changed. The effects may be subtle or perhaps it changed so subtly that we just do not see the extent of how much it has shifted. This is one way a journal or blog comes in handy. After a night of little sleep as my sweet dog had a relapse of being terrified of storms and waking the last two mornings feeling unable to hold meditation space for more than five minutes, I decided to check in with just where I had been one year ago. For starters it was just a few days before I met the man I love and live with today in person for the first time. Looking back at September 17th, 2013's blog post, I read in humor about the rainy morning and the inability to get into meditation space because of my four-legged house guests that I was caring for that week. I can not help but laugh. We are told life is a cycle and while I know those cycles come around at different intervals and shift depending on where we are at that moment, I found humor in the mirror of that morning. In fact, I can't stop laughing and that feels so good. I highly recommend it. Honestly, when was the last time you laughed whole heartedly for any significant length of time? It's healing, refreshing, and just plain fun. In this moment I am so grateful for laughter. I'm always grateful for genuine laughter but in this moment perhaps even more so as I release any tension I held. I'm grateful for my blog one year ago today and I'm grateful to still be here blogging and sharing my journey. I'm so grateful for all the followers I have gained over the last year and I'm grateful to you all for spreading the word and helping more people find this gratitude community. I'm grateful for the rain. I'm grateful for my sweet dog being healthy and happy to be with me, even when that means losing a little sleep sometimes. I'm so grateful for the conversation with my friend that inspired me to reflect back at the cycles I have been through over the years. I'm grateful for the cycles of the sun and moon, the cycles of weather and the seasons, and all the energy cycles that are always at play as I shift, move, grow and learn. I'm grateful to share my laughter at these cycles with you and I'm grateful for those of you who choose to laugh with me! I'm grateful for the reminder that this life is a journey, not a struggle. And I'm grateful to find the humor in it. Where were you a year ago? Can you see the changes even if the cycle is similar? Can you find the humor in this cycle today? May your day be blessed with the ringing of laughter and your eyes be opened to how far you have come! Have a beautiful day!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.