As I prepare to leave town this morning with my boyfriend to celebrate one year (a little early) of being together I couldn't help wondering what I was grateful for a year ago. I had not met him in person yet, I had been doing this blog for about a year, and my motivational photography had just completed two months of showings at Kansas City's First Fridays. My blog one year ago today was on opportunities. I wrote that I was grateful for all the opportunities that I saw and that those opportunities came in a variety of ways, actions to take as well as things to let go. I wrote that I was so grateful for the loving friends in my life. I'm still so grateful for these things today, though I will admit I don't see as much of my friends as I would like to lately. It was interesting reading what I wrote one year ago as I just had some new opportunities present themselves for me within the last few days. I'm grateful to have met a wonderful family yesterday that was courageous enough to ask for some assistance. I'm grateful to see how brave and strong their mother is as she takes care of her daughters by herself. I'm grateful for the inspiration I see in each of them, even the members of the family that were not home. I'm grateful for the opportunity to rebuild the things in my own life that are no longer supporting my needs, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically as we work to rebuild the deck. There is symbolism in everything and there is opportunity in everything. I'm so grateful to see these opportunities. I'm so grateful to lend a hand where I can. I'm so grateful to give back in the ways I am able, as my friends, family, and even strangers give to me when I am in need. I'm grateful to have amazing parents that lend a hand and their knowledge in the rebuilding process. There are so many opportunities, and yes, that includes the opportunities to let go. I'm grateful for all the influences in my life that help me to understand. I have noticed my own church as well as the flyer for another local church are spending September speaking about the energy vampires in our lives. How to spot them and how to deal with them so you do not get brought down. I'm grateful for these reminders. I'm grateful for the people in my life that are my teachers, both the ones that teach me in the ways I enjoy and those that teach me in ways I do not. There is purpose in both and I am grateful. As the Full Moon reached its full beauty last night it made opportunities for balance especially clear. It opened up another area of conversation between me and my love as we sat gazing up at the beautiful Full Moon. I'm grateful for these moments of being. I'm grateful to share these moments with him and with those I care about. I'm grateful to have an outlet to share with all of you, even those of you I have not physically met. I hope you find your own meaning and gratitude within my words. In closing today I would like to leave you with song lyrics from the message at church on sunday by Rickie Byars Beckwith. "In the land of I am, I am more than I have been, I am more than I will be, I am all that I am." Each opportunity, no matter how we choose to respond to it becomes a part of us, a part of who we are. Which opportunities will you choose today? What gratitude can you find in the people and opportunities around you? What influences do you allow in your life and are they vampires or are they healthy and supportive? Take a moment to look back. Where were you a year ago? Know that you are more today and yet still balanced in your own beautiful perfection. May your day be blessed with balance under the setting Full Moon. May the opportunities be clear for you and may you find joy and comfort within them. Have a beautiful day! I will be traveling the next couple days, so as always, if you don't hear from me know I am grateful for those moments too.
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.