Happy Monday, everyone! Well it took a few self-reminders but I'm so grateful to have taken the weekend off. I still started my day with gratitude and wrote them down in my journal but it was nice to sleep in and just enjoy those simple gratitudes. I'm also grateful to be back today to share an interesting dream I had last night. Last night I dreamed that I was helping my parents because the cold weather was coming too early. They needed someone to climb up the ladder and paint all the trees' leaves a deep red or orange so they could see Autumn before the leaves fell. I was out painting some leaves and the neighbors were doing the same. When I turned around I realized there were still dozens of trees to do and the task seemed impossible. We were so caught up in how we felt nature "should look" that we were not enjoying that it was different this year. I woke thinking of all the little things I try to alter in my daily life to fit the "shoulds" when really everything is uniquely perfect as it is. Today I am so grateful to step back an honor those things that remind me to drop the "should be", "should do", "should look likes" and just enjoy it for what it IS. I'm grateful for this dream and the tiring effort of painting each leaf that opened my eyes. I'm grateful to enjoy my dreams and find messages within them. I'm grateful to wake to the soft rustling of the leaves outside my window and, even though I cannot see them in this moment, celebrate that I got to see the beautiful reds and oranges of Autumn this year. I'm grateful to take a moment to just be and let my expectations fall away. I'm grateful to be a witness to nature's beauty. What things in your life are you "painting" to seem perfect? How can you honor its own perfection and timing? May your day be blessed with seeing the beauty of the natural state around you. May you accept the divine timing and plan for its own perfection. Have a beautiful day, everyone!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.