Usually I only post one gratitude blog a day, in the morning to start my day, even though I find gratitude throughout the day and write a gratitude in my journal each night before bed. Tonight I wanted to share my gratitude for a "perfect" day. I'm grateful for my own definition of perfection. I'm grateful to have had an amazing day. I'm grateful that in having no clients lined up today it allowed me to be present with my current situation both financially and emotionally. I'm grateful that in being home I was able to take a call for a wonderful opportunity to speak to an amazing non-profit group about what I do. I'm grateful for the mix of excitement and nervousness that I felt when I thought of speaking in front of this group. I'm grateful for this opportunity and how my day was lined up to receive this gift. I'm grateful for the struggle I was having with terminology, website, and other "to do" tasks today because it allowed we to take another wonderful opportunity that I don't get often. It allowed me to step back and take a break in the form of a motorcycle ride and lunch with my dad. I'm so grateful for father-daughter time. I'm even more grateful for it as I get older. I'm grateful to get along with my dad and to have a loving, fun relationship with him. I'm grateful for all the respect I have for him and the type of man he is and the kind of woman he raised me to be. I'm grateful to not overlook this opportunity because of my mind's struggle. I'm grateful for the ride on the motorcycle which always helps me feel so present. I'm grateful to feel the wind on my skin and feel like I am flying. I'm grateful to smile and laugh and enjoy such a beautiful day. I am grateful for the sun to be shining. I'm grateful that my boyfriend got out of work later than planned and we "missed" our plans for the evening because it allowed us the opportunity to just be together and grill out, walk the dogs, play on the 4-wheeler, have a campfire and eat s'mores. Yes, I'm grateful for the change in plans that made the evening even more perfect. I honestly can not think of a more joyous way to have spent the day. I'm grateful for the free feeling I get as I ride the 4-wheeler and that mixed emotion of excitement and moments of tension as it bounds over rocks and around trees. I'm grateful to watch the sunset as the dogs enjoy a stroll. I'm grateful to eat s'mores with no judgment, just enjoyment of the special treat. And I'm grateful that, in my amazing boyfriend being late, I got to spend some time outside in conversation with my mom, swinging together. I'm grateful for our conversations as she has always been one of my best friends and closest confidantes. I'm grateful for the simple joy of swinging. I'm grateful for all the love I experienced today. I'm grateful to allow it into my heart and into my life. I'm so grateful for the curveballs that life throws to us sometimes because with all the things that went "wrong" today; I couldn't have planned a more perfect, more "right" way to have spent it. What are you grateful for tonight? How can you focus on what's right with your day instead of what didn't go the way you planned? Can you find the beauty in how it turned out? Goodnight, everyone. May your dreams be filled with love and your slumber be restful.
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.