Today I am grateful to all of you who have added joy to my day with your birthday wishes. Your greetings added to the excitement of a Very Good Day.
As part of my self-decided “gratitude therapy,” we are now meditating with Oprah & Deepak by “Manifesting Grace through Gratitude.” It’s a free, 21-day meditation that takes 20 minutes per day. (It began Monday, March 25th, and you need to start within 5 days to listen to each episode before it disappears.) We’ve already done two of these 21-day programs, “Perfect Health” and “Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body, and Spirit” and found them transformative. I am positive O&D knew that a meditation series on gratitude would be helpful to me right about now. Helpful for you, too, maybe?
I am grateful for each of you who takes time in your day to read this journal and share your thoughts. Sending you a hug today!
I made this commitment to write daily about something for which I’m grateful because I felt A NEED FOR OPTIMISM. Realizing that I have more than four things things to write about is … gratifying. After searching the term “need for optimism” the results are intriguing. Many good articles to read.
One of the most surprising was an announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year, something I follow as a graphic designer. This year it’s “Living Coral.”Pantone reports that the color was chosen because of our “innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.” Laurie Pressman of the Pantone Color Institute explained, “We see the environment taking on an even greater role in the world we live in today for two primary reasons, one being how connected we are to technology. Because we are so connected to something that’s not real, we really need to find that balance closely and intimately with something that is real and you don’t get more real than nature.” For me, this is a three-fer: optimism, color, and honoring our environment.
It may seem a bit circuitous, but I’m grateful for this Gratitude Journal. On Day 47, as I anticipate another 318 days of making a selection, I stepped back to consider. I began this effort for many reasons, but one of the most important was a daily intention for being positive in a discouraging world. In my usual fashion, I began to figure out how I could be more efficient, preparing a week’s worth of entries, gathering my visuals, and … (calming breath). I realized that the point is not production but a daily reminder, a daily opportunity to write, a daily reason to interact with friends and family. I am grateful that you’re taking this journey with me.