To be creative means to connect. It’s to abolish the gap between the body, the mind and the soul, between science and art, between fiction and nonfiction. ~Nawal El Saadawi
Gratitude: a few hours to myself to read
Joy: Cardinals in my back yard
Awareness: The things that annoy me probably say more about me than others; I need to work on this…changing me not others.
Gratitude: Was able to finish hurricane clean up (except backyard), only problem is I blistered my hands and now can’t do any stained glass cutting for a few day…body is too tired and sore to do it today anyway, still managed to do my grocery shopping (after a hot shower), reading time
Joy: comfort of resting on the sofa with a hot cup of tea, interesting conversations with a few neighbors
Awareness: I often say my body can’t do what it used to do. However, it still can do most things, just slower and with consequences.
Creativity: Meal planning and prep for the week
Gratitude: Full of energy, friends we consider family
Joy: a night with family friends, love and laughter always win
Awareness: Following the lights wrapped around the limbs of the tall tree I walked into the backyard. The beauty of the sparkling tiny lights was surpassed only by the Hunter Moon filling the dark gaps between the tree branches.
Gratitude: a light and cooperative workday, finished the book for book club, a good dinner thanks to my preplanning
Joy: Glass of wine, a hot shower, and an early bedtime!
Awareness: This morning the Hunter Moon was still hanging around visiting with the sun!
Gratitude: The internet makes research so much easier than a trip to the library. Made a lovely vegetable stir fry for dinner.
Joy: Communicating with several cousins via FB. A phone call from a good friend and laughing over a euphemism, actually an acronym, she shared with me…always laughing when on the phone with her!
Awareness: There are times it life it calls for you to just kick back and be silly.
Gratitude: love, life, family, comfort, provisions, the end of the work day
Joy: Friends, writer’s group, candy corn M&Ms
Awareness: I tend to live in my own little bubble, and am surprised to hear the reality of some situations. There is not only the shock value of learning certain conditions exist in the world, but once you are aware the next thought is what can I do to make a difference…
Gratitude: A better work day than yesterday, catching up with two friends
Joy: A few hours to myself, a glass of wine, my dog and my cat, phone call from a friend I hadn’t heard from in 25 years!
Awareness: Compassion builds bridges where judgment tears them down.