Sunday, October 16, 2011

I'm Grateful!

A very old truck at Rio Mesa
It's October. Actually, it's been October for awhile. Somehow, not very painfully, I convinced myself to do this challenge that my sister is doing. It involves a few things: 100 sit ups and 50 push ups per day; 100 mile in the month (run, bike, etc.); try two new fruits and two new vegetables; keep a gratitude journal. I've not been 100% successful on any one thing, though I have been good at keeping my gratitude journal.
In general, I frown on such displays of sentimentality, but I must admit it's been good for me. It's caused me to pause and consider what I've been doing, which I think, in turn, has caused me to be more grateful in the moment. I like to think feeling gratitude has also caused me to pause, mid-stride, to appreciate the world more as I'm experiencing it, rather than waiting until the end of the day.
And so, I'd like to share some of the things I'm grateful for. With pictures.

Laughter. We laughed so much at Rio Mesa. There is just a general giggliness around women; something in it conjures up junior high, when to laugh was the easiest thing we could do. Sylvia’s stories about her childhood in the tent; Nicole’s general good humor

What is grateful about a Monday? The endness.

       Sleep. Often, it is needed.

         Fall weather: I love it when the leaves change and the air is crisp, but yet the afternoon can still be sunny and warm.

      Soup! This one does not need explaining.
        Trees: they give us oxygen and also when their leaves change: damn! Gorgeous! 

And so, friends, in conclusion, I am grateful and I am chronicling my gratefulness each day. Oprah and I recommend it. 


Nik said...

I'm so lazy I just want to push like but I'm grateful enough that you are grateful that I'm willing to go and type all these words to say thank you for your awesomeness. Also, for the advice about push ups. Ouch.

Lisa B. said...

I will be doing no push ups, at least none that I am willing to discuss amongst you, yourself, but I do really like this post. And you're right--it's good to say the things you're grateful for. It makes the world feel more suffused with gladness. I saw so many aspen trees in full color this weekend. I'm grateful for those. And also: for you, truly.