Thalia skipped into the kitchen. “Do you know it’s World Gratitude Day?” Nia swallowed her first sip of coffee. “It’s also National Miniature Golf Day, Pecan Cookie Day, and… Escapology Day?” “I’m grateful for the fourleg, who reminds us daily to embrace life with a spirit of fun and adventure!” said Cal. “Isn’t it funny… How she’s collecting fallen hickory nuts from the driveway as if they are jewels?”
I think of Chris too when I think of GRATITUDE. It is a practice I work on daily. Some days are more challenging but there is always gratitude in my journey, even "the tricky bits".
Very grateful that I found your writing in 2022 and we became friends. I believe this was not an accident. You have added to my list of things to my gratitude list.
Before dinner, we each say three things that we are grateful for. Long stories and vague gratitudes are not preferred - we do have to eat (too long) and it is a time to share(too short). Also, it must be since the last 24 hours. I am grateful that this ritual exists in our house.
P.s. Autocorrect does not like the plural of "gratitudes" suggesting that since it is non-countable there is not a plural. [A collection of gratitudes such as this, however, is an exception for pluralization.] I think it's probably that gratitude is (in general) non-countable. Otherwise, we'd probably measure and optimize the humanity right out of it.
I am grateful for my dog buddy, Izzie, a “Fido” in the truest sense of the word. She is by my side (mostly; running to greet our neighbors does occur, and represents her joy, to me) on walks, in my car on errands, and at bedtime on the bed with us. While territorial skirmishes occur when Buster cat tries to join the pack, there’s little disruption from her being amongst us.
More broadly, staying in contact with friends and family, neighbors, and of course the 3mm community, is a fine source of gratitude. To be alive. To feel connected.
This is my (almost) daily practice of gratitude, Gail: I get in bed at night, grateful that at that moment, my loved ones are safe. If something horrific had happened that day, I would wish for that very thing--to be safe and cocooned in my bed, unsullied by tragedy.
What a theme! What a post! My heart is full of gratitude from reading this post and the replies. And, it’s about to be overflowing as I watch the Premier of Louie Schwartberg’s next film! “Gratitude Revealed!”
More to come on the Chris Palmore connection...
Refrigerator magnet: “π r not²! π r round! Cornbread r²!” 😁
I keep forgetting to tell you, Gail! We used one of your Gift of Shared Kindness envelopes coming back from our trip to Chicago. The long term parking shuttle driver saw us schlepping our bags to the shuttle stop after he started to close his door, and not only did he open up again, he extended the ramp to make it easier to step up. (We probably looked elderly. <cough>) Then on the trip to the lot, on the shuttle's intervehicle radio we could hear his supervisor giving him grief about taking the shuttle with the check-engine light on... and a minute later his dispatcher apologizing to him getting set up by the driver he relieved, who was new and didn't know she was supposed to have reported that. I gave him the envelope on our way out. I hope it made his night a little better.
We were grateful for a patient driver at the end of a long day. 💚
I promised an additional comment on the Chris Palmore connection and here it is…
Chris and I originally met virtually on a social audio platform. Before Anchor was a podcast platform, it was a very popular audio space.
It was the Clubhouse of today without all the bells and whistles.
Anyway, the one thing Chris and I both immediately recognized in each other was our love of gratitude and it’s potential to shift the consciousness of the planet.
A friendship slowly began to grow.
As we nurtured our friendship, we started talking about meeting in person…
We finally made it happen with a commitment to meet! And, since then, we completed an audiobook project and have collaborated on multiple podcast episodes etc.
More importantly, a reciprocal visit is scheduled which includes some quality time visiting The Grand Canyon and other National treasures.
That visit is only a week away. Rocio and Mr. Al, Chris’s dad will be along for the visit!
What is a friend?
The dictionary doesn’t list Chris Palmore as the answer, but I can!
If you want to know anything about Gratitude, Chis is your guy! If you want to know anything about mindset or attitude, I will do whatever I can to help you facilitate the answer you’re seeking, and I will do it #Gratefully!
When you put Chris and I together what you get is: “An Attitude of Gratitude!” #Synergy
My friend Gail! Thank you for your kind words here. The best response I have is that we fill each others cups up! There is a long line of people/ encounters/ things that had to happen for us to meet. It really brings me joy that you thought of me this day and our friendship.
I told Deb about Henny's nut collecting.
DEB: From everything I have heard about that dog, that is COMPLETELY in keeping with Henrietta's personality!