gratitude and chaos

I read a lot of self-help books and I always have. Even in high school, I was drawn to books about self improvement, betterment, spirituality, all things woo-woo.

It's just now, at 37, that some of the messages are starting to resonate. A major theme you'll see across Eckhart Tolle,  Gabrielle Bernstein, Elizabeth Lesser, Glennon Doyle Melton is that during times of chaos, stress, unrest or uncertainty, PRACTICE GRATITUDE. 

Consider me practicing - 

 

 

I'm grateful for Rich's ability to take the perfect photo of Charlie with his iPhone. 

I'm grateful for Rich's ability to take the perfect photo of Charlie with his iPhone. 

I'm grateful for a kitchen full of healthy food that feeds my family and me. 

I'm grateful for a kitchen full of healthy food that feeds my family and me. 

I'm grateful for neighbors and friends that celebrate holidays and help you when you need it most. 

I'm grateful for neighbors and friends that celebrate holidays and help you when you need it most. 

I'm grateful for the color yellow. And the iPhone app "Over" that lets me make pretty quotes out of photos of my patio furniture. 

I'm grateful for the color yellow. And the iPhone app "Over" that lets me make pretty quotes out of photos of my patio furniture. 

I'm grateful for funny shit like this during my morning commute. 

I'm grateful for funny shit like this during my morning commute. 

I'm grateful for how Alice loves suckers. 

I'm grateful for how Alice loves suckers. 

and her wild hair in the mornings. 

and her wild hair in the mornings. 

I'm grateful for Charlie's unique sense of style and personality. 

I'm grateful for Charlie's unique sense of style and personality. 

and his stealth ninja moves in the front yard. 

and his stealth ninja moves in the front yard. 

I'm grateful for Rich, who will wear a heart band-aid to make his daughter happy. He will do anything to make his kids happy. 

I'm grateful for Rich, who will wear a heart band-aid to make his daughter happy. He will do anything to make his kids happy. 

I'm grateful for a job that takes me to cool places. I'm grateful for my job, period. 

I'm grateful for a job that takes me to cool places. I'm grateful for my job, period. 

I'm grateful for how they love each other. 

I'm grateful for how they love each other.