Thursday, February 4, 2010


So, as many of you know, I have been working on making this year a powerful one for myself. I didn't expect to wake up on January 1st to the sounds of trumpets and butterflies. I didn't expect to wake up every morning ready to conquer the world. If it were that easy, it wouldn't be such a struggle. It's a work in progress. And, I'm making progress.

I have come to realize, rather recently, that the power I want is the power to be happy. And, even more recently, I realized that happiness is really just about being grateful. It's about being grateful for waking up, and beautiful skies and nerdy books and amazing family and wonderful friends. I am rarely conscious of how grateful I am. As a friend shared, "If your just replace the word "happy" with "grateful"..., it can really make a difference. 'I'm grateful to see you!','I'm grateful to be here!', Or how about simply 'I'm grateful.'" Words of wisdom. Gratefulness. It brings everything into perspective. Another friend of mine and I have begun a mini gratefulness project. We text each other daily and share three things for which we are grateful. I have been grateful to everything from my mom, to my sisters, to my friends, to my books to my warm bed to my plans to my healing.

The other day, a friend of mine shared this link with me: and I fell in love with gratefulness. Head over heels. Please take a moment to listen to it. I try to listen to this in the morning. It's a reminder of how I need to be grateful for waking up. For the sky. For the moment.

So, today, I want you to know that I am grateful for you. So very grateful.


Christine said...

What a lovely sentiment! Your friends are grateful for your friendship. And happy too.

Kristen said...

I am very grateful for you. :) Sorry I haven't been commenting much, I've been reading... just have been having a hard time finding time to let anyone know I'm thinking of them.

You are amazing!

Anonymous said...

I had a philosophy professor who told me that 'happiness,' from the Greek, does not mean 'feeling good,' rather it means 'doing good.' So I'm pretty sure you are destined for great happiness, my friend.

(I'll note that I do not speak Greek beyond a half dozen key words, but I refuse to look it up becuase I like the thought. So if I am wrong, please do not tell me.)

love you,