This isn’t breaking news, but it’s a great reminder. We’ve learned that gratitude is key to a peaceful life. We have heard that happier people are more grateful people. They beam with light because of joy and maybe that joy is buried deep because they see the good in their lives and appreciate it.
Just some food for grateful thought on Gratitude Monday…and a video, because it is just so fun to watch.
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” ― Anthony Robbins
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings…” ― William Arthur Ward
“[Gratitude] turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ― Melody Beattie
“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.” ― Brené Brown
“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
and the Earth Day Canopy Project, “which plants trees that help communities – especially the world’s impoverished communities – sustain themselves and their local economies. Trees reverse the impacts of land degradation and provide food, energy and income, helping communities to achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability.” (quote from the Earth Day Network website)
These are just two ways to do something to make a difference on Earth Day, and there are plenty of Earth Day celebrations, events, and activities happening across the globe. A google search for your area is a great way to find an event near you.
A man walked in to the quaint café where I work, all smiles. He beamed like the weather was not, with its rain coming down and washing my outdoor chalkboard clean of the written specials.
He asked what we all ask,
How are ya?!
I said, Oh, I’m okay...because I’m still getting over some sickness, and I’m tired of clouds.
Well, Heather…you woke up this morning, didn’t you?
Yes, I did!
Okay, then…it’s a good day.
The truth. And now, a few days later, I’m still coughing, but the sun is out and there is food next to me on the table. My kids are healthy, or on their way there, and I get to pick them up from school and daycare and spend the rest of the sunny day with them, outside.
I came across more proof, too, on Twitter, that our lives are better for gratitude. Our actual physical hearts are healthier, and our figurative hearts too.
So we woke up this morning, and if we pay attention, there are thousands of reasons to answer the constant question, I’m well. It is well. I am well.
It’s the first day back to school after spring break, and it is raining. The house is darker than it should be for this hour, and turning on the lights doesn’t seem to help. Everyone is worn out, tired from running all week, tired from the weather.
We need the rain.
Finding our way back to routine feels a little like groping around in the dark. We so quickly lost the rhythm. But here we are, filling the backpacks and finding the shoes, putting on jackets and grabbing lunches. Like foreigners. And by week’s end it will all be old hat, and the rain will have washed away the grime of winter for the new beginning.
Before we know it, we’ll look up to see those May flowers, grateful.
We are happy to announce that our award-winning children’s yoga video, Storyland Yoga, is now available for the hearing-impaired! Amazon.com has a download of Storyland Yoga that includesclosed captioning, making it easier for hearing impaired children to play along and learn yoga! We are so grateful for 3Play Media’s expertise and careful technical work in completing the closed captioning so quickly and making Storyland Yoga available for more playful kids. We appreciate Melissa Kinnunen for calling us with this wonderful opportunity.
Also in this week’s news, Playful Planet is growing and changing once again! We are expanding our reach to serve after-school and daycare programs with the Storyland Yoga Books and Curriculum. Currently, samples of our curriculum are being distributed to get feedback from teachers and daycare providers. Stay tuned for more on this coming soon. Meanwhile, if you are a teacher, or know someone who’d like to test the new curriculum materials, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s more to come, friends! Thank you for being on this journey with us…
The littlest things can be noted, even on paper, at the end of the day.
The way the wind blew away the cloudy day, the curtain pulled back, the sun warming us up. And then I stood in the doorway and let the warmth settle in, soaking through my vitamin D deprived skin. I stood there a good long while.
The way I had time to set aside the to-do list(s), for just a little while, and watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
And finding new-to-me music accidentally, to love like crazy, even though I wonder how I missed it when everyone else discovered it.
It really is about the little things…let’s look at them, maybe even write them down.
The first day of spring arrived on Friday. It always shows up, on the calendar, and that feels like a promise even if parts of the world are still battling snow. (Like my part of the world.) I look out the window at the fresh layer that arrived overnight, at the way it settled on branches and the railing around the deck, inches of it.
I want to yell at it, but instead I am trying gratefulness.
The farmers needed this, for its sure-to-come melt, the way it will seep into the earth and bring up spring like a tricky gift.
And it is beautiful. It will always be beautiful, like most disguised blessings.
The kids will play in it while it lasts, boots and snow pants back out of the closet and pulled on to small legs. It is thick and bent toward snowmen and snowballs. Have at it, I tell them. It won’t last.