This is part of a painting I made for one of my dear friends who has this amazing calm presence about her. When I talk to her I feel like I am the only person around, like I have her full attention, her whole heart, her entire presence. Her ability to be fully present is such a beautiful gift and I aspire to be more like her. I have 35 paintings finished for my Hundred Thank-Yous project. Several more are almost finished. I am having the Hundred Thank-Yous exhibition at the end of July. This weekend my goal is to get really organized with all of my paintings. I want to make a plan to follow through July. And stick to it. Yes!
One thing I have learned from this project is that focusing on all this gratitude for people is leading to more gratitude in my life.
Today I woke up feeling really good.
I am not a morning person.
I have struggled with mornings my entire life. I wish I were more of a morning person. I go from being mad at myself that I hate to get out of bed, to fully accepting myself as I am, and back to frustration again. I am (trying) to be grateful before my feet even hit the floor. I sit up in bed with my legs hanging over, and take a few breaths. What am I grateful for? Sometimes I say in my head sarcastically, “A bright new day. YAY.” But slowly, this practice is seeping into heart and I am waking up easier and with a lightness and happiness I have never been accustomed to. It is so much nicer to wake up feeling grateful. (I’m sure it is for my husband too!)
Here is a link to an article that was published about the project 365 Grateful and many people who are doing grateful projects. I made me tear up- so touching!
Wishing you a sunny day!