Last week I started reading “The Magic”. I was feeling pretty good about the gratitude and being grateful. All day long I was feeling mentally good having given thanks first thing in the morning, which kept me thinking about gratitude throughout the day. I found myself saying thank you a lot during those first two days.
Then Day 3 hit and I stopped. Day 3 is all about relationships. And I could only chose 3 people. How do I do that? I thought about teaming people up. Mike obviously gets the number one spot, then my parents, then my two BFFs. So now I’m up to 5. I felt really stressed out (it’s the small things, people) about picking 3 people out of the 5 top people in my life. So instead of just posting something about Day 3 and mentioning that I’m choosing 3 people but not saying who they were, I did what I normally do when presented with something that stresses me out: I stop. Just stop.
Because it’s been a few days between “The Magic” days I’m to go back three days and start from there. Lucky me, I get to go back to day-1. I’m okay with that. I understand why too – the time I wasn’t so focused or in the gratitude mindset things went downhill pretty quickly. I was grumpier, I was more apt to get frustrated easily, people annoyed me and so on. Kind of interesting that is what happens when I’m not focusing on being grateful. I think that is something important to recognize about the real magic of “The Magic”.
I would LOVE for my bills to be magically paid off and surprise money to roll in and gas prices to go down so I can get a truck (Ford F-150 double cab) and buy new carpeting and my hair to grow longer and my finger nails to stop chipping and get that B and C I need in my classes right now – all from being thankful. Right now, though, I am quite happy to just feel good. I liked feeling good after making my list of things I was grateful for and how that kept me going throughout the day.
It doesn’t bother me to start over, and it doesn’t bother me that I haven’t gotten my truck yet. Feeling good is great.
Back to Day 1: My list of 10 things for which I am grateful.
- I am grateful for Susan who gave me a bag full of the best anti-allergy medicine in the world. It is so nice to not sneeze, have itchy eyes, and feel generally icky all the time.
- I am grateful for the rain because we always need rain in Florida but also because it means a quiet day at work. My public battery needs to recharge.
- I am grateful for being able to start over because the knowledge get ingrained just a bit deeper every time.
- I’m still very grateful for patient people, especially those who try to teach me things, because I’m hard-headed and patient people are truly God-sends.
- I’m grateful for the pictures my Uncle Jack has posted on Facebook because they are full of good memories and I love to see my grandparents smiling and having a good time.
- I am grateful for opportunities because it’s just another chance to learn and grow and discover.
- I am grateful for Fluffy Jane because her purr and meow makes me feel warm and happy.
- I am grateful for people who make me laugh because laughter is the best medicine.
- I am grateful for belts because my pants keep falling down.
- I am grateful for nail polish because my fingernails need some extra strength.