I started a gratitude journal early in the summer. Every morning, I set my intentions for the day; and then, before I go to bed, I reflect on my intentions, grateful.
I resisted starting a gratitude journal for years; today, I can’t imagine life without it.
Honestly, I now notice more of what’s going right in my life and way less of what’s not.
As summer’s rolled into fall, I’ve added a couple of new steps to my beloved gratitude practice.
AA 2.0 is two simple steps:
Admit that something amazingly awesome is going to happen to you today.
Come to believe in blessings and miracles.
This past weekend…
…I had completed my gratitude journal as always, which now included AA 2.0. I admitted that I would, “receive something cool; see something amazingly awesome; listen closely for love.”
After a brisk morning walk in the dazzling fall sun and crisp air, which included a delightful chat on the phone with a favorite friend, I headed out back to help with the fall yard work; actually, my contribution involved a poop bag.
As I bent over to retrieve the prize, my eyes caught the scurry of a wild bunny. The small creature’s big eyes caught mine; I knew immediately, something was wrong.
That’s when I saw it dragging it’s back legs.
I motioned to my boys, who were raking up freshly cut grass, and jolted my husband out of his mowing trance.
Collectively, we agreed that the little animal’s injury was in need of a miracle.
We spent most of the afternoon retrieving the number of a nearby wildlife sanctuary, capturing the bunny with an old towel, securing it safely in a cardboard box, and delivering our furry friend to its new home or final resting place, which was out of our hands.
I drove home with my one son content, peaceful…grateful.
As the evening concluded…
…I thought more about the bunny.
I recalled the warmth of the day and our family’s generous kindness and reverence for a small, innocent creature. I smiled.
I thought about the ease of giving; the warmth of reaching toward.
I reflected on the simplicity of reverence; the awe of life.
I rested on the effortlessness of unconditional love; the expansiveness of love.
I also thought about my gratitude journal and my new amazing awesomeness practice.
Mostly, I felt immeasurable gratitude for I had indeed received something cool; seen something amazingly awesome; and listened closely for love.
I received a phone call from a cool friend.
I’d seen an amazingly awesome fall day.
I’d listened closely to love for a small defenseless bunny.
I lived a day filled with blessing and miracles.
What are you grateful for today?
What might be possible…
…if you admit that something amazingly awesome is going to happen to you today?
…if you come to believe in blessings and miracles?
Sending you inspiration,