“It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” ~Brother David Steindl-Rast
Although I missed a few days, this daily gratitude practice continues to bring joy to my life. I feel like someone gave me a golden ticket when I learned about daily gratitude. I offer this golden ticket to you.
Thank you for seat turtles again; a family reunion with my Kauai family; the generosity of my Aunty Shirley; Koa wood; Jaina’s home-made desserts.
Thank you for a beautiful home to come home to; Waialae Country Club Kale Salad; documentary on Hawaiian Medicine I saw on the plane; the excitement I feel to get back to work; the Sheraton Waikiki.
Thank you for sleeping together in one room; Imahara’s fruit stand; double meditation days; inspiration from so many sources; the parasympathetic nervous system.
Thank you for Obon Festivals; Misoyaki Salmon; fake tattoos; kokua; the Zen saying, “Nothing left out.”
Thank you for the variety of fresh fruit available in California; how my sons pee together at the toilet; mattress covers to catch the mistakes of my 3 year old; vitamix shakes; Victoria sharing the wonderful Milton quote.
Thank you for my six year old’s love of water after coming back from Hawaii; patience with myself; coconut water; Rarasaur’s post on Black Box Warnings; my wife’s positive attitude.
Thank you for the letter from a pilot who flew with my father in Vietnam; the wonderful music being posted for the Monthly Peace Challenge; wholeheartedness; my counseling seminar tomorrow; my brother’s video expertise.
Thank you for the wonderful counseling seminar I had today; the message to love all my clients unconditionally; for Quiche and soup; for how my sons eat Kale; so many resources for counseling/spirituality/meditation/neuroscience/compassion in Northern California.
Thank you for high school friends who know me so well; Capitola Beach; the joy I get from watching my sons in the ocean; a day with my wife and sons; an early bedtime.
Thank you for my brother sharing his wisdom and recipes with me; learning that a strong belief lived can be inspirational; the Ranch GC; my son holding his breath underwater for 10 seconds; my wife deciding to do a week-long meditation retreat.
Thank you for my cousin giving me his honest opinion about my career path; how my sons wake up like marsupials who need a little pouch time before facing the day; finishing taxes; cherry tomatoes; 9 hours of sleep.
Thank you for napping with my son; my older son’s artistic passion; Kate Courageous agreeing to an interview; all my sensitive readers; healing myself to heal my children.
Thank you for refuge; being enough; face painting; the Grant Study; a productive day.
Thank you for music; Rohan’s new book; oatmeal with macadamia nuts and home-made lilikoi butter; soon-to-be-closed Azuma Japanese Restaurant; mix tapes.
Thank you for Adyashanti‘s Satsang; Pre-meditation meditation; peaceful conversations with my wife; my son loving Kung Fu again; Arugula.
Thank you for automatic dishwashers; back-to-school excitement; dim sum; pencils and erasers; the way my 3 year old always says “I’m sorry” when he does something wrong.
Thank you for my brother’s generosity; accepting my business timeline; my wife’s encouragement; giving up resistance; letting go of the need for others approval.
Thank you for friendly parents at my son’s school; Alison introducing me to Byron Katie; my wife lightening her schedule; the resources to do what I need to do; time to finish Brene Brown’s book.
Thank you for Ortega Park; time to create; crazy hair days at my son’s school; my older son’s caring teacher; not being in a rush.
Thank you for my wife giving me the day to work; all the wonderful interviews I have lined up; Aweber; the way my 3 year old son talks in a high pitched whisper when he knows he is suppose to be asleep; the Institute of HeartMath.
Thank you for Search Inside Yourself Institute; Dr. James Doty and all he does for compassion; Soren Gordhamer; Wisdom 2.0.; my wife’s support of my meditation practice.
Thank you for compassionate role models: the wonderful interview with Elad Levinson; my wife joining my gratitude practice; a clean house; Rarasaur’s generosity and support.
- Everyday Thanksgiving: July 2013 (everydaygurus.com)