Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sacred Sunday: More Gratitude

This Sacred Sunday I took inspiration from two friends: Rick, who challenges us to make a blessings list, and Chani, who shares her journey from a desperate situation to true happiness. I made my own blessings list, which I share below.

This is more important for me to blog about today, so I also have to apologize for waiting a little longer to share my news with you :) It's good for me to process it for a while.

So here, in honor of Sacred Sunday, is my gratitude list (in no particular order):

1 - Home: My peaceful, quiet home in the woods.

2 - Health: My healthy body, mind, and spirit that have survived so many challenges.

3 - Financial Security: Not having to work only for money but being free to work at what I like (a gift from LoveHubbie, the gift of financial security).

4 - LoveHubbie.

5 - Freedom: Living in a country where I am free to choose, free to express myself, to choose my own religion. Free with laws that protect me, in a land of abundance.

6 - Hawaii: Being able to vacation in a place I truly love.

7 - Internet and Technology: Unites and connects me with friends and family-of-choice, enables me to have a like-minded community.

8 - God, the Universe: Who I am just beginning to come to know as good and kind. Who keeps me safe, even in difficult and painful situations. Who lives in each person. A spiritual path that is fulfilling and expansive.

9 - Protection: I feel protected from so many things that could harm me. I know that there are many threats as life is fragile and an adventure, but I still feel as though whatever difficult things will happen to me, I will still be "safe"---as in being taken care of by God, and cared for even in death---not necessarily protected from "bad things".

10 - Opportunities: I feel that life's choices are limitless, that much of what happens I create, and that the opportunities are endless.


patti said...

You do have so very much to be grateful for Olivia.

P.S. Your health is obvious these days, you are looking great! (meant to tell you last time I commented!)

CrystalChick said...

It's really wonderful that you've given time and thought to this. We should all do a gratitude list more often.

Love the last photo!

Kim Mailhot said...

This is a wonderful list, Olivia ! We all really do have some much to be grateful for ! Your gratitude is a perfect celebration of life's gifts.

Here's to gratitude everyday !
Cheers, lovely Lady !

Rick Hamrick said...

Love your list, O! I particularly like # 10, as there is no freedom of choice and opportunity greater than what we allow ourselves. So why not allow it all?

There is no wall!

Kate said...


I love this post, what a wonderful thing to post about. I will have to do one too.


mermaid musings said...

you are so blessed!
i adore your house in the woods!

Olivia said...

Patti, thank you, yes, we all do, don't we? And thanks for the sweet compliment.

Mary, I agree, it should be a regular practive.

Kim, Yes, indeed, we should be grateful every single day. We'd feel a lot happier, too.

Rick, Ahhh, yes, indeed! Limitless.

Kate, I'll look forward to reading yours.

Carmen, I definitely am blessed. Isn't my house special? I am loving the summer and the rain break we get here!

Thank you all for your great support and comments,



Melita said...

love your gratitude list! gratitude lists are totally necessary.

how cool you used to be in morgantown. i've lived here 7 years now and there have been huge changes in that time. i could only imagine the changes over 20-30 years that you've seen.

really looking forward to the wtj journey with you! very nice to virtually meet you as well!

Olivia said...

They ARE, Melita. I feel the same about you and am very happy about this journey, too, xo, O

Yolanda said...

I loved this . Here is wishing I didnt have to work.

Olivia said...

Thank you, Yolanda. I'm wishing with could happen. It wasn't always this way for me. Let's hope together...or else that you find a job that you LOVE! Good to see you here, O

kikipotamus said...

Olivia, wonderful list! What is the story behind the photo of you in the blue and white dress in what looks like a workshop or class? Do tell.

Yolanda said...

I live about an hour southwest of Portland.