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.


13 comments:

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...

Olivia,

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

Kate

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,

Love,

O

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 you...it 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.