I liked last Friday’s entry into a regular posting feature, so I’m ready to assemble this week’s Gratitude Gumbo of random wonderfulness that lit my week.
1. Hanging out with my brother for part of a day. It’s always enjoyable – we have an easy-going relationship, and we spent the day doing errands; wandering around the neighborhood we grew up in and reminiscing; and having lunch. We even saw some swans, so toss in bonus points for that – swan medicine is beautiful! My brother is one of the treasures in my life. I have absolutely no doubt he’ll always be there for me, just as he was when we were kids, and that’s a really wonderful feeling. I adore the photo of him above, and I’m giving him a shout out today because it’s his birthday.
2. I received a surprise gift package in the mail from a friend filled with handmade wonders. My heart is filled with love. Thank you beautiful R for your kind heart and generous spirit.
3. I’m enchanted by this video of a festival display of airborne lit paper sky lanterns. I’m adding it to my list of things I’d love to see some day, but for now I’m delighted to get to watch it this way. I can’t get it to embed properly here, so you’ll just have to click and check it out.
4. I had a very helpful session with astrologer Stephanie Gailing of Planetary Apothecary. Heading into the upcoming eclipses and a rather intense astrological period, I’m grateful for the insights she was able to offer. Now I feel ready to navigate with a bit more ease and a lot more intention.
5. I’m grateful for technological mysteries and no doubt a little trickster Mercury energy as well as some intervention from my Guides, that someh0w managed to load a couple of mp3s on my iPod that I needed to listen to. I’m entirely unsure how these recordings got placed in my mix, but it’s the equivalent of the perfect book falling off the shelf when you need it. Spirit works in the most amazing and often amusing ways. Thank you!
6. I love paper folding. I’ve been smitten ever since I was a kid and received my first origami pattern book and packet of paper. I lean more towards the practical than the fantastical, and so I’m always delighted to find a pattern for a box or booklet with pockets or something along those lines. And this week a friend sent me a piece of mailart that was I able to deconstruct and figure out how to fold into a little pocket booklet. What fun.
So what about you? What’s in your gratitude gumbo this week? Do share – I’d love to hear. And making room for appreciation and gratitude opens the door to more awareness of more wonderfulness. Who doesn’t want more of that?