Hi, guys and girls. Happy Wednesday. Tuesday. Oh, my God, where did a day go? So it’s another post about gratitude today, and not gratitude for the fuzz ball that is my hair. Anyway, I’m okay with that. As you know, the last couple of days we’ve had no [inaudible 00:00:18] for nearly seven days, six days in a storm, and so you feel pretty crappy. As I’ve said the last couple of days, [inaudible 00:00:27] can’t get it done, et cetera, et cetera, and you lose your flow.

I’ve talked a lot about rituals, as you know, and that getting up in the morning, meditating before I [inaudible 00:00:40] get out of bed, journal, then get started on the day. Not doing that, just has messed with me. But anyway, today when I did journal, I went and had coffee somewhere else, and I journaled, and I actually spent ages in a gratitude phase, more than I usually do. So I didn’t just write the five things I was grateful for. I wrote probably nearly a page of things I was grateful for, in long form, so it wasn’t just, grateful for the [inaudible 00:01:09], grateful for coffee, which I often say, as you know.

Pinterest - When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around - Samantha LeithI wrote a lot more because there’s been a lot going on. [inaudible 00:01:20] to this morning we were told we would get power later in the week possibly, to which I said is that Friday or Sunday, the end of the week? End of the week, rather. Then this afternoon, we were told we would get power back [inaudible 00:01:33] weekend. Then early this evening, Elody was home and she heard noise, and it was the printer turning on. Then she went and turned a light on and got power back, when, to me, that’s just miraculous because we didn’t expect it.

It, again, it brought up the stuff … This morning, I was in this place of, yeah, I was in a bit of a bad mood, I have to admit, for a bit, because of the no power [inaudible 00:01:57] inconvenience of it. I really did sit in that place of gratitude for so many other things in my life and so many other things in the world. We get a choice. We can look at the heartache, and the horror, and the terrible things that go [inaudible 00:02:16], and just think, “It’s all effed. What’s the point?” Or we can look at the way people handle the horrors, and we can look at the great things we have in our lives and other people have in their lives, and just come from a better place.

We get to choose that, and I’ve done a live before about how we get to choose our feelings, and I think [inaudible 00:02:36] important ones for us to choose. Like, so important for us to choose to come from a place of gratitude. [inaudible 00:02:44] stayed in that little bit of a grump, chances are, I’m analytical with the woo-woo rising, but I reckon chances are that power would not have come back on this evening. It would have been the weekend, like they said.

But I was like, you know what? It’s okay. I’m so lucky I get to go and do my washing at someone else’s place. I get to eat takeaway because I can afford it. I got to give away all the food in my fridge and my freezer to people I know who would appreciate it because I didn’t want it to go off. So I looked at all these great things. I had other towels I could use because you’d used heaps to mop up things. So lucky, so grateful, and I think I might need to up my gratitude. I’m a big gratitude practicer. Is that a word, practicer? But maybe it’s not just about those five brief things every day. Maybe it really is more important to incorporate it into a bigger feeling, a looking at gratitude for possibly other people.

You know, today I wrote gratitude [inaudible 00:03:54] the tragic circumstance of that family that lost three of their children and their cousin the other week. In my journal today, I expressed gratitude about being able to witness how beautifully they’d handled that [inaudible 00:04:12] with such grace and such strength. I’m really grateful I got to witness that because it could have been awful, and those people, I think, are shining examples of what’s great in the world. So maybe when we’re doing our gratitude practices, maybe stop looking in your little [inaudible 00:04:32] of influence.

With my clients, I talk about how we’ve all got like a little Persian rug that were on, a little carpet, and you know what’s not on the carpet. It’s like there’s a big moat around the carpet, and on the other side of the moat is the stuff we can’t control. But maybe we could look outside that carpet to find other things that we can express gratitude for and make it, maybe collectively, if all of us or more of us can see those great things and express thanks for them in the world, maybe the world will start becoming a better place. I think it’s a great place, but it could be better, and I think gratitude is one of the ways to get there.

So I am really grateful. I get to light candles tonight because I want to, not because I have to, and I get to turn [inaudible 00:05:23] and probably start catching up on some work that I just haven’t been able to get done over the last few days, but that’s okay. Have a great night, see you all tomorrow, and for those of you that are still without power, fingers crossed it happens soon for you. I know we’ve all got our grumps about a lot of things that [inaudible 00:05:43] last couple of years, but 85,000 homes, I think it was, without power. So I’m grateful it’s back on for me and some of my friends tonight. Night, night, everybody. I will see you tomorrow.