Gracious Gratitude
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Gracious Gratitude

Day 285

Grounding. Patience. Truth.

Nothing like a day that starts off with lessons pretty much the moment the eyes open. I’ll skip the specifics, mostly because from my current vantage point as the day slips towards its end, I’m more than a little embarrassed at a few of the moments.

Best way to describe it? Let’s just say I had a few Veruca Salt moments today. To be clear, I am not referring to the American rock band by that name. I’m referring to the fictional character created by Roald Dahl in his book (then movie) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

In any case, awakening with a solid case of whiny entitled spoiled girl, the day required a series of meditative moments — halting to focus, breathe and listen. It also required calling myself out and laughing at myself … a lot. There’s something deeply grounding about this type of exercise for me. So long as I stay away from thumping myself too soundly about the head and neck with ye olde bludgeon of self deprecation (the point where healthy humility tips over into self loathing), I’m good.

The day brought a bit more stress than I’d have liked for a holiday Monday, but in the end the lessons resonated, and on top of it all I was granted a spectacular gift from a dear friend… If you know anything about what this week is, and you know anything about me, you know what that is.

Yep. I got to go to a hockey game. Not just any game but the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals! AND WE WON!

The lessons from the day:

  • When I have a moment of frustration it is in that moment of pause when the lesson is learned

And while everyone seemed obsessed with the nations NBC broadcasters I was far more interested in watching my pal Jim Snyder crushing it with his co-anchor Marie Mortera.

Today’s Gracious Gratitude. I’m grateful for:

  • Frank Gruber and jen consalvo for the kind of friendship that spans a continent, more than a decade and myriad interests and life lessons



There are studies that show a simple practice of gratitude awareness can be a real game changer for productivity.

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