Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving: Today's Gratitude

Horay for turkey!

I'm thankful for graciously prepared meals.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Daily Gratitude, A Twofer

Yesterday, I was grateful for community. Yesterday, it was my yoga community. Everyone came together to look out for someone, cover for and guard the reputation of someone. Community brings safety. Community also encourages growth and learning. The communities that I'm party to encourage the sharing of ideas, innovation and creation. In my communities, the social media scene, the yoga and alternative healing community, I've found nurturing and unique knowledge.

Today, I'm grateful for reruns. Something to put my mind to when I'm pushing off tedium.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Today's Gratitude: Follow Through

There's a saying about under promising and over delivering. We've all been disappointed by people not keeping their word or meeting our expectations.

Today, I'm grateful for follow through. It's wonderful, and unfortunately unexpected these days.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gratitude Day 5: Smarties

Friday night, I spent my evening at a Starbucks with a colleague I respect (@johncass) discussing social media and culture. Over piping cups of chocolate infused beverages, we shared our thoughts on the changes in society technology has afforded us, on the sub-cultures that have emerged in new social technologies and more. The whole conversation had me buzzing with ideas throughout and after. I was super charged to get a ton of stuff done when I got home too--although that may have had something to do with the caffeine quatity in my chocolate infused beverage.

Because of that conversation, and the many like it that I've had over the years with my mentors in archaeology, social media and elsewhere along the path I've wandered, I'm thankful for the smarties today. I'm grateful for those people around me that make me think, wonder and question. Thanks!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Day 4 Gratitude Challenge: Music

I'm going to let you all in on a little secret:

I sing in my car. Loudly. No matter where I'm driving, I give a performance to the passersby.

So for today, I'm grateful for music. Music allows you to connect to your emotions, to others. Music is a way to heal from past hurts and feel communicative when it's hard to be heard.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gratitude Challenge Day 3: Time

I woke up today in a bad mood. I didn't feel rested. My personal life felt that way it gets every now and then when I'm outside of the flow of things. And I was running late to an event.

But I had time. I'm grateful for that. To put it in a cliche, time heals all wounds. To put it another way, time provides space from hurt and frustration.

I'm up now and it's been a couple hours... The frustration of my morning is now gone and my day is on the up and up. Time works wonders.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Day 2 of Daily Gratitude: Morning Coffee

Maybe this makes me an addict, but I'm grateful for that part of my morning routine that simultaneously helps me wake and prep for the day, and puts off headaches (definitely an addict).

Coming soon to a Sandying post near you, "Kicking the Coffee Addiction." It is probably time to give it up again, but I'm grateful for the simplicity of the routine. Every morning, I get up, turn the coffee maker on and do the dishes while I'm waiting for my cup of joe. Doing the dishes that are left over from the previous day, or from my roommates since I went to sleep, is my time. It's almost meditative. Because there's no real thinking involved, I can clear my head by concentrating on the physical task at hand, and maybe begin to clear my day.

Do you have something like that? Something you do every day that allows you to clear your head and refocus on and plan for the bigger tasks? Oh, right. There is yoga. :-) ...We'll have to call this my caffiene asana.

What are you grateful for?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving Challenge: Daily Gratitude

My pal Abby Thompson got started on the Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge last week. Although I may be coming late to the party, I'll be posting one thing I'm grateful for a day until the big turkey day. Of course, I encourage you to find gratitude too! It's uplifting to focus on the positives, to dwell on the good stuff.


For today, I'm grateful for all the listeners in my life. I love to to talk. This I know about myself. I don't know that I could ever show enough appreciation for the people in my life who actually take the time to listen, hear me out and maybe just maybe understand!

Thanks for listening!

What are you thankful for today?