These last ten days have been the longest I have gone without writing a piece in a very long time. Doesn’t mean I haven’t considered writing, but somehow, it just didn’t happen. In some ways, I’ll take it as an indication that my brain wasn’t overloaded with it’s typical madness edging to get out of me and onto the screen. In other ways, I’ll take it as an indication that my brain needed a bit of a break from always looking for inspiration, material, fodder, and content. And let me tell you, my world is consistently filled with all of the above and then some. I mean, I got stories. You need stories? I got em! Here’s the funny thing, I have a friend who is a Storyteller, like, for real, that’s why I capitalized the word. He’s been on The Moth, he hosts weekly storytelling events, he’s a great storyteller, and he’s great at getting other people to tell their stories. Well, great at getting everyone but me, and I like telling stories, but something stops me from getting up on the stage and sharing. Sure, most of his shows are like the unrated version of every dirty movie you’ve ever seen, but hey, I’m single, I have stories. (Not that being single is a prerequisite for a good dirty story. Just sayin’.) Maybe one of these days I’ll get up there, but at the moment, my bully pulpit is perfectly perched on the porch of my mom’s house.
And that perch is where the theme for today’s post comes in, gratitude. I’m blessed, lucky, fortunate, whatever you want to call it, bottom line is, I am grateful. That gratitude gives me a little room to be generous of spirit with other people, I guess. Yes, even people who aren’t grateful, people who are spiteful, angry, depressed, limited, damaged, and wounded, along with a host of other colorful adjectives. Sure it’s exhausting trying to reach these people but I don’t know how to do it any other way. I think I see parts of myself in them and it scares the crap out of me, so I try to extend myself in the hopes of making their loads a little lighter, and in the process, lightening my own. I think that’s what gratitude is, ultimately. Let’s check the definition:
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
What do you know? I was right! The key to gratitude isn’t just being thankful, but it’s the readiness to acknowledge and return kindness. So that’s where I sit, grateful for all the hardships I’ve endured, the blessings I have welcomed, the life I am granted on a daily basis, and in return, I will continue to ready myself with kindness for all who cross my path. So it’s not just a simple “Thank you,” it’s a “No, thank YOU!” And, thank you, for allowing me (and my cooky brain) a place to perch our gratitude!
I find it helps to have a Totem handy when I encounter those souls who have not yet achieved gratitude. Whether the Totem is to keep me calm, or to knock them on the head, it’s still a good thing to have at the ready.(Totem Tamers does not condone knocking anyone on the head with a Totem.) So, if you need a Totem, click on any of the Totems on the side of the page and get one today!