Gratitude 04March15 Dirty and Sloppy

“There will always be a part of me that is dirty and sloppy, but I like that, just like all the other parts of myself. I can forgive.” Silver Linings Playbook

Our lives are an accumulation of our life experiences and lessons. Whether they are positive or negative, they define how we see the world and ourselves. It is the totality of that, that makes you, who you are today in all of your splendor and glory.

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All of us have something in our past or about ourselves that is dirty and sloppy. Our ability to look at those “dirty and sloppy” lessons as learning experiences allows us to embrace that as just another fascinating piece of our being.

Today I am thankful ..

  • For being at peace with my dirty and sloppy.

Our inability to forgive ourselves keeps us from being empowered. It keeps us in bondage from liking all aspects of ourselves. If all of our experiences lead to who you are, then, it’s been an amazing life thus far.

affectionately yours, Laura

Gratitude 03March15 58 and Loving Life

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Today begins my 58th year on planet earth. If we are indeed a total of our experiences and choices — mine has been exceptional. At this time in my life, it is coming to fruition. I am learning there are no forever bad choices.

Marilyn Monroe has a quote that goes something like this “Never have regrets, because at one-point everything you did was exactly what you wanted.” and I did. From those choices, I have learned a lot about who I am and what I am.

I have found my stride and am growing spirituality. I am in great physical shape. Mentally, I continue to learn tools to put into my life tool chest. However, it is the love in my life that is my greatest achievement. The people in my life and that love me in return fill me with gratitude and humble me daily.

Today I am thankful ..

  • My father and mother for giving me life and doing the best they could with what they knew
  • Feeling a bit nostalgic and emotional

What I have learned about me is this. I am a warrior, I am a grateful survivor, I am a rainbow and even in my darkest moments, I stand strong and find my way back to the light.

affectionately yours, Laura

Gratitude 2March15 All that Glitters ain’t Gold

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I have never been one who believed all that glitters is gold. I do not believe that money can buy happiness or piece of mind. Glitter and money make life more tolerable for a time. I have learned the hard way that temporary highs are just that, very temporary.

But given the choice between emotional wealth or monetary wealth, I will choose emotional wealth every time. I might be writing a different message had I won the lottery Saturday night!

A quick read of the internet reveals that we are all subject to the same challenges, joys and heartache. Whatever our life station, life happens to us. Too much sunshine will burn us. Too much food will put on the pounds. Too much of a good thing becomes ordinary. Eventually, even if the money doesn’t end, if you’re an asshole people will leave you. Pretty and too fine will only go so far, and age will tell the truth about your body. Life’s reality.

Within each of us we must find our balance and what makes us the best we can be. Money, jewels and things can’t do that. Even the best of the best therapist can’t get you to the point that that soul searching requires. I’m not all there. I’m getting there. It’s what gratitude is. Being grateful for what you have in your life.

The simplest things are the most expensive. The things that can’t be bought; time with those you love, laughter, a smile. Ask a person ending their life journey what they want. I haven’t heard anyone say my money, my car, my things. The common refrain is ~ I want to be surrounded by those I love.

Today I am thankful ..

  • Vacation!

In the infamous words of Annie Lennox, “Money can’t buy it, baby” ..

affectionately yours, Laura