Today marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The fall was a symbol of freedom and the end of oppression and fear. Although our world is still marked by the blights of suffering, enslavement, war, and, worst of all, indifference to these evils, we can take hope from the past and see that when we do act together to end oppression, fear, and suffering – the human spirit can triumph and set us all free. Now that’s something to be grateful for. Here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2014 – Week Forty-Five:
Monday: Tonight we were faced with another dark and cloudy night down by the bay so I was grateful to curl up with a book in bed and let time pass me by while I was caught up in another world.
Tuesday: This morning I got up and made the most of the early sunrise with a walk by the water. After work I hopped in my car and headed to my parent’s place as Chris and I are house sitting for them while they are away in New Zealand. After a difficult afternoon I was grateful for the opportunity to take Miss Molly out for a walk while the sunset. There is nothing like some puppy love to wash away whatever troubles your heart.
Wednesday: Tonight on the way home from work I stopped by to see a friend. What was supposed to be a quick book pick-up turned into an hour and half of us baring our souls to each other. We are unusual friends, not close, but closer than mere acquaintances, and we have shared things and supported each other through some hard times. I was grateful to see this beautiful lady and though troubled by her tears, I was grateful she had someone with whom she could share the hurt inside her heart.
Thursday: This morning I got up early and worked out while the sun rose. The cat was very amused by my plie squats and push-ups. This afternoon a light rain swept across our house and so Molly and I curled up inside the house waiting for Chris to come home from work. I was grateful to watch a movie (Easy A – one of my favourites) and do some baking and just take a breath.
Friday: Today I was grateful for my Friday lunch with Jess from work and even more grateful to come home and take Molly on a long walk to start the weekend. While I was finishing up my workout with a few miles on the stationary bike Chris and I caught up on the happenings of the day and planned our weekend.
Saturday: Today Jess and I got to spend some major sister time together. We walked our respective dogs and then went to the gym to try out a Body Attack class. We treated ourselves to a veggie juice while we did our grocery shopping and talked about matters big and small. I was grateful for some good quality time with my little sister. In the afternoon Chris and I drove down to MovieWorld and rode the roller coasters and watched the evening clouds roll in from the highest vantage points we could find. I was grateful to end the afternoon on a really fun note, and grateful that Chris and I might be grown-up but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a child’s amount of joy in simple pleasures such as this.
Sunday: This morning has started quietly, but I was grateful for a sleep in after a week of early risings. This afternoon Jess and I are getting started on some of Dad’s Christmas painting (Christmas 2014 might be the biggest yet around here) and then we are going to have a little family dinner to end the week.