Friday, 31 August 2012

Gratitude. Like magic.




A few months ago I stopped each night to recall {and write} a moment or two of happiness in my day. The more I kept at it, the more I noticed how happy my days were, and the more I seemed to {re}connect with happiness {and understand what makes me truly happy}.

The past couple weeks I've been doing this same ritual with gratitude. When I do stop to check-in with my heart {where gratitude resides, I think} I notice all the little things that bring joy to my days {and the gratitude I have for them}.

But it's the regular day-to-day happenings I have been drawn to most. The normal, ordinary {in my day} things. The ones I could so easily miss. Noticing these moments {and being thankful for them} seems to make each day stand out as special.

When my days {lately} feel like they're stringing together in one continuous thread, I try to allow this gratitude to slow me down. And I visualise these {grateful} moments threading our days together like magic.

Grateful:

For two little girls who often sleep at the one time {and the sound of almost-silence that fills the house}.

To lie still for 10 minutes and do nothing {just let my mind body and breath float}.

For a little girl who gallops to greet me, scrambles to get in my arms and then whispers {in the softest sweetest voice} I love you mummy.

For sunshine. And the man and two little people I shared it with.

Little miss two asking if we can sing together. I think I'm getting better!

Mums who say it like it is. So much strength given in the honest sharing.

Proper moving boxes. Donated our way.

Yoga. My body, heart, mind and soul thank me after my weekly class.

For the words "I'm proud of you". They give strength. {I've spoken them and heard them this week}.

For the moment I tucked my sleeping baby into bed and her little arms grabbed my face and drew me back in.

For the moment I tried to roll out of little miss two's bed {without her noticing} and her little arm wrapped around my neck bringing me back for a nose-to-nose cuddle {"just one more"}.

For the weekend to come {with it's promise of family and food}. Grateful for every opportunity we can all come together to share a meal.

xx

{Linking with gratitude to Maxabella & Kidspot's 52 Weeks of Grateful.}

What are you grateful for this week?


 

 

 

28 comments:

  1. I really need to get back into Yoga! I miss it!
    Sounds like you a week worth being grateful for! Your girls sound amazing and their love for you unconditional... how beautiful that is xxx

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    1. Thanks Jess xx Yoga keeps me centered! A little lost without it. Hope you can get to a class soon Jess x

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  2. Some lovely things to be grateful for. I am most grateful for my husband and two boys.. Also our animals, home, food, hot water and a comfortable bed. Have a lovely weekend Elisa. When do you move? Just a word of advice...if anyone offers to help, accept. Moving is hard work. xxoo

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    1. Thank you Julie! Hope Your weekend is lovely too. Move in three weeks! This time I have been accepting help - moving day is such a full-on one! Thank you always for your words of advice xxxx

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  3. Your life sounds wonderful Elisa
    Enjoy
    xx

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    1. Thanks Ally. Trying to focus on all the wonder in it :) x

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  4. Awww that is all so lovely Elisa, made me feel a bit warm and fuzzy actually. Well done you for capturing those moments.... and more importantly, recognising them for the wonder that they are xo

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    1. Thank you! Reflecting on the little moments each day helps I think xx

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  5. I am proud of you for creating a life we all aspire to. You are amazing!

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    1. Thank you! I am blessed to have amazing women like you in my life xxxx

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  6. It's divine when they have nap at the same time. I don't think I've managed to achieve the 'almost-silence' more than once or twice...It doesn't matter now, my needy babies have turned into independent children and the transformation never fails to amaze me.

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    1. It sure is divine! I'm so aware how lucky I am to have simultaneous sleepers! x

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  7. Your inspirational Elisa I need to reflect more on what I'm grateful of, to help me refocus on the good things in my life. Im truly grateful for my healthy children:) nx

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    1. Thank you Nicole! I am so grateful for my healthy children too! And health in general! x

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  8. Aaah, so beautiful. I will be taking a leaf out of your book this week and recording a grateful each day, I think. Have a lovely weekend :) sarah

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I had been thinking about recording my daily gratitude moments for ages - glad I have begun x

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  9. Lovely words as always Elisa. Like Nicole said, I also need to reflect more on what I should be grateful for.

    Have a great weekend. x

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  10. So sweet all the little daily reminders! I can't wait to have kids one day and share those special moments with them!

    Visiting via village voices :)

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! Some days with my little ones are crazy but still they always make the day sweeter! Thanks for popping by x

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  11. I'm grateful that you shared all this with us.
    Thank you Elisa,
    Ronnie xo

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    1. Thanks Ronnie! Your comments always make me smile x

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  12. Gorgeous as always Elisa, you are creating such a beautiful life and you write with such love it is always a pleasure to read. PS I love when my children reach out and grab my face to pull me back in too, locking that feeling in my forever memory bank.

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  13. Such sweet snippets of everyday. Thanks for sharing them. x

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