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Being blessed.

Even with Thanksgiving looming, I hadn't thought of thankfulness that much lately, until my yoga class on Monday. The instructor talked at length about thankfulness in a variety of ways and told us to think about things during our practice and meditation that maybe surprised or inspired us today.

Funny that putting "thankful" into two other words (which sounded random to me at the time) helped to truly open my heart to realizing all the good that I have around me. Just thinking of those two words, though, somehow helps to center my being and open myself up to the good around me.

Although I've been going through a decidedly rough patch, I'm very blessed. I have the best roommates anyone could wish for (brosely and stanieldaniel) and we have this wonderful and beautiful new house. (Well, new to us.) I live in a country that will allow me to get a further education and not be ridiculed or discriminated because I have a vagina. I has smarts. I live in an environment where I can feel safe and secure. (Most days) I am warm. I have a cat with the hugest personality. I'm gainfully employed at a job that is willing to work around my school schedule and where I adore my coworkers. (Most days.)

The injury to my back and hips made me beyond thankful that I can walk, stand, bend, twist, and shimmy, and that I still have all of my limbs and phalanges. The severity of my mother's illness has caused me to realize that it's important to listen to those around you and soak up those stories, important to appreciate those that you have in your life before it's too late.

Thank YOU.

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tefen
Nov. 25th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
An excellent post for this holiday. I was drafting something in my head, but it was focused on all the wrong things. Thanks for reminding me to appreciate what I've got.
aubkabob
Nov. 25th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
Well, thank you, kind sir. I hadn't planned on making a post like this at all, as it seems so... over posted, but I had half created it in a comment to a post by cmerun12, and I figured it would be a good start.

Even at my hardest times, I try to remind myself that it can certainly be worse.

Which reminds me of a news story that my brother and I watched on tv last night - the announcers said something like "A bride's WORST NIGHTMARE - the boutique carrying her wedding gown burned to the ground 24 hours before the wedding!!!" To which I turned to Jess and said, "Wouldn't having your entire family mauled by a bear during your wedding be a bit MORE of a 'worst nightmare'?"
tefen
Nov. 25th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Agreed! I don't know if she's the originator, but dryad271 labels such things first world problems. It does help to keep it in perspective.
aubkabob
Nov. 25th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
You were so emphatic about your response, you just had to say it twice!
tefen
Nov. 25th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Agreed! I don't know if she's the originator, but dryad271 labels such things first world problems. It does help to keep it in perspective.
aubkabob
Nov. 25th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
And HA at first world problems.
vivapink
Nov. 25th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this icon.
aubkabob
Nov. 26th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
I want to say I got it a long time ago from iconomicon?
msanborn
Nov. 25th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
*lovies you* I've got a lot of things to be grateful, thankful for too even when other things are falling down. I think it's how we decide to handle these blips in our cosmos that makes us who we are, those that can see and appreciate the good (as in what you wrote), or those that remain bitter and never see the beauty in life.

*hugs on you*
aubkabob
Nov. 25th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
There are some people that see EVERYTHING as a negative, like a coworker who bitches about what's wrong with her drinks that someone bought FOR her as a gift. ("I SPOSE I can drink it. It's cold, so it'll be difficult to manage." or "It isn't what I asked for, so I don't want it.", etc.) I often wonder at what a miserable existence people like that must live, as it seems like they can see NOTHING as a positive.

Many, many moons ago, when I was in my teens, I was one of these people. I worked many years to change my school of thinking around, and it has made me an infinitely happier person because of it.

P.S. - I've missed you dear!
msanborn
Nov. 25th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
What gets me, is exactly that - I have people that have longed for certain things and then once they have them, they complain about every negative aspect of what they now have instead of appreciating the fact of 1. getting what they wanted and 2. weighing and appreciating the positives instead of the negatives.

*hugs you*
aubkabob
Nov. 25th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
This is also why said coworker doesn't get invites to parties. I had a boyfriend that broke up with me when I was a teenager because of my radiating negativity. I never want to be that person again - not just for inner peace's sakes, but also for the sanity of those around me.
msanborn
Nov. 25th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
I can totally understand that. I broke up with Zack because of all of the negativity and I've been so much happier now and more of my friends want to spend time with me because I'm happy and not miserable. It's so much to be said for just not being so glum all the time.
view_from_here
Nov. 25th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you for being around!
aubkabob
Nov. 25th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you for always being here when I return!
view_from_here
Nov. 25th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
Of course, I know you don't ever go too far :)
vivapink
Nov. 25th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Word.
aubkabob
Nov. 26th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
To ya mutha?
sugarblind
Nov. 26th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Aub, I know I don't comment much, but I want you to know I have been reading your posts, and you have my endless sympathy-- really, empathy. I was in a similar position last Thanksgiving and I didn't know how I was going to survive, but the people around me kept me afloat. I'm profoundly glad you have a good support system right now, and so very impressed by your ability to step back and appreciate even the bad things as much as you can.

With love,
E
aubkabob
Nov. 26th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
This response means a LOT to me, you have no idea!

Thank you very much, luv.

I also know that everything works out in the end, though we may not see how it will do so until then.
bigstusexy
Nov. 27th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Amen
kittytreats
Dec. 14th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Oh crap! How long ago did you move? I sent out Christmas cards recently. Yoga is hard for me, I'm always on the verge of falling face first.
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