January 4, 2013

Friday Gratitude

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” 
— Friedrich Nietzsche

This morning I am taking some time to focus on gratitude. Too often we operate on autopilot, mindlessly rushing from one place to the next, our actions part of a routine that we could do with our eyes closed. When we forget to pause, to open our eyes, and to simply be, we risk losing a connection to our own lives. Today I am pausing, looking around me, and focusing on gratitude.

Even though I am stressed about performing well at my interviews this month and have moments of anxiety, I am so grateful to have so many options and to already have done so well at some of the sites I most want to be at next year. 

I am thankful that my supervisors want me to do well and encourage my abilities and growth. They have helped me feel nurtured, and I am so happy that I'm in the right place.

I feel a little lonely with the hubs being away visiting family, but it's a short trip, and I get to talk to him every day and send him silly text messages. 

I am thankful that sometimes, all I need is a quiet night on the couch with my cat gazing lazily at me through one eye to make me feel at peace.

Although our schedules have been busy, my friends here make time to see each other, and I'm very excited to have Sunday brunch with them this weekend to catch up and relax. I am so fortunate to have such supportive, loving people in my life.

I'm writing this from a comfortable, warm bed that makes me feel tranquil, and I live in a wonderful apartment in a great, safe neighborhood in a wonderful, engaging city. My basic needs have always been taken of. 

That's just what I'm feeling this week. What are you putting on your gratitude list?