I lay in bed at 5:27 a.m. setting my intention for the day.
How about a Thanksgiving twist?
This Thanksgiving I’ll be grateful for the shit in my life.
Reasoning if I could be grateful for the shit, being grateful for the gifts would be Thanksgiving on steroids.
Intention set, I got out of bed stumbling barefooted in the darkness toward the bathroom. My foot came down on something warm, soft and mushy.
Wait, that did not just happen.
Note to self, when setting intentions be very specific about language.
Yes, I had just stepped in my first gift of the morning.
“Whaddya grateful for now?”
I admit it’s much easier to be philosophical while warm in bed, than on-the- spot grateful with warm crap between my toes.
Why was I grateful for stepping in poop?
- My feet were cold and the sensation of stepping in something warm and soft was actually nice for a second.
- Stepping in poop meant I had a dog.
- I loved my dog. I know I’m much better at unconditionally loving my dog than any other being. I don’t harbor long-standing grudges or anger toward her. I get mad, clean it up and move on.
- I like practicing unconditional love. It reminds me of how I can practice with people I care deeply about and how much more love and fullness I have when I direct my energy towards love and forgiveness.
- Finally, I was grateful I was fully awake and alert (a morning ritual that usually takes longer)
Yeah, well that’s just a little crap, I hear you saying, “What about the big things like financial crap and health challenges.”
I periodically do a dumpster dive and though I never say, “Bring on the crap,” if I seriously look for the gifts I find them.
For example, what was the gift of losing approximately 75% of our net worth in 2008? I developed a practice of faith, not just the emergency call to God when life was falling apart. I was grateful for the deep friendships that surfaced and floated like buoys in a stormy sea. I gained a paradigm shift about wealth and abundance and resilience.
Health challenges have brought out my inner resources of strength and self care enabling me to heal and share my wisdom.
Relationship crap has forced me to look inward and examine my side–still an ongoing process.
Crap is the fertilizer of our life’s experience and as long as you’re planting something, your garden will grow.
So what is the crap you’re grateful for?
Who has this allowed you to become? What super powers did you discover you possessed? Who are you still becoming?
Make Believe~Make Belief Affirmation: Today I find gratitude in all my life’s challenges. I believe what is happening to me is happening for me.