Today I was inspired to start focusing on all the good things happening to me each day.
The whole point of feeling better is to feel better, but our progress can also be measured in the circumstances of life.
Better yet, appreciating the good things we already have is an excellent way to feel better about life right now.
So I thought it a good idea to begin adding up and appreciating these good things in life and posting them here to help me focus.
First up: I slept really well last night! I woke up feeling relaxed and rested.
My wife’s plans for the day changed, and instead of cleaning up the house for guests she’s gone out to a cafe and the baby is asleep so I have unexpected alone-time to relax and think about things and feel good!
I had an insight into my planned Four Temperaments book. I realised that trying to be methodical and exhaustively detached just didn’t suit me. I don’t just want to rehash what others have said; I want to share my own experiences and reflections and that means taking an unapologetically melancholic perspective for a determinedly melancholic audience!
My wife spontaneously did a couple of chores around the house that we’ve both been meaning to do for ages but never got around to!
It’s delightfully cool and windy today – the autumn weather I love most!
I roasted my last batch of coffee and ordered twenty kilos more of green beans!
We had a great Easter with a big family lunch yesterday and it all went really well!
This morning I heard an excerpt from an Abraham-Hicks talk, and it inspired me to write a blog post that really homes in on my spiritual perspective. I was really pleased with that post, and it even drew together a poem by Kabir, a passage from the Dao De Jing, an excerpt from Samuel and a bit of Theology of sacrifice and atonement. Suitably eclectic, interior and mystical!
I took my daughter for a walk this afternoon and met up with my wife. We enjoyed looking at beautiful and interesting houses on the way home.
My wife saved me some delicious churros. I don’t think I’ve had them before.
We had enough ingredients for a tasty salad for dinner, drank a beer brewed by a friend, and watched one of my favourite tv shows.
An easy, pleasant day full of enjoyment and peaceful relaxation!
Counting blessings is an interesting process because it
begs the question prompts me to wonder: what are blessings to me?
Something prosaic like my wife spontaneously finishing an old chore is meaningful to me in my life.
And it’s translatable to others in the form of: a lingering domestic burden suddenly and easily taken care of. Nice!
But more personal to me are things like: being inspired to write a post that hits all the right notes for my spiritual beliefs and experiences.
It doesn’t need to be translated to others, but perhaps I need to translate it for myself? Because things like money and property and relationships are often easier to assign value to, since their value is widely accepted (though still variable and subjective).
We can “count our blessings” financially and familially and in terms of health and relationships. But ultimately blessings are for us as individuals to appreciate, and what I appreciate as an individual needn’t have currency to others more broadly.
Like finding an article in Chinese about the martial art i practice. It’s a rare art and resources are scarce, so even a humble newspaper article means a lot to me. Count my blessings!
But even that can be translated to others.
Let me then consider a blessing the ease with which I thought of, and found online, the quotations I used in my blog post.
Let me consider it a blessing the ease with which I put into words my experience of finding God within me, and the work of soothing and reconciling worldly thoughts that take me away from that inner peace and knowing.
Let me count as a blessing how I managed to soften and soothe a painful thought, rather than digging into it looking for resolution.
If we rely on others’ real or imagined criteria for what a blessing is, we might think we are hard done by.
But laying claim to the things that I value, the things that are blessings to me, I can appreciate more fully the abundance at my disposal.
After all, I’ve been wanting and asking for unusual things like deeper understanding of prayer and mediation, greater familiarity with sacred texts, and an instinctive sureness in finding my own answers.
If I count them all they will add up to a great deal, regardless of how much store others place in them. I’m the one who values them, so let me value them properly and feel the appreciation of being so blessed!