Tumbling down subway steps in stilettos today challenged being peaceful. As the adrenaline subsided, I rubbed my bruised knee, jiggled my ankle and went back to being peaceful. I was able to return to peacefulness as I surveyed my body, grateful that I didn’t do anything to warrant an emergency room visit. I fell well. Disaster was averted.
I noticed that gratitude has a lot to do with maintaining peace. When I go to a space of being thankful, I simply cannot continue to be scared, worried or irritated. Gratefulness is the kryptonite to be being distraught, which brings us to today’s challenge.
Today’s challenge: Practice being grateful no matter what, especially in situations where that would be your last thought.
I’ve been noting what I’m grateful for in my 30-day posts and this challenge expands on that. My challenge is to bring gratitude into situations where I normally wouldn’t, bolstering the peace I promised to gift myself this month.
Today’s victory: Bringing peace to today’s nonstop animated conversations. I can be passionate and peaceful at the same time. Peace is not numbness. It scoops out a very safe, delightful place for me to enjoy people even when they don’t think like me.
Gratitude: I am grateful for the delightful bed that awaits my closeness every day. Its love, unconditional. Its acceptance, steadfast.
On the horizon: Making space for beginner’s mind, adventures in no complaining, and writing that much this month