December 14 – Appreciate What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? (Author: Victoria Klein)
Appreciate. Appreciate. Appreciate.
So many things to appreciate and when you start to enumerate them or gush over them they become, what? banal? over stated. over done.
In 2010 I’ve learned to appreciate the challenges. The fights-against. The inner arguments and the less-than-perfects. All within myself.
In those moments of frustration and yelling and banging my head and fists against walls (literally and figuratively) I’ve managed to take some stock and learn something. I’m an all or nothing gal. I’m looking forward to living a full and vibrant and funny life – that includes me going all out and all in and that means sometimes getting angry and sanctimonious and snarly. Because in those moments, I learn and I embrace and laugh more loudly.
I appreciate the quirks of being human, even when I most want to drop them from the top of the Empire State Building and watch them splatter along the sidewalks (with no one below of course — these are my quirks and I wouldn’t want them to hurt anyone else).
I appreciate all the other stuff too, of course, every day I appreciate more my sense of smell. Leaning into a whiff of honeysuckle or rose during a brisk walk, the scent of mulchy, moldy, crunched up leaves and the crisp crackle in the woods as the pressure drops.
I appreciate knowing the energy is all connected, the wind, the heat, the cosmos — is wafting from me to you and back again. That is pretty freaking awesometastic.
I appreciate hands. I’m grateful for the roadmap they’ve given me to compassion and clarity. I appreciate the wonder they provide not just for me, but for everyone who steps into the land of the hand. It’s so powerful and I’m in so much awe.
I appreciate making up words and the ability my brain has to take me on far-off-fantastical-journeys and then plop me back down on my butt at my desk.
I appreciate the clients that make my heart sing and I appreciate the balls I’m growing to clear out the lovely but not-heart-singing ones. I truly appreciate clearing the clutter and muck in my life and my business and my heart.
I appreciate the ability to (finally) make friends and trust the process, without fear that they’ll abandon me, find another friend or find me annoying, clingy or odd. (yes, I’m all of those but I’ve learned true friends are okay with it all — I don’t need to fake it anymore).
As I near the end of the year and the end of my 45th year, I can say that I appreciate me.