Today's practice is to practice specific gratitude toward people who make our lives work. When you get into the kitchen and find a clean glass, you could take a moment to be grateful to the person who washed it (yes, even if it was you!). When you look at a flower, maybe inwardly thank the people who planted the seed, grew it, picked it, or otherwise helped to make that possible. When you get in your car, can you imagine the many people who've had a hand in making that car available to you and send them thanks. How many people can you appreciate today? And can you find someone to be grateful toward for everything you touch?
A few of mine:
I'm grateful to you for reading this.
I'm grateful for my son's idea of what to make for dinner.
I'm grateful for the people who contributed to the couch I'm sitting on.
I'm grateful for people who made the computer possible, and for their moms and all the people who fostered their creativity and brilliance.
I'm grateful for my own mom, without whom I would have no body!
I'm grateful for the people who build this house 140 years ago.
I'm a mom, wife, daughter, friend, and teacher who has long struggled with the desire to be the perfect person I imagine that I should be. Practicing mindfulness helps me find peace with my imperfect journey--being with myself as I truly am, loving my family as they are, and showing up for a messy world with openness and compassion.