“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” – Massieu
yes. gratiude IS the memory of the heart. it remembers life’s heartache so that the gratitude of good times is that much stronger. that much brighter. and that much truer. life has been so fun lately. so easy. so sunny, emotionally & spiritually. the pessimist in me sometimes wonders how long this will keep up. isn’t that horrible? when i was a little one, i think i somehow thought that grown-ups had hard lives. my mom struggled so much through my younger years (nothing she could have controlled) that i think i grew up with the perception that life was hard. and now here i am, grown-up, having the time of my life. and so is she, by the way. how cool is that?! and yes, life can be hard, and messy, and exhausting, but half of it is perception and attitude. and for now, for me, i’m in a space where i feel like any hiccup in life is manageable if i keep the spirit of ease and peace around me. in graduate school i read a book called Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. it is one of the only books i recall reading in graduate school and it left quite an impression. i’m definitely in the Flow of life right now, feeling very alive, with meaning and purpose. i’m savoring it, knowing it may not last forever, but it will serve me well in any of my journeys.
this week Lisa and I met up for a bit of shopping, roaming, and dinner. we had the BEST time. she is the most like myself of almost anyone i know which makes our friendship so fun and easy. it was a nite without boys, kids, phones. such a treat!
John, Roxanna, Sarah, and I went to Last Thursday last nite. it’s always a treat to go. major people watching. street artists. street musicians. craftiness everywhere. so fun. this city is so friggin cool. there’s nothing i love more than an open market. especially if the sun is out. i could wander for hours, looking at all the stuff, the people, sipping on wine, or hot chocolate.