Friday, February 5, 2010

My Simplicity

Yesterday I wrote about simplicity starting with Me.  Of course I meant MY simplicity starts with Me, just as Yours begins with You.  My path will not be the same as yours, but I hope it can inspire you.  I've mentioned the book Simple Abundance a few times.  Its daily meditations keep me focused so that I may discover my authentic self and the life I am intended to live.  The exercises, too, reinforce my course.  Using your hands to create a tangible version of your inner, authentic self, stamps on your memory a snapshot of your soul.  This book is essential for Any Woman or Creative Man.

Your path will begin with "gratitude."  After evaluating yourself -- who you are, what you like, etc. -- you are asked to list up to five things you are grateful for today.  I started doing this in November 2009, about a month before I received the Simple Abundance book as a birthday gift.  My daily gratitude list has been key to coping with external stresses in my life.  The list shifts my focus from the negative influences I can't control to the positive aspects I can appreciate.  This mood and tone of my mind, then, begins each day with thankfulness and optimism.  Not a bad way to kick off the morning, eh?

It isn't enough for me to simply feel grateful.  I want to share my gratitude with others.  Recently I thanked my parents for moving us to Plano during my 6th-grade year.  At the time, I was miserable because I had left all that was familiar to me: friends, neighborhood, school, dance studio.  All people and places I had always known.  We moved to a place that was different in every way from what I had always known.  It was a difficult place to fit in, and for nearly three years I begged them to move us back "home."  Eventually, though, I found my niche.  Today I have a massive network of friends from childhood, friends from work, and scores of friends and acquaintances I have made through building  Growing up in a suburb renown for its intensity and pressure on students to excel has offered opportunities not available to me in Nashville.  Although initially I resisted Plano, as an adult I am grateful I survived it.  Living there inspired me to aim high, to set impossible goals, and to pursue them despite any obstacles that might appear on my path.  I will keep striving for my version of success.  Thank you, Mom and Dad.  I love you both very much.

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