Gratitude List 11/3/23
As well as posh dressing gowns and puppets of Margaret Thatcher, Jermyn St has these words of William Blake, engraved on the wall, at the back of St James Church. For enduring beauty, for mysticism and wisdom: Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
Trafalgar Square was full of business. There is a St Patrick's day Parade tomorrow. Stalls and arenas were being constructed. Meanwhile helicopters whirl overhead. For endeavour and exuberance: Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
Entering St James Park reminds me of walking into a painting. I am endlessly fascinated by the way in which it contains so many different worlds, and lives. Thanks to Flo (who was wearing a sweater) people stop and chat. We speak of dogs and how fortunate it is that Squirrels run faster than Flo. For connection and the kindness of strangers: Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
The St James route, through the park, back pass The Ritz, to Charing Cross Road via Jermyn Street (which I think of as one of my rat runs) is useful because it takes 7,500 steps. This makes it easier to achieve my daily 10,000 step target. And it's interesting too. For all of its opulence, passing by the Ritz, the real treasure lies in the window boxes containing perfect miniature daffodils. For spring: Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
Clients and future appointments came into my life today. Also Thank You notes, saying that the work makes a difference. For the deep pleasure of my work: Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
A friend recommended the Netflix film: Faraway. As Zach remarked it's a middle aged film. I loved it. For escapism: Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
Alfie the Corgi came to visit. He was a mischievous guest. He actually had the chutzpah to pull my coat down from the back of a chair and raid the pockets for gravy bones. For chutzpah: Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
I remembered to buy some tonic water. The reward for this organisation was a G & T. Not only that but there was also a lemon in the house. Bingo! For G & T (with lemon): Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
As this practice, the gratitude practice, encourages me to see my day as offering sacred connections, I work to integrate my sharper side. It has a place and helps me to be balanced, grounded and not drift away, becoming lost in admiration and prayer. For focus: Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
For my day, for the love contained therein. More than 1000 Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.