Weekly Gratitude 1:5

I've been doing a short post of things I am grateful for, along with setting a weekly intention.  I've also been talking about products that I'm currently loving on (no ads); or perhaps a piece of poetry, song, or quote that is resonating with me during that particular week.  It's important for us to continually be grateful for even the most mundane tasks; it keeps us humble & reminds us that (even during hard seasons) our lives are truly wonderful.

This week I am grateful for:

  1. Our right to vote.  Regardless of your political stance, it is such a beautiful right we have in this country to voice our opinions & elect those we feel should lead our nation. We have the opportunity to have our voices heard & change history.  Sometimes it can be hard to see these ideals, especially if living here has been the only thing you've ever known.  It can be easy to take something like voting for granted; I know I've been guilty of that before.  But remembering that those many things in our daily lives we might consider mundane, someone else is dreaming about reminds us to stay grateful for our right to vote.
  2. Our ability to see past political differences.  Throughout my life I have had many dear ones close to me who have very opposing views.  I get along plenty well with those of differing beliefs because our political views don't speak to who we are as people.  There are many wonderful & kind people on both sides of the political line, same as there are many selfish & hateful people on both sides.  This always reminds me of a Harry Potter quote:

“Besides, the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters. We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.” -Sirius Black, Harry Potter & the OftP

For recommendations this week, I'm currently reading The Well Adjusted Child, The Social Benefits of Homeschooling by Rachel Gathercole.  This book is a wonderful source for those contemplated homeschooling & have questions, addressing the socialization aspect.  I really feel deep in my bones I'm meant to (or at least attempt) homeschooling Reagan.  I'd love to see where that kind of passionate one on one learning can go.  If you lovely readers have any suggestions for more insightful homeschooling books &/or tools, I'd love to hear them. Drop a comment below!

And finally, this week's intention is all about letting unwanted emotions go.  When I'm experiencing an uncomfortable feeling (be it jealousy, resentment, envy), I'm inviting myself to just sit with the feeling for a moment.  Mooji, a spiritual teacher once said, "Feelings are just visitors, let them come & go."  I've been chanting that in my head as I sit in these disagreeable moments. I invite you to as well.


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