We’ve all had the conversation about our Attitude of Gratitude.  Or, lack thereof.  Prepare yourselves, it’s popped up again this week.

            During the winter holidays, and even around someone’s birthday, we hear so much in regards to the “spirit” of giving/the thought that counts, and where those concepts come from.  Discussion is endless, sadly, action is not always the commodity we have enough of.

             (It’s just sometimes so easy to fall back into the complaining mode!)

             Setting our minds in this direction, the Universe would like us, please, to focus on:


             Our very existence is a gift.  Our relationships…. gifts.  Being fortunate enough to own a home, or a car, or a bike.  All gifts.  Having clothes, food, phones, a job: gifts gifts gifts.

             When we look with eyes of appreciation, instead of lack (or misguided need), we can truly see how extremely lucky we are.

             It’s hot here, I’m miserable (and cranky and über uncomfortable all the time).  The weather is going to get even hotter in the next week.  I am searching for the blessings.  I am also still searching for the shit that got lost in our move.

             Right now, the good absolutely outweighs the bad, and I feel so VERY grateful for that.  It’s just, as you well know, challenging!

             I was directed to a certain deck for this post.  But, I can’t find it.  Instead, I’ve been poking around in my archived images.  This is what we are supposed to see right now.


             Not my photograph, but it captures the feeling which is being channeled through me, to you.  Gratitude.  Gifts.  Love.  See it, see the blessings.   See what we have, not what we’re missing.

             Then, say thank you.

Today’s Resources:

me.  And a view from years ago.

Today’s Sharing:

is to tell everyone that in the past week, guests as well as other staff at my hotel, have been gifting me in such a generous and abundant way; I simply have to cry, because I don’t know how else to react.

             I’ve received, an artistically crafted nautilus fossil necklace, a hand-crocheted afghan, a special container of my favorite foreign tea, an Oregon cherry truffle, a beautiful bakery cupcake, and a solid handshake (from a [previously very grumpy] man who told me that it was HIS pleasure to meet me and spend time with me).

             I was expecting none of this, it just seems to keep happening.  For all of it, I am humbly grateful.







8 thoughts on “With a bow on top.

  1. My beautiful Beastie, my Pretty Princess was gifted to me sometime in 1999, I don’t remember the exact date. We (myself & partner at the time) were not looking for a small furry companion, but she came to us when a co-worker adopted her and then his housemates wouldn’t let him keep her, so he brought her to work find her a new home. We couldn’t have pets in our apt. But while Amy sat at a desk making telemarketing calls this adorable creature curled up in the crook of her elbow and slept there for the whole shift (Amy’s arm was asleep by the end of it, because she couldn’t bear to disturb the adorableness). She was ours, and eventually we moved when we got caught with her.

    When Amy & I broke up, i (thankfully!!!) got custody. Since then Beastie has been entirely mine. So loyal and devoted to me that she is more like a dog, but about anyone else she couldn’t care less. When we stayed with my Grandma for a few months, Grandma once remarked “she’s a one-person [non-dog companion].”

    She has been a constant in my life through many changes: through graduating college, different jobs, different partners, different abodes. She was the first source of truly unconditional love I ever had.

    She now lays catatonic on her princess bed, and my heart is breaking. Thank you, Julie, for this post, for because of it I realized that not only was she an incredible gift, but she was a gift just for me. Her entire incarnation was devoted to loving & being there for me. What an amazing thing that is!!!! Even though my heart is breaking, it is filled to the brim with gratitude for this incredible gift The Universe bestowed!!!

    Thank you so much, Julie, for delivering this perfect message to help me realize the full extent of the gift I was given!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

      1. Oh, Corina! My heart aches for you. They leave such a hole in your life when they move on! If you were here I would give you such a squeeze! I’m sending many healing and soothing thoughts your way to help you through. Blessings.

      2. My most sweetest and special friend Corina, I never know how or why or when these messages arrive, I just know that they do. In your case, it was heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time.

        We love you, all of us here in JulieLand, and we have all walked in your shoes. We are with you, holding your hand and crying with loss as well as joy.

        Thank you for sharing. Thank for letting us be a part of this chapter.

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