Attitude of gratitude

Open up your heart, Carly, and give thanks to the people around you who love and support you. In your constant drive toward perfection, you may do a great deal of criticizing and judging. Now is the time to put this attitude aside and adopt an attitude of gratitude. Shower yourself and others with rewards that reflect the hard work, dedication, and love that surround you. This is a time for celebration and exuberance, so be more expressive of your love.

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This was my horoscope for yesterday.  To be honest, when I first read it, while pirating wireless from the floor of Ryan’s apartment in Victoria, it didn’t mean much.  Then, when I read it again today, it really started to mean a whole  lot more. 

I’m what you might call a cerebral person.  I am able to detach myself from emotion a lot of the time and instead make decisions or allow my options taken to be dictated by fact and reason.  I do often go with my gut, but my brain still carries the majority of the decision making weight.

Maybe five days of Island breeze is too much for me or maybe I’m just getting soft, but when I reread that email just now, I kind of thought “Yeah, I should try to be more open, more loving, more gracious and more grateful.”  Just in case I’m in the midst of some weird hippie transformation, I immediately made an appointment to get this long ass hair cut.  ASAP.  This nice version of me could very well disappear in a matter of days.

Take advantage of it now.

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In the theme of gratitude, here are five things I am feeling very grateful for, in no particular order:

  1. The chance to spend some time with my best girlfriend ever.  I can’t even express in words how I melt in her presence, right down to being the person that I really am.  I swear our visits are certifiably therapeutic.
  2. Discovering Victoria.  What a freaking great city.  I feel like a complete asshole for never picking up on it before.  I can’t wait to go back.
  3. My folks.  We had a very traditional celebratory Easter dinner tonight.  You know, salmon on the barbecue.  The teenager in me is still so shocked to realize how great my parents really are.
  4. Home.  I’m a homebody, a recluse of sorts.  It was so nice to return back to my bed and my cats and my usual surroundings yesterday.  Familiarity never felt so good!
  5. An extended vacation.  Even if it’s only a little longer, I still have a full day and a half before I have to go to work.
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7 Responses to “Attitude of gratitude”

  1. Jean-Luc Picard Says:

    Excellent post; Victoria sounds beautiful.

  2. chuck Says:

    I, for one, am waiting for the old Carly to return…enough of this mushy gratitude and showering b.s.
    Glad you had a great holiday!

  3. Say Rah! Says:

    ok, i’ll admit we’ve never met, but that horoscope doesn’t sound like the carly i pretend to know. i think you’re just great the way you are, so don’t go changing.

    and your haircut comment just reinforces the frustration i’m feeling about my own head of hair. i am ov.er.due.

    happy easter!

  4. Grady Says:

    The one point about your post that struck me was the point about your folks.

    Alot of people never come to that point with their parents. In some cases, people do have shitty parents, but for the most part, they are the only people who will ALWAYS be there for us.

    It’s really cool when you can get along with your folks. I have great parents and consider them as much friends as parents.

    I feel extremely fortunate to have the relationship with my parents that I do. I am glad that you have a good one with your folks too.

  5. Courtney Says:

    I feel the same way about my parents. In high school there was so much conflict and I really thought my parents were the biggest losers on the planet. Now, I really wish they lived closer so that I could spend more time with them!

    And I totally hear you on home. I hate being away from home for too long. I love my house and my cats and being surrounded by my own things.

  6. Bex Says:

    Funny about the comments about parents. Just as we were leaving my parents’ house yesterday, mom and dad waving goodbye in the window, Hubby said, “Those are some good parents you have there.” I said, “Yeah, I know.”

    And Victoria – I love it too, although it’s been years since I’ve been. We tried to squeeze in a day at the end of our Nanaimo trip last summer, but couldn’t quite make it.

    Good thing you booked a hair cut before you were inspired to put in dreadlocks or beads or some shit like that too.

  7. Dex Says:

    I just can’t quite figure out what the big deal is with Easter. Hmm?

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