I spent my weekend with a terrific group of ladies at East to West Yoga and Pilates. Six of us have been working through a certification together. In this time, we have discussed our bodies and our minds. The aches and pains – both physical and mental – that we live with on a daily basis.
Many of them are the sandwich generation – they have jobs, their kids are starting to leave the nest, and they have aging parents with declining health. As I was reflecting on our conversations, the song Good Mother by Jann Arden popped into my head. To me, the song is about being grateful while also acknowledging the hardships of life.
So what am I grateful for …
“I’ve got money in my pocket” — I’m grateful that I have money in my pocket and a credit card too.
“I like the color of my hair” — I’m grateful for the especially fetching shade thanks to my hairdresser.
“I’ve got a friend who loves me” — I’m grateful for not only one friend but many friends and a husband and a daughter and parents too.
“Got a house, I’ve got a car” — I’m grateful that we purchased our condo before the Toronto market went crazy and I love the car that not only gets me to work but travels my family around town.
“I’ve got a good mother” — I’m grateful for her love and for being my sounding board.
“And her voice is what keeps me here” — I’m not always grateful for the voice that tries to ground me but she is often right.
“Feet on ground… Heart in hand” — I’m grateful that by working through my yoga 500hr certification I get to ground my feet, ground my mind, look into my heart, and remind myself to be authentic. I’m also grateful for the encouragement and inspiration by Susie the owner of East to West Yoga.
“Facing forward… Be yourself” — I’m grateful and privileged to be able to do a job that makes me feel like me. Unlike past jobs where I had to play dress-up in office appropriate gear.
“Cardboard masks of all the people I’ve been” — I’m grateful for the education I have and the jobs I have done; they make me the person I am today.
“Thrown out with all the rusted, tangled, dented God Damned miseries” — I’m grateful that I’ve had the support of others to shed the past careers.
“I’ve got a good father” — I’m grateful for my father’s support and for inheriting his stubbornness.
“And his strength is what makes me cry” — I’m grateful that despite his health problems, he can still be stubborn and do things like spend 8-hours in the garden. I’m grateful that he has taught me that it is ok to cry but that we shouldn’t wallow in pain and instead to dust ourselves off and to keep on going.
Funny how a weekend yoga course and a great Canadian song-writer can make you think.
What are you grateful for today?
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