Gratitude and Cookies

Gratitude and Cookies! I have been reading “You Are A Badass At Making Money” by Jen Sincere. This book is about mastering your mindset to bring more abundance into your life through a combination of opening to possibility, defining what you are looking for, seeing the value in what is around you, working hard and identifying when good things come your way. Just reading this book has made me more mindful and lent me some optimism.

Gratitude and Cookies

Gratitude and Cookies

Jen Sincero in her book titled “You Are A Badass At Making Money” tells a story of several children who receive cookies. A couple children greedily gobble down the cookies and run off. One of the kids whines about how their cookie isn’t as big as another child’s cookie. Another thinks how many cookies they receive is unfair. Another child criticizes the flavor of cookie because they prefer oatmeal raisin to chocolate chip. Some children happily munch on their cookies, haphazardly say thank-you and just as happily walk away.

And then there is the kid who is truly grateful for the cookie they get to eat. They thank the neighborhood mom who made the cookies and tell her how good the cookies were. They show genuine deep appreciation for the cookies. Maybe this kid even helps wash the dishes and clean up the kitchen.

I’ll bet that last grateful kid also enjoyed their cookies more.

The Great Big Universe

Sincero in her book says that the universe is like the neighborhood mom handing out the cookies. The grateful kids who enjoy the cookies , the ones who happily munch on their cookies without a fuss are the ones who the mom likes to bake for. However, the mindful, grateful kid who tells that mom how wonderful her cookies were? And helps clean up the kitchen. That’s the one the baker really wants to make cookies for. That’s the kid who will be invited in to stir the batter and lick the bowl and have as many cookies as they want.

I read this and my first thought was of Eddie Haskell from “Leave It To Beaver”, except Eddie Haskell was never genuinely grateful. He was just a suck up. This story of the cookies and gratitude stuck with me. I thought about it off and on for the last two days.

Sincero talks about gratitude being a way to get in touch with faith, to raise one’s frequency to match that of the “Universal Intelligence”, and more. A quote from the book on page 159 reads,

“There is no lack of things to be grateful for if you remember to pay attention.”

Ok, Let Me Take a Look Around

While having read all of this, I still began to have a less than spectacular Monday. I took a minute, took a deep breath and thought about what in my situation I had to be grateful for. A bit of really oppressive black Monday, cloudy day thoughts lifted. A co-worker did an amazing job of presenting the work our team has been doing and he spoke well for us in a meeting, I sent him a thank-you. And it made me feel pretty good.

I paid close attention to the music I was listening to and this added to my good mood.

Arriving home after rehashing some negative past stuff about my career change with my music teacher, I sat at the kitchen table. I took a deep breath and thought of as many things as I could that I am thankful for. I expressed my gratitude for things I would be bummed if they weren’t in my life. Actually, I tweeted them out. I felt silly, but also my mood elevated. So, I tweeted more and I realized there were a great many things that I am genuinely glad are in my life. And a good number of these are pretty damn mundane. Flush toilets, electric kettles and antibiotics spring to mind!

Conclusion?

I am definitely going to keep reading Ms. Sincero’s book. And I recommend this book to other people even if you don’t want to make money like a badass.

 

What A Wonderful World

Today, despite still feeling a wee bit under the weather due to the lingering effects of an ear infection and a round of antibiotics, I was overwhelmed by how wondrous the world is. Sometimes when I stop and consider, I realize that life is very much an adventure and there are so many interesting and exciting things. So many things to learn, see, experience. It’s a choice to embrace all that is available and to stay open to what our world has to offer. This is a small sample from today:

I read about how if children are talked to more, and through this simple act have their vocabularies enriched, it helps them to achieve better academically.

I went to a lecture where it was discussed how string theory can help to explain tricky problems involving condensed matter physics. The lecture was specifically about viscosity and how viscosity does not vary despite pressure and it appears to have a set minimum.

I picked up yummy bagels off a park bench because the bakery puts them out at the end of the day for anyone who wants to take them for free. This was a big help because this month my paycheck is not stretching as far as it should.

I talked with a friend of mine who lives halfway around the world through the miracle of the internet. A hundred years ago it would have taken weeks of traveling by ship to hear his voice or to send a letter.

I was able to pull up any music that I wanted to listen to this afternoon while I worked in my office. I listened to rock, reggae, Celtic folk, Afrobeat, and classical music.

I found and reread an archeology article about the murders of five children and an older woman that occurred 3000 years ago. The murders are a topic of speculation and the evidence is still being examined. As technology improves new clues are deciphered.

I listened to Noam Chomsky on the radio discuss the ramifications of the protests in Cairo.

I read an article disputing the methodology used in analyzing the DNA of mummies in Egypt and comparing it to the DNA analysis that has been done on other long dead individuals.

I spoke to a co-worker about recreating a traditional Italian dish that I had read about in a fantasy novel set in Renaissance Italy, but I made the recipe vegetarian.

I watched the beginning of the fifth season of Dr. Who and saw the eleventh doctor this evening. I am undecided about what I think about Matt Smith. I very much liked David Tennant’s portrayal of the Doctor.

I heard the snow. When it is very cold, it sounds like you are walking on styrofoam because it squeaks under your shoes. A writer that I know on an online writers’ forum described it like this and she is absolutely correct.

It’s late at the moment. The air is very cold. I need to sleep so that tomorrow I can be ready for another day.

More Things That I Adore

This is a continuation from the previous post.

10. Blueberries, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, and salad greens with a vinaigrette made from cherry flavored balsamic vinegar and olive olive. Yum!
11. The smell after a rain shower.
12. Watching a thunderhead roll in over Lake Michigan.
13. The transformed and pristine view of the landscape after the first snow of winter.
14. The pale green of new shoots sprouting on plants in the spring.
15. The smell of fresh tomatoes from the garden.
16. The smell of basil.
17. The taste and smell of lapsang souchong.
18. Losing myself while working on a drawing.
19. The feel of paint on my fingers.
20. The feel of heavy silk and the surprise at the richness of the color after dyeing the material.
21. Curling up on my futon after a long day of work and nesting into my quilts.

I will stop there for now. I like odd numbers

Small List of Things I Adore

I am starting a small list of things that I adore. I plan to add to this list until it is GARGANTUAN.

1. Getting some of my assigned writing done and knowing how to proceed with the rest. WOOHOO!
2. Yogurt with strawberries and granola. YUM!
3. Moist dried apricots handed to me by adorable four year old boys. Yeh!
4. Friends who keep me sane. You know who you are!
5. Happy babies who play my silly baby games and gurgle, squeal, and giggle joyously with me. YIPPEE!
6. Cats who know when I am stressed and purr in my ear. And who come home after escaping into the jungle of Michigan.
7. Bright flowers on tall stems that wave in a gentle breeze. Daisies and lilies. WOOT!
8. Children who read stories to me because I need to be read to.
9. Music that makes my feet want to dance and my body want to move. Yeh!

I like odd numbers so I think I will stop there.