01 August 2006

Grateful For

Here I sit at a lovely air conditioned branch of the Toronto Public Library. My house is a damp sauna full of dirty dishes and about 110 degrees with the humidex. I refuse to turn on the air conditioning beacause:
a) I'm cheap
b) I feel guilty cooling the whole house when I am the only person home, and
c) I take heed of the City's plea for conservation during peak times (really, I do)

I went to a mall after dropping the daughter at her cool, shady, splash pad daycamp. Malls obviously are not heeding requests to avoid over air-conditioning. It was parka weather in there and I'm wearing a tank top. Not a comfortable situation in more ways than one (you all know what I mean).
So, back to gratitude. One of the exercises I'm doing lately to get myself a bit more together is a morning checklist of blessings. I have the defeating habit of waking up anxious and fretful about all the tasks that need doing that day. This tends to be a downer, ya know? So, the idea is to, before getting up, quickly list 5 things you are grateful for. Often it's as simple a "there's a nice breeze today" or "my pillow is soft". With me, something yarn related is almost in there. Anyway, it puts off the worry until at least coffee time, when the world seems a bit more manageable.
How is all this rambling related? Well, as I sit here reading knitting books and writing letters and using the free internet, I know that tomorrow the air conditioned, (but not too much), and blessedly quiet TPL is going to be at the top of my list.
Now I'm going to knit in the corner.


krista said...

I'll play too- I am grateful that I am drinking a nice cup of morning coffee.

Yvette said...

Krista, you actually popped into my head while I was posting. I guessed that you would like the idea.

Not An Artist said...

That sounds like a good idea, making a morning listing of blessings. I will have to give it a try.

It's so hot...

LadyLungDoc said...

Interesting - I just read a book that suggested coming up with a daily list of things to be happy about as a cure for "satisfaction fatigue" - aka developing tolerance to things so that you eventually become dissatisfied with what previously was good enough.