What I’m Grateful For: Walks with the Doggo best real estate websites

One of the quirky things about humans is our ability to get used to almost anything. It’s an essential piece of our survival as a species – we can get accustomed to incredibly difficult circumstances and adapt and learn to thrive in very harsh conditions – but this same ability to habituate causes us to quickly get accustomed to the GOOD things and take them for granted in a remarkably short time. You get a new car, a new pair of jeans, a new accessory for your office – and initially you are so happy! But SO quickly, the newness wears off and that burst of happiness is gone and it’s back to the same-old, same-old.

There are only two real options – you can keep jumping from new item to new item, chasing the elusive burst of happiness – OR you can begin a lifelong practice of intentional gratitude. If you take the time to remember that you loved that car, you chose it, you worked for it, and take a minute to be grateful for it and for the hard work that got it, your joy in your car will be renewed on a regular basis.

Like today, when I went – yet again – on the same walk in the mountains with my dog that I have done literally HUNDREDS of times. The same road, the same dog, the same hills. But today there was a raven that flew over very close, and a small plane that flew low overhead. The road was icy but I had good boots that kept me safe. The air was freezing but the sun was very warm. The snow is melting slowly and spring is going to come. I didn’t have much time but I had enough to take a walk. The dog was as happy as he always is, bounding and jumping around. Today I am just as grateful for that walk as the first time I did it, almost two decades ago.

I saw on a bag of tea once, a quote. “Happiness is wanting what you already have.” A life of gratitude is how you cultivate the ability to want what you already have. It’s such a small thing, but it’s the difference between a life lived in joy and happiness, or the very same life filled with unmet longings and dissatisfaction. And it’s only up to you to make it happen.

What I’m Reading: Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday. I’ve just started this book, so I don’t have much to tell you yet. But I love this author’s writings on stoicism and this looks to be one of his best yet. It’s about finding and cultivating a deep stillness in mind, soul and body. I’ll tell you more next week!

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Quote I’m Pondering: “If the mind is disciplined, the heart turns quickly from fear to love.” -John Cage