Health & Wellness

Gratitude and Ordinary Beauty

The sun was rising today as I drove into work–which is true on many days given how goddamn early I have to get up–but the way it was playing on the clouds this morning in particular was absolutely glorious: that gorgeous pink-orange light splayed out across the clouds, like the slightest ripples on the surface of an otherwise still lake. The whole sky was golden. Perfect.

In fact, it was so beautiful I decided to pull over and take a picture at a viewpoint. The cool thing was: I wasn’t the only one. There were like 6 or 7 other cars that had pulled over too and everyone had their camera out taking pictures.

I was like, “guess we all had the same thought.” And the others simply smiled and nodded.

The picture on the top of the post (btw, if you’re viewing on your phone, the post photo doesn’t really even appear–I’m working on that!) doesn’t capture it–the iPhone I have has a long way to go in terms of camera–but still, maybe you can get a sense of it. Here’s another.

Yeah that doesn’t capture it at all, but anyway, here’s the one of the sky again.

Anyway, I guess that’s all today’s post is–just that we should take a moment to appreciate how truly beautiful life can be. As many of you know, I’ve hit some rough times recently–I got divorced, one of my best friends committed suicide, I blew out my knee, Trump got elected, etc. all in a little less than two years–but that just goes to show how relative everything is…

Because how lucky was I to get to see that sunrise this morning? And it didn’t cost anything. It wasn’t based on my social status or how much money is in my bank account or the fact I live in a shitty apartment–none of that mattered.

There was a beautiful sunrise this morning, and I got to see it. Me and the others who happened to be on the road at the same time. And that was cool too–to commune with my fellow commuters on just how incredible it was to see what we were seeing. Even if it was only for a moment.

Which leads me to…

Today’s Nugget

Take out a piece of paper or open a word document or a note taking app (I recommend Evernote) and do the following:

Write down 3 things or people or circumstances you are grateful for. Include why you are grateful. That’s it.

This is an awesome journaling exercise we should all do–I recommend at least once a week, but you can do it more if you want. What brain/psychological research shows is that one of the feelings that makes us most happy is the feeling of gratitude, and this is one way to force ourselves to stop and smell the roses so to speak.

Or appreciate a beautiful sunrise on the way to work.

Thanks for reading! Cheers!

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  1. The lesson here is that if you are blessed-enough to live in Portland, you should reside somewhere west of where you work, so you can catch that glorious sunrise in the mornings on the way in.

    Alternatively, you could do as I do: choose a condo/apartment with an east view.

    BTW, Jeff, a couple of your pix here link to 404s.

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