the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
People always post about how they are ‘so thankful’, ‘so grateful’, ‘so blessed’, etc., but are they really? Or are we just saying it and not mentally checking within and spending the time to truly BE THANKFUL for what we have in our life?
I am going to get a little personal. I had a breakdown this morning. Luckily my kids were not around to witness it. I just broke down and sobbed on my floor. I tried to figure out why I am feeling this way. I sat down and did some reflecting. I also did some meditating on my new Headspace App I mentioned in my previous post. Today’s session was about stop trying to push things into happening, just stop trying and it will happen. There were examples like – if you are trying too hard to fall asleep and trying to get comfortable you cannot, but at some point you drift away when you are not thinking about it.
I then was flashed back to a time a few months ago when the word “Gratitude” was staring me in the face quite often. I would see it in an e-mail, I would see it on a social media post, but I never stopped to think it meant anything to me. Today I dug more into the word Gratitude and what it means. It made me realize that I need to practice this more. I always try to focus on the next “best thing”. I need to stop and live in the moment, and enjoy what I have. Just live and BE.
I felt pulled to share this with you this morning. I hope you have a great day!
I really did enjoy reading this book. However, there were a few things that bothered me about it:
- I feel like there were new characters still being introduced too late in the story. I know at least one was introduced more than halfway in. I felt it didn’t give much time to further explain these characters or their stories. An example of these characters I am talking of are Dirk, Susan Howard and Rowan.
- The only quotes on this topic were from Constance Waverly. While I loved them, I feel there has to be more people who have commented on this topic. Maybe there should have been a better variety of quotes?
Despite those two issues though, this book was easy to get hooked to, and had some, overall, great messages. This was not one of those stories though where you read them and felt inspired, or feel you have much to say about. It was funny and interesting, and sweet. But that was about it. In my opinion when I read about it and decided to read it, it was lead on to be deeper than it actually ended up being.
I do not regret reading this story, but for me, there was nothing gained from it.
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So I know I finished What Alice Forgot on Thursday, and am already currently more than halfway done with The Arrangement, but I forgot to mention this quote from What Alice Forgot.
Let me first tell you, I am not one of those people to take notes in the margins, or in a notebook while I do my reading. It makes me feel like I’m back in school doing an assignment. Plus, I like to fully engulf the story I am reading, not pause and jot something down. This is not me knocking anyone who does this, or who that method works for, I just would rather read, reflect and write what comes out instead. But sometimes when reading I do come across something I want to remember that sticks out to me and I highlight it. This quote was one of those times:
“She had always thought that exquisitely happy time at the beginning of her relationship with Nick was the ultimate, the feeling they’d always be trying to replicate, to get back, but now she realized that was wrong. That was like comparing sparkling mineral water to French champagne. Early love is exciting and exhilarating. It’s light and bubbly. Anyone can love like that. But love after three children, after a separation, and a near-divorce, after you’ve hurt each other and forgiven each other, bored each other and surprised each other, after you’ve seen the worst and the best–well, that sort of love is ineffable. It deserves its own word.” (What Alice Forgot, Page 457)
Sappy, I know, but it made me happy so I wanted to share it.