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Appreciating The Small Things

January 6th, 2009 · 4 Comments

I never make New Year’s Resolutions, not because they don’t last…I just never think about it.  This year, however, I’ve decided that it’s something that I want to do.  So, I will write down what I am grateful for everyday. 

A Feather DropI know, it’s nothing new, but on Christmas Eve I was thinking about all the blessings I have and things I was grateful for and the idea came to me that I should keep a notebook and write down each day at least one thing that I could say I was grateful for.

I was hoping that this wouldn’t become a burden (trying to think of something to write down) but little did I know that as the days have passed since Christmas, I’ve become more and more aware of little things I appreciate, but usually take for granted.  So instead of this supposedly getting harder with time, it’s getting easier to find things to write.

Mom at 86 and barely getting gray hair!Yes, I am extremely grateful that my nephew Doug has come back home safe from fighting in Afghanistan, and that I get to talk to my 86 year-old mother on the phone everyday and she’s just as active as a 26 year-old!  It’s a pleasure to hear her talk about buying a new table for her kitchen and new bar stools, or going to Costco so she can sample all the free stuff they promote.

However, I’m also grateful for the little things like taking a long, hot shower every morning,….or, vanity of vanities, not having to dye my still black hair at age 57!  Mom at 86 (photo at right) is barely getting gray hair herself, so hopefully I’ll follow in her footsteps!

Maya Muses:  Will I still feel this way at the end of the year?  Will I go out and buy another notebook to write down all the things I’m grateful for in 2010?  Perhaps, perhaps not.  It doesn’t matter, I’m enjoying this exercise for now, and it’s making me more aware of the great things in my life and that’s more than a good start to a new year!

Photo Credits:  Flickr

Tags: Baby Boomer Babbles · Miscellaneous · New Age · Special Moments

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 skylar // Jan 6, 2009 at 3:41 am

    Hello, just wanted to let you know that I recently discovered your blog and I enjoy it!

    This idea of writing down what we are grateful for is pretty good… Thanks for sharing this :)

  • 2 Mia // Jan 6, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I am grateful for so many things…

    When I wake up in the morning and go to bed at night..I always think of all the blessings I do have in my life…To collect these “wild strawberries on a straw” is a fantastic thing…

    I’m grateful for having you in my life…
    For me this is a fantastic thing..Suddenly a person I never knew existed for so many years,feels like someone I have known for a very,very long time…

    I woke up in the middle of the night,I had a dream, that someone was pressing a balloon over my face,and I could not breathe….
    I think I was lying on my back and actually was having difficulties in breathing…To realize that I could breathe was fantastic…
    I felt very grateful that I could!

    Ulf just talked with his Mother on the phone…
    She has Parkinson and it has finally affected her brain,or so they say….
    She has struggled so many years,just to do ordinary things,so I think that she could not do it anymore,she let go and now she is living
    in her own world,where everything is possible…

    Time and space has no meaning for her anymore.
    Every thing is here and now…

    She told Ulf that she had been with Siggan an aunt to her, that has been dead for many years,she told Ulf that Siggan was 114 years old now and that she was feeling great…

    We are grateful that she does not suffer so much anymore,and for Ulf it feels good just to hear her voice and that she recognize him…
    Last time he visited her she didn’t…I’m not sure if I will visit her,because she thinks I’m dead…

    Makes me wonder what is real and what is an illusion?
    What is Time and Space?An Illusion?
    Does everything exist Here and Now?
    How about Life and Death?

    There are so many things to be grateful for,even things we don’t understand….

  • 3 Lynn // Jan 7, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Thanks Skylar! I know it’s making me appreciate what I have in life a lot more!

  • 4 Lynn // Jan 7, 2009 at 4:04 am

    Mia, you’re dream was definitely telling you to wake up and breathe! I’m sorry to hear about Ulf’s mom. As I told my mom about her sister who has Alzheimer’s maybe she’s in another place, another time or dimension that is a lot better than her being conscious of the here and now.

    We know so little about Life, Death, Time, and Space, our own minds where we use only 10% of the brain….imagine what it would be like to use even half or why not all!!!

    Maya…..it’s all an illusion, anyway! Welcome to Mayaland!!!

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