Sharing gratitude to be alive. Multiple musings from simple to complex w/ people, family, music, poetry, pet love, scenic nature, spirituality, health, motivation, & more. Also, find the book in print, on Kindle, and iBook titled A House Inside of Me: Poetry by Marian Elsie Blake (2013) by Mary Blake Huer
It seems that all too often we take ordinary city services for granted. Recently, my city Engineering Division performed “slurry sealing” on our city streets. It was fun to watch the drivers, walkers, bikers, dogs, baby buggies, and, of course car drivers work around the slurry trucks to try to slurry our city! In the end, everyone worked together to beautify our community. Note: other communities may call this “sealing streets”.
After this experience, I have a new appreciation for traffic control barricades, and City Project Managers who kindly managed everyone to complete this improvement project! Be grateful and give gratitude for city services. They have a tough job of “people control” to lay the rubber down, seal cracks, and improve the pavements on which we drive daily.
Over the holiday I took our big puppy, Augustino, to see the ocean for his first time as he is smart and we love to watch him explore through new experiences. Of course the professor in me believes he learns and acquires motivation through anticipation of rewards, and sensations of pleasure that correlate with happiness. Thus far, his motivations seem to be linked to “toys” rather than “foods”. Just like people, it is important during his early development to foster curiosity and exploratory behaviors. I admit I was disappointed that he did not seem interested in the ocean waves this first time, rather he loved to watch the other dogs and people. Maybe he will love the waves the next time?
This posting is an audio version for persons on the go who do not have time to read, or may have disabling conditions so that they can not read. Enjoy this post and give gratitude for our pets as well as our children.
After 32 posts on #gratitude I developed this classification system to assist us in understanding different types of #gratitude. On February 28, 2021 I posted the narrative titled, Your Choice: Gratitude Zero, Gratitude Lite, or Gratitude Ultra. To date, there are now well over 60 posts and I now label each topic posted for ease of understanding each type of gratitude. I hope this will be helpful to all as we continue our journey and follow our pathways to joy and fulfillment. On March 9, 2021, I posted an organizational Model within GratitudeSquared.com to label all of the posts to date. Henceforth, I will tag the type of gratitude within each posting. For example, this post is tagged as #gratitudeultra.
There is no better or lesser type of gratitude, just more momentary or sporadic, versus deeper and more emotionally long lasting forms of gratitude.
For individuals who prefer to listen to posts, or who prefer to experience posting through sight and sound, I offer this audio version of the three categories of gratitude: #gratitudezero, #gratitudelite, or #gratitudeultra.
Each and every day it is always your choice to find your #joy.