This may be a little off-topic as far as Chinese medicine is concerned, but I believe we can use the following example to improve our health - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
My two-and-a-half year-old had just finished eating her pancakes with syrup. Let me tell you, there is NOTHING clean about pancakes and syrup. Or pancakes and jam. Plain pancakes are fine, but who wants to eat them that way? (Okay, I do sometimes, but not usually the kiddo)
As she always does after eating, because she's always got a huge mess on her hands, she asked, "Wash hands, Momma?" And before you get on my case about creating an OCD monster out of my child, she's the one who started this! She's a virgo and can't seem to have stuff out of place. She even cleans up her toys without being asked! And yes, I know how lucky I am :)
So we went to the bathroom, pulled out her stepping stool and washed her hands. She hopped off that stepping stool, dried her hands on the towel and just before racing off into the living room to play, cheerily said, "Thanks towel!"
I love the brains of children. Meh, I like brains. (haha and I'm not a zombie!) I LOVE seeing children/adults/dogs think stuff through. My kiddo is pretty darn polite, but this really took the cake!
I decided that I want to try to spend today being grateful for everything around me. I wonder what my day will look like as I consciously thank even the smallest things around me for their place in my life.
I want to be grateful for my body (and that's sometimes a little hard when you have an almost-four-month-old whose pregnancy left its mark recently ;) )
I want to be grateful for my dishwasher because otherwise I'd still be in the kitchen doing dishes rather than having the time to write this blog post.
And yes, I even want to be thankful for the towel I use to dry my hands.
What big or little things are you going to thank today?