Saturday, June 13, 2009

Sacred Life Sunday: Remembering the things that make us happy....

Well, this week I decided to blatantly snarf Olivia's idea and post six things that make me happy right now.

Today. At this very moment.

1) I am a freak for a pretty ring. Today, I was out wandering and found a beautiful mystic topaz ring. It was free for all intents and purposes. I had an old ring I no longer like and took it to Abla Jewelers. They made an even trade.

2) My little dog, Shanti, who seems to bring me pleasure each day, no matter what's going on in the outside world. She is a very good natured being who doesn't seem to let anything get to her. She's not demanding or annoying. Ever. She just continues to provide her unconditional love, no matter what I do.

3) Saturn The Chatterbox who has been bravely carting me all over the place, even though there is still some work to be done. I especially admire the fact that she putts on, even knowing that I really want one of these:

4) The declining scale. I am losing weight at a very healthy rate and am beginning to see the shifts and changes in my body shape. It's a good reminder that we do get to choose and we can take action and see positive results. That one took a long time to learn.

5) I'm very grateful for the friends who have come into my life over the past several months, and many who have been around longer, who have a very solid understanding that relationships of all kinds should always include "thank you" and "you're welcome". They understand that giving and getting is a beautiful flow.

6) I am also happy to get a blog acknowledgement from Olivia who passed this award along to me. Those who have read here for a long time know I don't typically deal with awards. However, coming from Olivia, I will because she is one of the most balanced, mindful people I know. And also, for someone who doesn't even know me personally, she has been gracious, kind, generous and always, always a delightful conversationalist. Thank you, Olivia. When will I get to say "you're welcome"? :)

I am going to pass these along to a few people and there is another award I have in mind for others. This one is a really good fit though for these folks :)

Susan at Guilty With An Explanation

Angela at Eclectic Recovery

Angel at Little Pea

Hele at Truth Cycles

Billie at Border Explorer

Maithri at The Soaring Impulse ~ (I don't think Maithri does awards but either way, if you are not visiting this site, you are really missing out on something truly beautiful and uplifting.)



Border Explorer said...

Chani, I am touched and honored...and I really mean it. And I am honored to be on the same list with Maithri (his is the blog I read among your honorees. The others I know only slightly as commenters here.) [I must second your endorsement: People, do not miss The Soaring Impulse.]

Really, gratitude is everything! Thanks for sharing your gratitude list; it is a beauty. Lovely, as is your blog. You're so deserving, and I'm glad that Olivia was able to honor you in this way.

Daughter of Wisdom said...

You have a very uplifting and postive blog.

Leann said...

Congrats on the award Chani!

I love the ring and waht a cute little doggie. Gotta love the unconditional love they give.

Anonymous said...

i love that you were able to trade the rings. i like to think your old one is making someone else happy.

painted maypole said...

what a lovely post.

this evening I hosted a dinner party with the cast from my last show... and good conversation, much laughter and wine are making me smile right now

Carla said...

This was lovely. Congrats on the award.

Anonymous said...

This was a very nice post. :)

Anvilcloud said...

That was a nice upbeat post. Upbeat is good sometimes.

Navy Bean said...

Yay for things that make you happy! May your days be filled with even more things that make you happy. And your dog is really cute!

Olivia said...


I loved your post today and was glad to hear about Shanti---how exciting! She looks very sweet and chipper and up for whatever life brings her way...I'm thrilled that you have a dog!

Thank you for being my friend. See, now you get to say, "You're welcome!"



Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Chani, this is a lovely post. Somehow, I never knew you had a dog - they can be such wonderful companions.

You do have some lovely things to be thankful for.

I'm thankful for your post and your blog.

Thank YOU.

Woman in a Window said...

All in all you sound like you're in a good place. And isn't it amazing to redefine the body? Very empowering, that one.

Molly said...

So glad you have that four-footed friend! If we could love as unconditionally as our pets do, it would be a much happier world.

ConverseMomma said...

What a well-deserved award. As for the weight loss-wooohoooo! It isn't easy to do, but so worth to feel the very best version of yourself.

mary joseph said...

Congrats on the award. nice post. keep it up.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Chani, thank you so very much for this award. I have long since given up adding them to my sidebar because of an incident in which I magically made my entire blog disappear due to my inexpertise with html, but I am honored to receive this one from you as I admire you so much.

Shanti is adorable along with all her other attributes, and the ring is beautiful! Are your eyes the exact same shade of blue?

Congratulations on your weight loss! I've heard that visualizing your body as you want it to look works wonders quickly without sacrificing your health.

meno said...

OOooh. I have a jewelry problem too. I love that ring. But even more i love your beautiful little dog.

LittlePea said...

Thanks Chani! I loved reading about what makes you happy. Your dog is so cute. Too bad our pups can't have a play date.

Angela said...


What a gorgeous ring! Good for you and for all the things that make you happy today. Thanks for the award! Much,much love