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Anxiety Free Living Starts with Gratitude

Anxiety Free Living Starts with Gratitude

Memories are a collection of small details easily forgotten. Resting your mind and heart on the small details can bring a closer sense of comfort than imagining the big emotional event you tried to create. Life isn't about big emotional moments. Life, lived with contentment and gratitude, starts at the details. Being grateful for the little things that conjure the big love, and bigger contentment. Life isn't about obtaining. Life is about creating small details of gratitude and reciprocity. You have to give gratitude, to gain the contented heart.

I brought a private patio fantasy to Florida from Illinois in 1999. I thought all patios and decks in Florida were always perfect all the time. Happy, bright, clean, and waiting for revelers to join them in the sun.

Actually, Florida patios are always sandy, and rather dirty. The wind brings all the coastal bits from the Gulf and Tampa Bay. Sand, silt, sea salts. After a few years of fighting that truth, I realized the best practice was simply creating a scenario easily hosed off. I tip and lean the chairs up against the table, so the seats don't collect traveling sands and soil from the shores not far away.

Our daughter was down from Illinois for a short visit to see family and friends. I miss her. We sat on the patio and talked for what seemed 3 minutes but turned out to be hours. We tipped the chairs correct to sit. To visit. To hold hands, and breath. I missed her. I can't bear to put these two chairs back up. I see us talking in them.

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