A few days ago, I watched a video program from channel SoulPancake called The Science of Happiness – An experiment in gratitude (see video at the end of this post). Of course, I got inspired and thought I could share something different with you today.
I won’t do the experiment (yet), but I felt like writing about the people I am most grateful for… then I realized that this would be quite difficult because they are so many. Some know me, some don’t… and yet, all of them have influenced my life for the better by being in it; and most of them still do… so why pick just one person out of such a rich source of good fortune, it would not be fair to the others, right.
I won’t call anyone and tell what I feel, but I know they’ll know if I write it here…
Gratitude from an occurrence
A few days ago, it was my birthday and I received good wishes from all over the world through all media available today. The one that touched me most (with my husband’s and my brother’s wishes) came from a colleague. Her name is Inga and she sent me the most adorable birthday card ever. “Surprise!” she wrote, and it was. I am very sensitive which is another way of saying that I was so touched I had tears in my eyes. I am a very suspicious and paranoid person, so it is quite difficult to really and truly surprise me; but I was and I am very grateful. Small gestures like that are what make my life the richest in the world.
When my brother called me during the evening of my birthday, it made me extremely happy. I feel I could barely make any sense while talking to him. It is not always easy to wrap my head around French words to express whatever I want to, so it makes me pretty inarticulate on the phone… again, especially when I am happy beyond measure. I know what my brother Yan would say if I told him that, he would say “Well of course I call you for your birthday!” – except that he’d say that in French. It is a given for him, but I still feel most grateful to my brother because such a simple thing is not a given for everybody.
Music is a big part of my life and there are bands that makes me extremely happy with their music. For the past few years I have discovered three bands: Shinedown, Kamelot and Dream Theater (including the solo work of James LaBrie). When I listen to Dream Theater I feel pure joy and I cannot explain exactly why I feel this way. My birthday celebration was very private since I spent it with my husband. We watched Dream Theater concert, Live at Luna Park, and it was so good that it made me want to express my gratitude to the band although they’ll probably never know about it. It feels wonderful to put it out there though. Dream Theater
A lifetime of gratitude
I grew up listening to Europe so much so that their music kind of became the soundtrack of my life. When they split up I was crushed, and when they came back a lot of things came back into focus. I have written a great deal about them so I will not write more than this, I am grateful for their music and the light it has brought – and still brings – in my life. Europe – a love story.
There is someone whom I need to tell about my gratitude more than anyone else, and this person is my husband Jonas. He is the most selfless man I have ever met. He is generous, kind and funny. He has given me his heart and with that made my life rich and beautiful. He has carried me out of the darkness I had buried myself in; he showed me who I was and pushed me to acknowledge that person. He brought out the best of who I can be and he is still doing it by loving me the way he does. He is caring and wise; he always knows what I need before I do. My life has become focused and I am where I am today thanks to him. He is the most important person in my life and he rocks my world. He is one of a kind and my gratitude for him is boundless; I am grateful for him as a person, for him to be in this world because he makes it a better world just by being in it. I love him dearly and my world is magic because of him.
Show your gratitude and be happy!
Life is too short…