Thankful Thursday

I’m so fortunate to have a part-time job with flexible hours. It makes such a difference when you have chronic health problems. I’m also thankful for my friends at work who check on me and make me laugh!

Here’s a picture of me at work with my grumpy face! I’m pretty lucky in that even when I feel grumpy on the inside, most people don’t usually notice!

And finally, a random thankfulness quote for your day:

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Rest #Tinyhearts


The Underappreciation of Rest in Our Society by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist:

Rest has become confused with laziness. We live in a society that praises those who work 60hrs/week and makes faulty assumptions about those who work 40. We have confused rest with laziness. And while too much rest may indeed be an indicator of sloth, the regular practice of finding rest is not.

Read the whole article here. Lots of great stuff!


When Breath Meets Busy by Courtney Carver of Be More with Less:

The more I worked, the more work I had. For awhile, I thrived on busyness. Then I resented it…Eventually my busyness became unproductive in every possible way.

Read the whole article here. It includes a five-minute antidode to busyness.


Busy Be Gone by me. 🙂 A two-minute video about being a recovering busy-aholic.

Read about the beginning of this series here.

Appreciating My “Regular” Job

In my online world, lots of people are talking about World Domination Summit (#WDS2013).  The people who attend are described as remarkable, adventuresome, creative…people who dream big, live large, and want to change the world.

Sometimes I get down on myself, thinking that I should be doing more with my life. Maybe I’m using chronic pain as an excuse. Why can’t I be at World Domination Summit?  Aside from hating the name “World Domination Summit,” I think it would be really cool to go, and most of all, to be one of those cool, remarkable people.

So today, it seemed like a good time to savor and appreciate my job (I’m a psychological/medical consultant for a State agency). I always get to work early, so I was able to take a few pictures of my work space without being conspicuous.

Here’s a panoramic view of my cubicle.


As you can see, there’s a window, so I don’t feel closed in at all. If you notice the mirror on my desk, that’s so I can see when people come up behind me to talk.

photo-6Other things I appreciate about my job:

*I get a regular paycheck that I can count on.

*I don’t have to take my work home with me.

*I have limited paper to deal with, so I can keep my little cube clutter free.

*I work with nice people.

*I enjoy a lot of flexibility.

*Although I know all of my abilities aren’t being utilized, I do make important decisions that make a difference in people’s lives.

I’m glad we have people like those who attend World Domination Summit. But I’m also really thankful for all the people who work “regular” jobs…people who pick up the trash, deliver the mail, build our roads and houses, and perform all the other 9-5 jobs out there.

We’re all remarkable, in our own way. And we can all change the world, in our own way.  I become overwhelmed if I think of “dreaming big.” I have to think small. Mother Teresa said it this way:

We can do no great things,

only small things with great love.

So whatever you do, do it with love.  Oh, and a few more pictures of my cubicle. Oh, and one more thing.  Join The Self-Compassion Project on Facebook. Thanks for reading!photo-9