Thursday

Is That a Rock in Your Pocket?


In the last few months, I've started carrying a small stone in my left pocket as a reminder to be grateful. The game is, that every time I touch the stone, I think of something to be grateful for. It's a fun game to play and it keeps one from self-indulgent, mental whining. Anytime I realize how much I've got, it shifts the focus away from trivial nonsense that my brain cooks up and puts me back in touch with the universal, the vital. It keeps me humble, reminds me that I'm not here to constantly serve myself, and removes meaningless distractions. Not bad for a rock.

So, as I  contemplate what I'm thankful for today, my best answer is that I'm thankful for being thankful. I'm thankful for realizing how much is in my life, instead of how little. And I'm thankful for the little rock that reminds me to be that way.

Now, before you go and make that joke in the comments section, let me make it for you. Yes, that is a rock in my pocket and, yes, I'm also happy to see you. Happy Thanksgiving.

20 comments:

  1. What a great way to keep yourself centered! I think most of us could a little something to remind ourselves that it's really not all about "me" all the time.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. Thnaks Jen. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

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  3. You rock, Paul. Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us in Ithaca.

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  4. Thanks Vik! Love to you and the fam!

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  5. No joke! I will get one from a little collection I have and will store it in my pocket. You are right. Everyday we take for granted so many things.
    Enjoy the yummy food today!

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  6. Alexandra - Thanks and good luck with your stone!

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  7. Beautiful post, Paul.

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  8. I carry a stone from Phillip Island around with me (a windswept little rocky outpost between Victoria and Tasmania). It even came to the birth of my second child! Even Australians get sentimental...

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  9. You do, indeed, rock. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  10. Paul,

    FABULOUS post! I am so glad you turned me on to this site, and I am so glad to have read this post, I really needed it just now. Thank-You.

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  11. Ramona - That's awesome! What is it about stones?

    Kim - Thanks! As do you.

    mineart - Glad to be of service. Thanks for the comment!

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  12. I Thessalonians 5:18 says "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

    That is the spirit I try to have during the day. Being thankful for the good stuff is easy, being thankful for the not so good is a bit harder. But it is worth it. As you said Paul, when you focus on the good in your life and reduce the bad you make yourself a better person and you are a benefit to those around you.

    Thank you Paul for your inspiring blog and the little joys you bring us throughout the day.

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  13. Tim - Aw, thanks. Important thing you said there about being a benefit to those around you.

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  14. Paul,

    No jokes from me, I carry a 7.62 shell in my pocket that was given to me following the 21 gun salute in honor of my father who passed away sudddenly in October. At first I carried it out of the crushing feeling of loss I felt, now I carry it to remind me to keep my friends and family close and keep the other seemingly un-important things in life at a distance. Work stress, social expectations and the like seemingly melt away when my fingers graze over the small chunk of brass in my pocket.

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  15. Gene - Thanks for the great story. Looks like a lot of folks are carrying around reminders in their pockets. My deepest sympathies for the loss of your Dad and for what you must be going through.

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  16. Thank you for this posting! I've already alerted several people who are special to me to it because I know they will enjoy the eloquent message. I feel as if I've been given a delightful present that will keep me warm and happy for years to come. - AB

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  17. AB - Glad you liked it. Thanks for the comment!

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  18. I've had a little black pebble in my pocket for the last year. I've never really been able to figure out why it's there, only that I'm loath to get rid of it. Maybe it's been centering me this whole time, and I've never even realized it.

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  19. quasievil - Now you know, and you'll be even more hesitant to get rid of it. Thanks for the comment!

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  20. What a wonderfully simple idea! I may have to start doing this myself.

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