Day 11: #GratitudeWritingChallenge

I got up early yesterday morning to write my daily gratitude post while everyone was still asleep and the house was quiet. Then I hopped onto my phone and perused my Facebook feed for a few minutes. I came across a friend’s post asking us to share our favorite songs. I love anything with music so I shared mine. Then, on a whim, I shared her post to my feed and moved on. Shortly after, my daughter woke and my attention shifted toward her.

By the time I got back to my phone, friends had started sharing their songs. So, as promised, I listened to each song while working on meal prep in the kitchen. I connected to a speaker so I could really experience the songs which meant my family could hear the songs, too. My oldest kiddo had lots of questions and comments! Ha! You guys, it was such a wonderful experience! I did not expect to think about the person who posted each song so deeply while listening! It was amazing and unexpected!

There was a wide variety of genres and eras covered, even different languages, evidence that music has a way of reaching through barriers, including the span of time. As I listened to each song, I started to appreciate why that person chose their song and I simply thought about them for about 3 to 5 minutes each while their anthems played. In thinking about them, I prayed for them. I sent love and light to them and cherished their experiences and memories that I imagined (and in many cases knew) were tied up in their songs. I can’t sell it short by omitting the fact that it was a spiritual experience for me.

I’m grateful I followed my gut and acted on a whim. I’m grateful for the power of music. I’m grateful for songwriters and musicians. I’m so grateful for those who participated and shared themselves with me. I bet they didn’t expect to bless me with such a meaningful, beautiful Sunday morning, either.

Photo by Fernando Arcos from Pexels

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