Grateful May • A Month of Appreciation

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Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.
~ Rumi

April isn’t a very good month for me. Although it begins with the joyful anniversary of the first meeting with my lover and soul mate, the month quickly plummets into the anniversary of my husband’s death and another birthday he’ll never celebrate.

As the last vestiges of summer sigh and turn indoors, my heart grows heavy and weary of remembering bad things.

Today is the first day of May. Inspired by Satya Robyn’s Facebook Event, I’ve decide to spend the month of May being grateful for the blessings in my life.

Here is my gratitude for today:

I am grateful for the gift of music that stirs the blood in my veins and feels like liquid love to my ears.

After watching the movie One Chance the other night, I was reminded of the beauty of opera. Over the past few days I have been listening to Puccini and Debussy and drowning in the exquisite beauty of classical music and celestial voices.

One of my favourite opera numbers is the Pilgrim’s Chorus from Tannhauser. When I die, I want the Opera Australia Chorus to sing this at my funeral – preferably a Viking funeral where my body is laid in a longboat, covered in flowers and set alight as it floats out to sea.

I’ve told my boyfriend this but he might not remember so now you all know.

Can you listen to this without crying? (wait for it… for it starts very softly. 2:10 is where it gets amazing – turn it up!)

{see video here}

What are you grateful for today?

What music do you want played at your funeral?


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Embracing my midlife sexy while exploring modern love & relationships • Devoted to all things beautiful • Master of Arts in creative writing & non-fiction writing

15 thoughts on “Grateful May • A Month of Appreciation

  1. April is a rough month at our house to. It holds the anniversary of my brother’s murder and the suicide of my 17-yr.-old step son on the same date.
    The first of May is always a reminder that life does go on and it can be new again.
    (((HUGS))) to you for making it through.

  2. Hm I guess today I’m grateful for all the opportunities in my life, and the fact that there are wonderful people willing to take time out of their lives for me. Maybe it’s silly but when I go, I want something really rowdy and badass at my funeral. Something to make people smile through the tears.

  3. I have often thought that I’d want a recording of Gillian Welch’s I’ll Fly Away! But I may reconsider and of course who knows what will really happen?

  4. I am grateful for life, good health and vitality and of course my daughters and my son! I am grateful that my very elderly mother survived a massive hear attack recently and that we have had some time to repair our relationship.

  5. This is funny because I’ve been to four funerals in the last month and that prompted me to tell my family how I wanted to be buried … and I too floated the idea of the ‘Viking Way’ as being my preferred option.

    Hope things start to look up emotionally in May xx

    1. Four funerals in the last month sounds awful 🙁
      I’m glad I’m not the only one who has Viking leanings (I blame the TV show). Thanks for the kind words x

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