Kitchen Table Talk 5


I am literally sitting here at my kitchen table typing this out on my cell phone huddled by a space heater. We have been without heat for a week! The repairman is due though between the illustrious hours of “10 and 2” so keep your fingers and toes crossed!

Everyday this week I have been reading and doing “gratefulness” exercises out of the book called The Magic by Rachel Byrne. Today’s exercise really got my cold brain thinking. It’s about money and being grateful for what you do have now and have been given in the past. You are instructed to think back to your childhood and recall memories of when hard-earned money was paid for you and to say thank you for those memories. Some of the examples given in the book are next and how I was able to answer them:

Did you always have food to eat? Yes

Did you live in a home? Yes

Did you go on vacations as a child? Yes

Did you have a bike, toys, or a pet? Yes

Did you go to the dentist? Yes

Did you have music lessons? Yes

These are just a few of the questions and I soon realized how fortunate I was and how grateful I am to my parents for providing for me. My dad was a school teacher and then school principal later and mom was a stay at home mom. Money was tight but we never went without. I recall my dad reminiscing about when my sister was probably about 5 or 6 and he was teaching history and coaching football and he was asked to donate to some cause at school and he had to choose between donating and getting my sister school shoes. I think he went with the “charity begins at home” idea that time.

This exercise got me really thinking about what a great budgeter my mom was. We took family vacations granted it was tent camping in Colorado or staying at a tiny rock cottage at the coast. I was thrilled to get my own room when I turned thirteen even though I shared it with the clothes dryer and the sewing machine! I was always clothed with lovingly sewed pieces my mother made and I’m sure I wasn’t always gracious about it. My sister and I were given piano lessons and given cars to use to commute to college. I recall these things and my heart is full today.

One of the books assignments for today is to carry around a Magic Dollar Bill with Thank you for all the money I’ve been given throughout my life. Without being grateful for what you had and have, your money situation can’t improve is what the book teaches. Well in that case I will try my darnedest to be ever so grateful!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Peace,

Patti 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Kitchen Table Talk

  • Loretta Sayers

    So happy you are going through this exercise Patti. We live in abundance, and so many times forget to see it.

    I was feeling sorry for myself one time, during the housing crash. I lost my homes (yes plural) and went into bankruptcy. And then I saw a movie about the children who live in dumps in Africa…and they were happy, smiling, vivacious children. I stopped feeling sorry for myself that very instance and have been immensely grateful every single day since.

    • Pkarshis Post author

      Thanks Loretta! When I could answer yes to all of the questions asked about things that were given and provided in my childhood I had a “moment”! The books premise is that practicing and feeling gratitude will bring you abundance! At the risk of sounding like a Pollyanna, even though we have been without heat, it has been sunny the last several days and we are all cuddling together in our big bed at night and putting our cold feet on each other and laughing!

  • Brenda

    Brrr. Hope your heat is back on soon. A week is a long time to be without! Yes, we all have a to be grateful for. My childhood was far from ideal and there were things I wish were different. But regardless of what was and wasn’t, I can still make a long grateful list! And, I think the other things just helped me to become a better parent!

  • Brenda

    Brrr. Hope your heat is back on soon. A week is a long time to be without! Yes, we all have a to be grateful for. My childhood was far from ideal and there were things I wish were different. But regardless of what was and wasn’t, I can still make a long grateful list! And, I think the other things just helped me to become a better parent!