I’d like to start off by wishing you a wonderful, Happy Healthy Thanksgiving.
I recently read about how gratitude literally re-wires ones brain, unlike any other thought-feeling-emotion – whatever you’d call it.
For that reason, I’ve decided to resume my “gratitude journaling.” I am only on day 3, but since it’s Thanksgiving I wanted to share my “Top 10 List” of things I am currently grateful for – with you.
It’s not always natural or easy to feel gratitude…but journaling it can “kickstart” the flow…
I also challenge you to make a “Top 10 List” for yourself…and check in on how you feel
over the next 24 hours.
My Top 10 Gratitude List:
I can’t stand putting things “in order” as that makes it seem linear, when in reality it’s a big blob of thanks.
1. My Dad
This guy is my still my favorite superhero, and was my first inspiration to play guitar.
He’s 77 and still working full time…mentally and physically fit. He’s overcome so much in his life. I am so thankful he’s still around.
I love you Dad.
2. My Partner
My girlfriend Judith stands by me no matter what. She’s also my best friend. We’ve had some serious ups and downs these past few years, yet she stands solid as a rock no matter how weird I get…and believe me…I get weird. Really weird.
I love you Judith.
3. My Family
My stepmom, my brother & his wife and daughter, my quasi in-laws and my quasi step kids. We don’t have a lot of contact but I know you are there, and you know I am here.
No pic, as I am respecting everyones privacy and workplace politics. 🙂
I love you all. Thanks for being there.
4. My Friends
Many of my close friends are musicians and many musicians I work with become close friends 🙂 Some are old friends and some are new…
- You all keep me alive!
- You are the ones I lean on when I am down.
- You are the ones who kick me in the ass when I need it.
- You are the ones who tell me I’ve done well when I beat myself up.
With my friend Paul Beaudry’s “New Tomorrows” Project (myself, Paul and Khalil Kwame Bell.)
With my oldest friend John-Christian Urich and his band Tortured Soul (myself, Little, John-Christian, Isamu and Ernie.)
My close friend Henry Olsen from Super Simple Guitar – we chat every day about music, meditation, life, our goals and our online schools. Thank you Henry for being there!
I love you guys.
5. My Health
I am pretty lucky to be in good health. I could stand to do some more yoga-stretchy stuff, but I feel good, exercise and eat good stuff. I’ve been chilling on the sugar lately.
Thank You Lord, that I am in good health.
6. I Live in a Great Place
There’s so much negativity in the news, and that makes it easy to complain.
Things are far from perfect in the world but everyday I wake up, and I am thankful for the places I DON’T live…these places have overwhelming amounts of strife, suffering, bloodshed, oppression and genocide:
- North Korea
- Saudi Arabia
…you get the idea.
I am currently living in Austria – where I have medical coverage, it’s pretty safe and I get to lead a creative life and decide how my days are spent.
I live like royalty as far as I am concerned.
Thank you Lord for this Blessed Life and that I live in a Wonderful Place.
7. My Dream Job Part 1: Touring
I get to travel and play guitar for people. How awesome is that? Very awesome indeed.
In concert with my buddy Michael Diehl:
In concert with master jazz guitarist Peter Sprague:
8. My Dream Job Part 2: Teaching Guitar
I run my own online guitar school https://studywithadam.com and I get to share my wisdom and knowledge with those who appreciate and cherish it.
Giving people “AHA”S” and seeing them progress through hard work is extremely gratifying. This “job” scratches my musical itch and my computer nerd itch as well.
And…I am my own boss…did I mention that?
Thank You Lord, that I have this creative freedom and joy in my work.
9. My Pets
I love my poodle “Raffaela.” The quietest, sweetest dog in the world.
I love my rabbits…I keep forgetting their Austrian names, so I simply call them “Trump & Obama.”
Can you guess who is who?
Thank you Lord, that I have these innocent loving creatures in my life.
10. I’ve Rediscovered My Creativity!
I’ve shaken off a long gloomy phase of “perfectionism” thank God…(literally.)
This last month I have…
- Played & recorded with my best friends band Tortured Soul
- Rehearsed with a new band project of mine (TBA)
- Played with master guitarist Peter Sprague and “Guitar Masters Reichenberg Festival”
- Recorded and Uploaded 2 new arrangements / Youtube Videos – “Ain’t Nobody” and “Mambo Inn”
And here are some tears of joy brought on by writing this post.
Read more on how gratitude rewires the brain: