When you have a lot of good options, sometimes it helps to make a list (and check it way more than twice)

The phrase “embarrassment of riches” has always perplexed me, because I don’t think abundance is anything to be embarrassed about. It is, however, something to be appreciated.

That is why, this #thankyouthursday, I am grateful for good options.

We always have choices. And usually good options.

Most weeks I don’t have much trouble selecting a #thankyouthursday subject. There are always plenty of possibilities from which to choose.

But this week in particular, there was too much. So much goodness that it does, indeed, prompt a sensation that borders on embarrassment.

I think the more accurate word is humility, though, which is why instead of trying to come up with a focused blog post or targeted email message today, I am simply going to share an old-fashioned gratitude list.

In other words, in no particular order…

Here are some of the things I am grateful for this week:

-discovering a new form of meditation that makes me feel fantastic

-meeting a stranger on the train and consequently beginning a friendship (yep, that actually happens, apparently)

-attending a holiday party in my neighborhood

-connecting with a new friend at said party

-learning about Nonviolent Communication at a weekend workshop

-going on a date that was genuinely enjoyable (apparently that only happens 5% of the time, statistically speaking, so I guess I’m extra grateful to have beat the odds)

-having a two-hour conversation with one of my oldest friends

-finding out more details about the cool things happening with Are You My Boyfriend? (If your fingers are still crossed from last week, thank you! Please keep them that way for a while longer.)

-performing in my first-ever community choir concert

-a friend coming to support me when I performed in my first-ever community choir concert

-getting to attend a Broadway show for my company holiday party instead of having to make boozy small talk

-confirming that I have psychic abilities (I mean, we all do, but I’m learning how to use mine more and more and it’s amazing)

-being reminded of my love for kirtan, and specifically the soothing qualities of chants like these

-spending quality time with a friend while simultaneously helping her out

-recording a new podcast for In the Spirit (if you want to be alerted when it’s posted, let me know by emailing hey@inthespirit.love or signing up on the site).

-having real talk about the Injustice Boycott during aforementioned podcast

-learning surprising and helpful information about stress during a lunchtime lecture with Sam Chase (aka one of my favorite yoga teachers/people)

-adorning my apartment with Christmas decorations

-receiving Christmas cards (I’ve had three addresses in the last two years so it’s a miracle anyone can keep up)

-trusting that even in times of uncertainty I am always loved and cared for

-getting an email alert that my library hold is up and the ebook of Big Magic is ready for me to read

Good options are a treasure

…and the list could go on! Of course I could also come up with a long list of fears and worries, but that would not be nearly as much fun.

Gratitude never fails to amaze, impress, and humble me. I hope it does the same for you—and if you feel like telling me a few things you are grateful for, I’d be honored to receive some of your riches! Just shoot me a message at christina[at]christinabryza.com.

Love > fear,



p.s. I would so much rather talk about gratitude than ask you to buy my book, which is why I’m not asking you to buy my book. That being said, it really does make a great gift, if you happen to be looking for any of those…

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