Gratitude is the sign of noble souls ~ Aesop

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving ~ Kahlil Gabran

Joy delights in joy ~ William Shakespeare

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Nontoothache

I read about a wonderful gratitude practice that Tich Nhat Hanh calles "the nontoothache." It's basically the idea that it's easy to focus on negative things, to complain about a toothache when it hurts -- but it can be a gratitude enhancing experience to take time to focus on things we normally take for granted and forget to be thankful for. So I am thankful for the fact that my teeth don't hurt today. I'm thankful that my brain remembers to breathe for me. I'm thankful my elbows bend exactly as I need them to. I'm thankful that my dogs didn't eat anything special to me and that my house didn't flood. I'm thankful for the non-earthquake today too. I'm thankful that there's so much more to be thankful for than I could ever truly realize, but I hope I never stop trying...


  1. I read the title as THE NON-TOO-THA-CHEE. Is that like The Chatahoochee? (Mental forehead slap). I'm thankful I can find humor in my errors (sometimes). I'm also thankful my house didn't flood or get demolished by a tornado. I'm also thankful a bird did not poop on my head and that I did not hit my head on a cabinet door. I'm glad the kids didn't stuff a pack of 24 double rolls down the toilet. This is kind of fun, actually.

  2. I'm thankful the world waited another year to end... Happy New Years!

    (keep on eye on your pups tonight)) :)

  3. Haha!! Me too!
    Poor Andrea actually HAD a bird poop on her head today! I told her it was good luck:)
    Happy New Year, indeed!!!

  4. I've had so much fun with all my non-toothaches today. I don't think that was the point, but the sillier I got the better I felt. I guess it doesn't really matter then.

  5. I love it! Keep going! I think it definitely counts if it makes you feel happy:) I have a backache today and kept thinking I should've been thankful for the nonbackache yesterday!

  6. Some toothaches are more serious than others...

    Be thankful ya don't have to deal with this sort. And say a little prayer for those who do.

  7. Andrea has mondo mojo... "Hell hath no fury as a woman pooped upon." click