Grateful to Be Alive

“May you live in interesting times.” ~ Chinese Curse

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~ William Arthur Ward

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

I take exception to the Chinese curse above. I don’t think humans are meant to live in calm waters all their lives. At least one of Jane Austen’s characters, Mrs. Croft, an Admiral’s wife in Persuasion, thought so. She said, “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” I feel vindicated! 

I admit since the end of 2016 when it seemed that the world took a steep nosedive, and then it really did in March of 2020, I struggled to find joy in everyday living. But I kept turning away from despair and looking for little things to be grateful for. Being ordered to stay home was one of them. My husband and I were able to spend lots of time together. He was able to help me with my Story-Power artwork, and other things I needed help with to launch my podcast. And it’s always wonderful to enjoy the wildlife wandering through our yard. I also had lots of time to reflect and work on healing old wounds.

In the spring of this year, I joined Mindvalley to take some “quests” to help me continue to clear out old ways of thinking and feeling about my life and my place in the world. I just started my seventh quest, Unlimited Abundance, taught by Christie Marie Sheldon. I’ve been working on clearing lots of old beliefs and ideas that weren’t true about who I am and why I’m here. Most recently I’ve been working on clearing blocks to allowing abundance of all kinds to flow to me, but particularly money. 

After only a few sessions with Christie, I feel subtle shifts in the way I feel about my life and my financial future. It’s hard to describe but I’m different somehow and I like it. I feel more open and free to not only enjoy life, but to build the life I always dreamed of but never believed I could have.

Today, I’m grateful that my parents taught me to be open to change and to be a lifelong learner. If not for their encouragement, I might be miserable right now believing nothing in my life can get better.

Another thing I’m grateful for is the fact that in most cases change happens gradually. There are times like now with lots of upheaval and it seems like the changes are occurring all of a sudden, but that’s not true. The groundwork was being laid subtly and quietly for many years. It’s just now time to heal the deep-seated wounds that we were trying to cover up.

I guess my efforts to clear out my gunk, and the efforts of others like me, are having an affect on the wider world. I believe we often think that we’re alone in what we experience. But that’s not true. I can’t remember where I first heard this but it’s true, “Emotions are energy in motion.” The energy of our emotions both good and bad, travel out from us to those around us and beyond. Which means, I’m going to continue to try to send out clear love energy and that means continuing to work on myself. 

Have a lovely weekend. I hope you find something to be grateful for today.


Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2022

The Space Between Time

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, after the last few years, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.


I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story with other story lovers. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about what you’ve learned from your favorites, come join me at


If you are a podcaster, or have a message or fantastic product you want to share with the world, I encourage you to check out PodMatch. Use the affiliate link and tell them, Lucinda sent you. Then contact me so we can set up a Story-Power chat.


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I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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