Yesterday was *mostly* not a good day. I was quite sad about many things, which shall remain nameless. In the middle of the day, however, my good buddy, Susan and I met for a picnic at the waterfront park. We talked deep and serious and laughed a lot, and pretty soon we both felt better.
We both snapped pictures of each other and put them on Facebook, just for kicks.
One of the things I like to do when feeling blue is: make a list of good things.
So here is a list of a positive happenings in my life.
- My friend Susan. Not only does she read and comment on this blog, she is a buddy who understands the value of feeling feelings and sharing truths. Thank you, Susan, for being who you are.
- Our garden grows filled with vibrant zucchini, heirloom deer’s tongue lettuce, spring onions, basil, cilantro, tomatoes of many varieties, swiss chard, cucumbers (oh ye cucumbers keep growing!), broccoli and the ever-loved rattlesnake green beans.
- My spiritual buddy Larissa. You know what you mean to me, girlfriend. thanks for our Zoom talk today.
- Family. Son, daughter, husband, mother. Hearts for all of you. Infinite hearts. I love you all to the moon and back.
- The many friends and acquaintances who pause here to read this blog–and those who pause to comment. I love your comments. I love hearing about your thoughts and lives. It always feels like the person who is commenting is sitting here in my living room sharing from her/his heart. Thank you so much.
- Watching Grace and Frankie on Netflix with Barry every afternoon. So many laughs!
- We live in a rural beautiful wooded 23 acres only a quarter mile from Lake Superior.
- Our firewood is cut, chopped, split and stacked for the year.
- A lifetime of living and growing and learning. Making mistakes–yes–but learning from them. Hopefully.
- Learning to accept myself and others and life. Trying and failing and trying again and again.
- Grateful that gratitude arises after sadness, sure as the sun peeks over the horizon morning after morning.
- Grateful for the small things–like the chipmunk who eats seeds from our hands. The way newly-cut grass smells. The kindness of friends and strangers.
I will not write tonight what bothers, what feels wrong. Will not share struggles and sorrows because mostly I just do this privately one-on-one, looking at a friend in the eyes, sharing the heart.
This gratitude list uplifts my spirits and ignites hope, balancing out the trials and tribulations of the world with the medicine of thankfulness.
What about you? What are some things you’re grateful for today? Little or big things that shine light sunlight to illuminate through any challenges of your days?