Gratitude Friday

1. Quiet. Time and space, stillness.

2. Ringo’s toe healing. It’s been tough to keep his activity so restricted, especially when there’s a yard full of snow to run in, but he’s been such a good patient. It’s also given me the opportunity to really work with the anxiety I have around the dogs being hurt or sick, the ways that I make myself suffer and struggle, worrying about doing the right thing, not making a mistake, trying to control things. It’s been so uncomfortable, but also so helpful.

restriction3. Snow. It’s restricted my movement and I am feeling ready for winter to be over, but I also know it will soon be over, so I’m also appreciating it while it is here. I walked the dogs for two hours yesterday morning in 17 degrees while it was snowing, and it was more beautiful than miserable.

4. Pay day. I am so lucky to have a job, to be able to pay my bills and tuck some money aside, to have the luxury of spending a little on things that aren’t really necessary.

5. My brother. It’s his birthday today. I came from a big extended family, but only have one true sibling. I’m so grateful for him.

meandchris02Bonus joy: Gortex, wool, down, snow tires, heat, feeling like I know what I’m doing, making someone laugh, laughing with Eric, kale salad, chocolate mini muffins, having things work out, losing my keys and then finding them, a good hat, birds, foxes, dog sighs, cancelled plans, taking it slow, reading, eating when I’m hungry, water, how our bodies can heal without needing us to take charge of the process, sleep, tears, the beach, long walks, warm slippers, grapefruit juice, practice.

8 thoughts on “Gratitude Friday

  1. Laurie Wagner

    I love that everything that was good this week happened around you baby. You’re so generous with the rest of us hoodlums. I love that you circled your own wagons. Now that’s something good!

    Love you, xxx L


  2. Jean-Nicole

    Cute pic of you with your brother! I have one with my sister from a long time ago, us both wearing sunglasses too. You look like Mary Chapin Carpenter in that photo – that’s a compliment!!!!! 🙂 Thanks for gratitude Fridays. My morning pages have been filled with gratitude. This weekend I am taking The Artist’s Way workshop, with Julia Cameron! I know you,
    oh “fellow bookish one,” must know it. Thanks again for all your inspiration. And, your commitment to the blog is amazing!

      1. Jean-Nicole

        Yes, WITH HER -Saturday and Sunday!!!!! I feel weird because I never did the whole book – just morning pages and also, I’m sick. Ah, the universe will make it all work out. Like with Ringo!
        Have you done the book in its entirety? I had a feeling you’d love Mary Chapin Carpenter 🙂 – I saw her in concert this fall – amazing!!!!!

      2. jillsalahub Post author

        It took me 10 years (!) to get though the whole book. I tried twice and only made it to week 7 or 8. Then I did it as part of a group and was able to finish.

  3. Alane

    hey jill, if you don’t mind me asking, what do you mean by one true sibling? (he IS a cutie pie by the way! ) i so understand your anxiety when it comes to the animals, but we need to trust that they will heal well, just like us! i’ve had 15 animals over 25+ years; they are my kids, but i’ve also learned to let them be dogs, cats, birds……. not easy all the time and when they hurt i do too…. ringo is going to be fine! 🙂 i just know it. 🙂 thanks for sharing jill! xo

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      What I mean by that is I have a sister-in-law, and because my mom was the 2nd oldest of 12 kids and we are really close with her family, the youngest of her siblings felt like my older brothers and sisters (my youngest aunt was only 6 years older than me), but I only had one actual sibling. Thanks for the reassurance about Ringo. ❤


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