Gratitude Friday


1. Morning walks with the dogs. Oh how I’ve missed this. Finally mostly healed from a bum knee, a fall on the ice, and surgery, yesterday morning I was able to go on my first solo morning walk with the dogs. It did not disappoint.

2. Teachers, writers, and friends that say and write the most amazing, helpful things — things that on some days are the only thing that will keep me from giving up. Tenderhearted, smart, kind, funny humans like Jeff Oaks and Jena Schwartz and Laurie Wagner and Susan Piver.


3. Practice. Meditation, yoga, writing, and dog. And, as I was telling my friend Justine, even marriage. With the right intention and an open heart, it can all be practice.

4. Sweet things, salty things. Ice cream and chocolate and potatoes and cheese, in particular but in no particular order.

5. My tiny family. Cuddling with Sam (which he doesn’t do very often, so it’s special), laughing or taking a walk with Eric, and just waiting around for the next thing Ringo is going to do, because it’s guaranteed to make me crazy and happy, simultaneously.


Bonus joy: being able to walk 3.62 miles without pain, a good week at work, good TV, good books, good food, clean water, soaking in a tub of hot water, clean sheets, finishing the laundry, being able to pay bills and give, being seen, taking a nap, sunshine, Wild Writing, spending time with good people.

6 thoughts on “Gratitude Friday

  1. Shelly

    And the same to you teacher and writer (I can’t say friend yet – maybe one day if I keep reaching out instead of being the silent reader) that writes the most amazing, helpful things when I need them as well! You wrote this:
    “Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don’t know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. But really we just don’t know.”
    Absolutely on a day I needed it. Thank you!

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      You are so welcome, Shelly. And just to be sure everyone else knows — I shared that quote, but it was actually Pema Chödrön who wrote it. She’s so smart. ❤

      1. Shelly

        I should have quoted the whole piece that you incorporated the quote into as that’s what spoke to me. That we take our lives and use the wise teachings available and I appreciate that you do that often! You share so honestly so that we all can know that our struggles do not need to be suffered alone.

    2. jillsalahub Post author

      That’s it right there isn’t it, Shelly? — “our struggles do not need to be suffered alone.” I have to remind myself of that sometimes, when it starts to feel too hard or too overwhelming. I’m so glad you are here to hold what I’m sending out, that it helps you — because it certainly helps me, to be here and to know that people like you are out there listening. ❤

    3. Teri D

      Shelly and Jill, The quote reached me just at the right timing as well. I have found you, Jill, to be genuine and unique as you are in the moment. That’s what I love about you. 🌹


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