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Gratitude Friday

The view from here, on the front porch

1. We’re still here. As Mary Oliver wrote in her poem Invitation: “It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in the broken world.” Today I am filled with grief, joy, rage, love, and confusion. And I’m still here. I’m not giving up. Don’t you give up either, kind and gentle reader — we need each other. And I mean this so sincerely, to know that there are others “out there” trying to make things better keeps me going.

The view from here, in the back yard

2. Practice. More than ever. I hope you have something similar, something that gives you a safe space to process, a soft place to land and a strong foundation, a still moment to be, to feel all the things.

3. Nourishment, comfort, and inspiration, in all its forms. Friends, family, dogs, birds at the feeder, sunshine, snow, the river, the sky, good mail, music, the pool, the sauna, essential workers, first responders, farm workers, medical professionals and staff, vaccines, clementines, fresh baked bread, pay day, podcasts, movies, TV, books, comedy, indoor plants, down pillows and blankets, soft merino wool, my HappyLight, texting with my mom and brother, hanging out and writing with Mikalina, hanging out with Chloe’, reading in bed at night while Ringo and Eric sleep.

4. The internet and the various devices that connect me to it. I get that we have to be careful, that there is risk and danger, but I am sitting here, connecting with you, sharing pictures I took with my phone, listening to one of my favorite playlists on Spotify using my Bluetooth speaker. I can text and Zoom with people I love but can’t see in person, I can access more content than I could consume in ten lifetimes. Etc.

5. Morning walks. It’s so dark out right now that there aren’t as many opportunity for pictures, but even as I say that, we are moving closer to the light.

6. My tiny family. They are my favorite.

Gratitude Friday

1. Morning walks. To be honest, I didn’t go on any this week. We got snow and it was cold and Eric is on a break from work, so he and Ringo went running every morning. However, this morning when I was coming back from picking up groceries, the sunrise over the river was so pretty that I turned around and parked by the trail to get some pictures. Just as I was walking back to my car, Eric and Ringo came running towards me on the trail, so I got to say “hi” and walk with them a little bit.

2. A whole new year. I really really want it to be better than this one, but I also accept that even this could have been worse and there was so much to be grateful for, still.

3. Practice. I was thinking the other day how all my practices — writing, meditation, yoga, and even dog — all intended for me to meet myself where I’m at, to be with what is arising in this very moment, and that by being gentle and open, I am my truest and strongest self. May it be of benefit.

4. People doing their jobs, keeping it all going. Last night around 6 pm, a water main broke on our block. The utilities company had people there right away, and they stayed ALL NIGHT working to fix the problem, in the cold and wet and dirt, and they had it all done and cleaned up and working again by 7 am. What a miracle that we have access to clean water, that there are those who understand how to make that system work, and when something breaks down, they are right there working on it until it’s fixed — in this case while we did nothing but watch and sleep. People every day making sure we have access to food and vaccines and electricity, keeping the rest of us safe and cared for and comfortable. We are so lucky.

6. My tiny family, our little house. This week was sweet and quiet and wonderful.

Bonus joy: books, music, TV, movies, podcasts, clementines, getting in the pool, sitting in the sauna with Eric, our Christmas tree lights, naps, hanging out and writing with Mikalina, tea with Chloe’, texting good wishes to people I love, Christmas cards, pay day, having all the laundry done and put away, snow, tiny birds at my feeders (I have two now), down blankets and pillows, texting with my mom and brother and nieces, reading in bed at night while Eric and Ringo sleep.