Category Archives: Gratitude Friday

Gratitude

1. Morning walks. Fall is my favorite time of the year for morning walks. It’s easy to get out early enough to see the sunrise, the mosquitoes are mostly gone, things are turning golden, it smells amazing, the temperatures are getting cooler, and there are a lot fewer people out. There was some excitement on Eric and Ringo’s walk this morning: Ringo went nose to nose with a baby skunk! Eric pulled him away as soon as he realized what was happening but the skunk didn’t ever turn and raise its tail — maybe an “are you my mother?” moment. My reaction was both “yuck!” and “aww, baby skunk!”, both oh no and utter joy.

2. Kindness. I’ve been moved by so many moments of this in the past week, both in person and online. When you look at things from one angle and they are so awful, it’s a relief to know there’s an antidote.

3. The earth and environment. It can be unpredictable, even cruel, and we’ve treated it so horribly, and yet it continues to sustain life in so many glorious forms, to be so gorgeous and magical.

4. Cooking with Eric. In particular recently I’m loving how we are able to take what we have and without much of a plan make something nourishing and yummy.

Bonus joy: grapefruit bubbly water, clean sheets, clean laundry, that corner of the couch, hanging out with Mikalina, Jessamy’s birthday and the pictures she sent me of the kids, my ice compression gloves and hand massager, my general practitioner and her assistant, my masseuse, the hydromassage chair, training with Shelby and the gang, a/c and fans, ice, strawberries, greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs, cheese, my office and practice room, Eric having a three day weekend, a warm shower, dental floss, meditation, Carrie Grossman’s version of the Ra Ma Da Sa mantra, books, good TV and movies (let’s be honest — sometimes even the versions that aren’t “good” are just what I need), listening to podcasts, reading in bed at night while Eric and Ringo sleep, the sky over our backyard.

Gratitude

1. Morning walks. The rabbitbrush is starting to bloom, a definite sign of fall. We saw our owl friend again and watched a heron catching some breakfast.

2. Texting. As a highly sensitive introvert who likes to stay home and doesn’t like to talk on the phone and whose best friends are also introverted and family lives 1200 miles away, it literally is a lifeline to be able to communicate through text.

3. The turn towards fall. It’s just beginning here, the summer fading and turning to fall — my favorite Colorado season.

4. Reading. Although it never stopped, never truly left me, my relationship with books and reading has returned to a level of joy it hasn’t been in some time, and I am loving it.

5. My tiny family, tiny home, tiny life. Lately Ringo has been reminding me so much of Dexter — the way he gets a toy and brings it to me, the way he comes into my office when I’m writing and naps on the floor next to me, the way he lounges on the step of the back patio in the morning, the way he rolls in the grass of our backyard. Having three dogs gone — one just before he turned eight, one right after he turned ten, and one at ten and a half — makes this time of Ringo’s life (he’ll be nine in November) very tender. I hope he lives to be an old dog, but the knowing that no matter how old, it will still be too soon makes me think of what Jeff Foster said, “Impermanence has already rendered everything and everyone around you so deeply holy and significant and worthy of your heartbreaking gratitude. Loss has already transfigured your life into an altar.”

Bonus joy: hanging out with Calyx, watching good TV and movies, listening to podcasts, writing at my desk in the morning with a cup of coffee, protein bars for when I just can’t manage to cook or make something but I need to feed myself, my compression gloves and thc/cbd creme and hand massager, the hydromassage chair, the pool, the sauna, being able to cry, a big glass of cold clean water, massage, a warm shower, clean sheets, clean laundry, having enough, having a “support team” of various wellness professionals, computer glasses, other people’s dogs, flowers, honey bees, antihistamines, trees, the river, the Pacific ocean, bats, sunrise/sunset, stars, naps, reading in bed while Eric and Ringo sleep.