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Gratitude Friday


1. Sam. I’m not sure what I’d do without him right now, THE dog, (well, I know what I’d do — probably rescue two more dogs immediately). I had Little D on top of Dexter’s crate, along with his ashes, collar, and a clay paw print. Sam noticed it there and asked to have it. At first I said no, just like I did when Dexter was still here, “no, that’s Dexter’s toy.” It only took a few minutes of that sweet face, the way he’d look at me, look at the toy, look back at me, sitting so polite and patient, before I gave in and let him have it. We played for a few minutes and then he got in his crate with it, which is when I took this picture. Sam is his own kind of sad about losing his brother.

2. The promise of our garden harvest. Most of our strawberries didn’t survive the heat, some of the flowers I transplanted are a bit droopy and wilted, and most of our lettuce was eaten by bugs, but there are baby cucumber and zucchini squash, tomatoes and peppers, and Eric has been using our basil when he makes pizza.

3. Tribe, smart, creative, loving friends, both online and in the flesh, all real, who are working on the same things I am, doing the same practice, setting the same intentions, giving me support and offering inspiration, making me smile.

4. Books. I just ordered the new Neil Gaiman novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, (his wife wrote a really good blog post about it, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (A Book & Marriage Review)), and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s new book, The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity’s Hidden Treasure, and I can’t wait to read them. I am so grateful that there is so much beauty and wisdom so easily accessible.

5. New Girl, Season One, now available on Netflix streaming. I had missed the first part of the season, started watching late on Hulu.com, but now that it’s on Netflix I can catch up, (I clearly had missed WAY more than I realized). I love that show. The comedy happens in the context of people caring about each other, living together, and in the mess of that relationship, utterly beautiful and awkward and full of grace and completely complicated, the comedy naturally arises rather than resorting to stereotypes and meanness like so much other comedy seems to do. It’s smart funny, heart funny, real funny.

Bonus Joy: Yoga and weight training. I hadn’t been for a few weeks because first I was sick, then Dexter. It was good to get back to it.

Gratitude Friday

This post started as a mashup of The Little Bliss List and Joy Jam, and as such is meant to celebrate: the little things that brought me hope and happiness this week, the sweet stuff of life, those small gifts that brought me joy this week. By sharing them, I not only make public my gratitude, but maybe also help you notice your own good stuff and send some positive energy out into the world.

1. Books. I just finished The One and Only Ivan and A Kiss Before You Go. I am still reading Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, Help Thanks Wow, and Radical Acceptance, and plan to start The Wishing Year later today. And, I just bought Crazy Sexy Diet and preordered Natalie Goldberg’s new book, The True Secret of Writing. I love reading.

2. 27 Days: Writing Prompts to Grow Your Powers!. I don’t really have time to do this right now, but I miss Laurie, miss being in a class with her, miss her constant and vibrant voice and support, and a few other friends signed up, so even though I might be collecting these and doing them on a much slower schedule, I’m in. love Laurie and writing.

3. New GirlThis show makes me laugh, and if you can make me laugh, I love you instantly and madly. I love Zooey Deschanel.

How could anyone resist her?

4. Signs of Spring. It was sunny and so warm yesterday, and tomorrow it’s supposed to snow at least six inches. I love spring in Colorado.

5. The Red Table, and the sweetest friend to sit there with.love Yay Turkey and Chloe’.

Bonus Joy: Another week with Dexter. Even at almost ten years old, with cancer and a knee injury, he’s still living a good life and happy to be here. I love Dexter.