Today I am grateful for some extra nice weather. We were able to take a long walk with the dogs today and see the animals around the lake. It felt amazing to be out in the fresh air. It was one of those moments where it felt like my body was screaming to move and as soon as we started walking I immediately felt relief.
Today I am grateful for time spent together. Not only did we get to go on a walk today, my husband and I were able to spend some time together in the kitchen. We made homemade chicken noodle soup, some butternut squash pilaf, and some chick pea hash for the week. We’ve also been making preparations for Thanksgiving on Thursday and it has felt so nice to be working together.
Today I am grateful for everything we have been able to do during this year. While we are approaching the holiday season and I see that people are struggling with how different things are going to look, I am grateful that we are still able to have some semblance of our tradition. I am also grateful to remember quite clearly what is really important: this is about our time together and appreciating the gifts we have, the life we have built. Just because it looks different, it doesn’t diminish what we have to celebrate.
Today I am grateful for focused time with my son. He has been in full threenager mode this year and that has been a challenging transition for all of us because he has learned to assert himself effectively. Remembering that my son is his own person with his own thoughts, feelings, wants, and needs is hard to keep at the front of my mind. He frustrates easily so he argues quickly—and there are times I just don’t have the patience or the time to deal with it. Spending time with him doing what he wants to do is an effective tool but it isn’t always practical. It was nice to give him some time to do what he wanted to do.
Today I am grateful for excitement and anticipation. In spite of everything that has happened this year, I have seen first hand that things have a way of working out. I’m looking forward to creating new ways to bring the magic into our household. My husband is having a difficult time getting excited for the holidays this year (and I will not push him) but I still feel hopeful and excited to share a wonderful holiday with my family. Even if we can’t host this year, I am still giving my son memories of us being together and having fun. Plus there are ways we can still see the family even if we aren’t in person.
Today I am grateful for education. I started reading “The Body Keeps The Score” by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. today and it is fascinating. There is so much information available in the world, it reminds me of why I haven’t been able to decide on one thing to do with my time. But today it gives me hope—I don’t have to settle on one thing. Life is about alchemy and all of those topics I enjoy can find a place together somehow.
Today I am grateful for love. No matter what my relationships have looked like, I have been blessed with an abundance of love. I am working on loving myself more—and as we know that is one of the most difficult things to do. But there is so much value in caring for ourselves, for setting our worth, and for sticking with it. I am so grateful to have reminders every day of the existence of love in every form in this world.
Have a wonderful week, everyone!