How you doing today? Are you panicking about the coronavirus? Or are you taking it all in stride? I sort of go back and forth between the two reactions. Mostly I’m just trying to stay grounded and present because that is a great antidote to anxiety.
Gratitude is also an excellent way to be calm and stay focused so today I’m sharing three things I’m grateful for right now.
- I’m grateful for signs of spring. I saw a red-winged blackbird last week, the many daffodil bulbs we planted last spring are coming up, I have crocus in bloom, and the smell of spring is in the air. I’m still waiting on spring peepers but I know I’ll hear them any night now.
- I’m also grateful for the little bit of snow we got on Friday night. It was pretty as it came down and made the house feel so cozy. Plus – and this is a funny story – Dale and I went out in the snow around 11:30pm! I had just gone to bed and he came in and said something about how nice the snow looked and then suggested we go outside. I looked at him and said he was nuts and he said, “if I said this to you twenty years ago you would have jumped right up and said let’s go. Let’s not act old, let’s be silly.” So, challenge accepted and out we went. In our pajamas, I might add, but we walked across the deck and stood under our pergola with the twinkle lights on. It was romantic and lovely and a great reminder to be spontaneous now and again.
- Finally, I’m grateful for my gratitude journal. I started it last August and have written 5 things I’m grateful for every morning without fail. It’s a good reminder to think about gratitude throughout the day and it’s also great to go back and read the things I have written. Some are simple, like taking a drive with Dale, some are huge, like having all 4 kids together for the first time in 8 years, and they are all important and when look at together they reflect a lot of good things in my life.
I wish I could say I was grateful to have blog comments showing up in my inbox again but it’s not fixed yet. I have spent more than a few hours trying to fix it, first by myself, and then on the phone with GoDaddy. Yesterday I broke down and paid $50 to have GoDaddy figure it out. There’s a 72 hour window on that so let’s hope they can get things working again in the next day or so. In the meantime, I’m reading and loving your comments even if I can’t respond via email.
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