Gratitude: getting out of the house and not having to cook tonight, reading
Joy: sushi and sake
Awareness: Though I am an introvert, I notice how my spirit soars when I get out, not in the thick of people, just out of my environment where I can watch or converse if I choose…if there’s too much involvement I tend to wear out.
Joy: wine and caramel
Awareness: Sometimes choices can be binding or freeing, and what binds one frees another. It’s kind of like beauty; it’s in the eye of the beholder.
Creativity: coordinating colors and items for a room redo
Gratitude: decluttering…cleaning out cabinets, home life
Joy: buying new furniture
Awareness: While it can be difficult to let go of some things it is necessary to make room for new. It is incredibly refreshing when your space has been decluttered…and there are always more loads to be lightened and places to be cleaned.
Gratitude: swift actions (recovery and future preventative measures) from our bank as our accounts were hacked and used fraudulently…someone was having a field day with “go fund me” pages
Joy: book club
Awareness: I often forget how enjoyable it is to just get together with a group of women to converse and laugh. I never realize how much I need it until I experience it.
Gratitude: hot homemade lasagna on a rainy day
Joy: Texting back and forth with my niece whose birthday is today.
Awareness: Being a witness to happiness…laughing children, vibrations of a purring cat, wagging tail of a dog, smiles on faces, warmth in conversations, a sweet sigh, feeling of lightness and increased energy
Gratitude: shelter, clean water, food, and clothing
Joy: The sound of absolute pleasure from those eating something I’ve cooked…Asiago chicken is divine!
Awareness: They wave their pearled fingers in the wind. The undersides of their arms a shade lighter than their avocado upper arms. They swish to and fro telling a spring story to all who listen. The leaves of the lugustrum are soft and smooth as satin while their blooms carry a slightly bitter, unpleasant scent.
Creativity: Writing, drawing
Gratitude: a reading list…always a good book waiting to be ordered and enjoyed
Joy: Prismacolor pencils, hot herbal tea
Awareness: A golden light cast tortoise shell designs across the trunks of the tall pines. Behind those trees the same gold spotlighted the boughs of the neighbor’s pines. Good morning Sun.