Gratitude: A weekend in the mountains
Joy: being far enough from the city to enjoy a starry sky
Awareness: Silence is sometimes underrated.
Gratitude: family, fog rising in the valleys and hanging over the meadows, country roads, rain on the river, lush green fields, blooming mountain laurel, seafood dinner, milkshakes, craft beer, and catching up with old friends, a jacket (fortunate I packed one since I packed all the wrong clothes for this weekend’s weather; forecast was way off!)
Joy: Hanging with the hubby on the river property in the rain…just like many times we’ve spent there
Awareness: How beautiful and peaceful it is to listen to the harmony of the river and wind singing their praises.
Creativity: Made a curtain
Gratitude: family, a husband who takes his time and energy to make sure my mom’s property is maintained, quartz stone, fields of wildflowers, safe travels ,
Joy: texting with one son and phone call from the other, visiting with my mom and sister
Awareness: Many of the things from which I am joyous are the very things that make me sick…allergies to the pollen of the gracious trees and beautiful flowers, and the molds from lingering rain. (Perhaps I should start taking antihistamines again. This is my first time in many years of not taking allergy medication.)
Gratitude: My five day headache finally vacated the premises!
Joy: Even though I was wiped out I still managed to grocery shop and go by the bank, bumping into a friend, hot chocolate
Awareness: how quickly my body gets out of whack when it hasn’t had proper exercise and diet for a few days
Gratitude: My talents, was glad some of my abilities was able to benefit Oldest.
Joy: A quiet house, each to his own tasks or joys; mine was reading.
Awareness: Four pairs of house finch flock at the front feeder…they all flutter to it at the same time…feathers fly in all directions except for the two who get a seat at the table. The others bide time on the ground and come from beneath to chase the diners away so they can take a turn at the buffet.
Gratitude: Moments spent unwinding with the hubby at the end of the day
Joy: Writer’s Group, laughter and informative conversation
Awareness: Synchronicities of hearing the right words at the right time or coming across something that moved me beyond words.
Creativity: Writing, drawing
Gratitude: Pleasant attitudes of all I encountered today! My husband taught our sons at an early age how to use tools properly, repair automotive problems and fix household appliances…it’s nice to know as adults they are able to do most things for themselves rather than having to hire someone. My life has always been blessed by family pets.
Joy: a sense of humor, laughter and funny conversations with my family
Awareness: The mundane moments of connection during any given day are enough…those are the moments that comprise a fulfilling life for me.