We must be mindful. Mindful sounds terrible when you have a busy mind, I know, but being mindful is sorta clearing. One thing at a time. This thing. This now. I believe blessings are best counted in the moment, but it’s not as easy to practice that art as it is to write the statement. Sometimes I get all caught up in the rushing and doing and oh mercy, the shifting focus, quick, quick, quick! I must remind myself, stop myself to breathe and take a moment in gratitude.
On any given day I have plenty to be grateful for — family, furbabies, friends, house, job, food in the cupboards, indoor plumbing, absurdly expensive health insurance — I’m so fortunate. There are times I am acutely aware of the infinite abundance of love and possibility in this world. Times I can feel it running through me. However, I am a human and I take it for granted. I frequently need a reality check and I do enjoy fings and stuffs.
Out of the blue, my friend Cole sent me a lil giraffe necklace. It gave me all the happy and I hung it in Blanche, look how cute!
In case you did not know, giraffes make me happy and friends who see giraffes and think of me make me happy. Friends who would mail me the giraffe? Oh wow!
Then, in an uncanny coinkidink (as she would say) my mother sent me a giraffe sparkly. I know, you maybe think she saw Cole’s giraffe and rushed out to send me a fing, but you would be wrong. In fact, my mother mailed hers before Cole.
Two giraffes in a week?!?
But wait! There’s more!
A few weeks ago, my dear friend True sent me a code via text. It was for coffee at Starbucks. She said to have a coffee on her and to think of her, and oh my heart. So on Tuesday I got my True coffee and I did think of True. Aw, heart heart, True.
The barista asked how long it had been since I’d seen my friend. “Five years. Five years, six months, two weeks…” That’s how long I’ve been back home. Omalord, I do miss True. Bittersweet coffee had me like whoa.
I am still, STILL ridiculously happy to be back home, particularly this time of year.
That gratitude cup stays full. Grateful to be home.
Taking long walks in the woods.
Being thought of by those I love but who are afar.
I am so grateful to be living this week in my gifted life.
Happy Friday Everyone!