I woke up in the middle of the night and quickly realized that I would not promptly fall back I sleep, so I got up and wrote. Two hours later, I did go back to sleep, and I ended up sleeping until 8:30 in the morning. Thankfully, I have a job that doesn’t require certain hours of me, so that wasn’t a problem, but in that moment I did appreciate the flexibility of my work. In the thick of not being healthy, I may have lost sight of all the goodness around me. So today I am focusing on recognizing those good things and expressing my gratitude for them.
- I’m grateful for Dave. He’s been in Texas almost a year now. Every day, I experience his love for me and his patience with me. Most recently, he’s seen my moodiness with all things racing (or not racing), and he gets it. He gets me. I’m so lucky he does.
- I’m grateful for Jeanie. Last November, she invited me to a trail running film festival that spurred my interest in a race on my beloved Whidbey Island. Last night, she emailed to point out that registration for that race was open and to let me know that she’d registered. She’s a dear friend for many reasons, but in this moment it’s because she heard my heart last year and is helping me follow through.
- I’m grateful for my friends Kerry, Jenny and Sommer. They are my running buddies, but I haven’t been running with them for a couple of months now due to my hip. I mentioned to Kerry that I’d like to run again, but I’m not sure how far I can go. Her response? “We don’t mind walking.” And I know she meant it, so tomorrow morning, I’ll be back on the trails with my friends.
- I’m grateful for my home. Dave and I had a wonderful long weekend in Idaho, but it felt so good to come home. It felt good to do laundry and put things away and nestle in my space with Bread and Butter. I love my home. It feels right to me.
- I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to travel. When we got home on Monday, I was putting my camera away, and I came across a memory card that had photos on it from my first international trip. Before 2011, I had never traveled outside the United States, but that year, I went on a trip to Italy and Greece, and that trip opened up a new world for me. I’ve since been to Spain, Germany, England, Africa and Honduras. I don’t know when I’ll go abroad again, but I’m grateful for the trip that taught me that I’m capable of travel.
- I’m grateful for my niece. She’s nineteen and the coolest person I know. She’s smart, funny, and totally in love with all things musical. She loves Broadway. She loves to sing and dance. She loves all kinds of music, except country, which is fine since every person should have at least one flaw. Her text messages pretty much always make me laugh. I’m so lucky to know her.
I think it’s good practice to intentionally recognize the goodness around me. It’s easy to get wrapped up in what’s not right, but so much is so good. I shouldn’t let myself lose sight of the goodness.