Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Edited to add: Linking up with FFF today, even though I wrote this post two days ago. The beauty of making it a habit to keep a gratitude journal or doing an exercise like Friday's Fave Five is that it gets me in the habit of looking for the good things in life, even in the midst of challenges. Wednesday was a good day for this;)
Sometimes you don't have to wait for a meme like Friday Fave Five to count blessings. Sometimes you need to just do it in the middle of the week. Here are some things that have helped me remain peaceful of late.
1. Mass on Sunday and coffee with friends. I love the early mass because it's quiet, the music is simple and many of the attendees are people I've grown up with, or parents of friends I grew up with. Afterward, I had coffee with some friends. It was nice to catch up after a long summer.
2. A day in the mountains. On Monday, I took a drive up to the little mountain town of Grand Lake, with my sister-in-law, aunt and stepmom. We met another sister-in-law for lunch, beside the stream in the photo above. It was during the eclipse, and the people at the next table shared their glasses with us. The solar eclipse was like a big party for the whole country, and it was really nice to join together and share something so extraordinary and positive.
3. The back porch with Dan. Talking quietly until we were both almost too tired to get up and go to bed. With him, I find my quiet center.
4. When life is chaotic, I find refuge in putting my surroundings in order. I cleaned out the refrigerator and the pantry one day. Simple, but restorative.
5. Dinner with good friends* in the middle of the week at the Old Spaghetti Factory. It feels like an indulgence to go out in the middle of the week, when it's a work night. But sometimes that is just when we need it, just like counting blessings doesn't have to be saved for the end of the day or the end of the week.
Happy Hump Day to all.