I was reminded this week of the time that's gone by--seemingly so quickly, this past decade--and all I have to be grateful for in that span:
*For the events that shook my life into an unrecognizable state. In retrospect, such a necessary shaking.
*For the smackdown of smugness in obliterating a perception of the ideal couple or perfect family unit. Losing smugness is never a bad thing.
*For the people who stepped into the void and put their arms--literally and figuratively--around me. I still shake my head at the width and breadth of that outpouring.
*For the family who supported even my less-thought-out notions as I made premature decisions and floundered at times.
*For a community that welcomed my small business efforts. Those first few clients who took a chance on me, I remember them fondly.
*For my sweet kid, who gave me reason to get out of bed every morning and put a smile on my face. Who ate Doritos while lounging on my catering kitchen floor (yes, floor, don't ask) watching Scooby-Doo DVDs. Who heard me when I said, "Be kind to your mama, boy. It's been a long day/week/month/year." He really got it, for such a wee one. And he still gets it (and me) now.
*For written words that soothed me. Well, they sometimes challenged me and sometimes they soothed me. They definitely grew me.
*For beginning the practice of writing down my blessings. It helped me reframe my circumstances into glass-half-full, always.
*For sleep aids. True.
*For the space and time to get to know myself again, as an single adult woman (that sounds so clinical, said like that). The difference between 18 and 35 is profound. (Understatement of the week.)
*For work that challenged me, creatively and physically.
*For the man who came into my life and made loving again so easy. (Husband.)
*For the years we've been together, filled with lots of conversation, laughter and foot rubs.
*For all that I'm able to be awake to the possibility of now, in all areas of my life, because of the challenges.
May your weekend be filled with reflection on your own blessings. Peace.