I am trying something new this week and writing this post as the week goes along so that I don’t miss something. It’s kind of like a gratitude journals of sorts.
- A fellow bike rider saw my back tire was going flat on Tuesday morning and lent me his air pump and showed me how to use it. I had tried to “fill” them the previous day at work, and i guess i ended up doing the opposite. So, thank goodness for the kindness of strangers and willingness to teach me something.
- I have been part of an online micro-course called Everyday Magic, which is run by Tammy Strobel, of the blog, Rowdy Kittens. Like the title suggests, a main part of the course is to realize everyday magic in your surroundings and to help you take better photos, even if it’s of just a simple image or something on a grander scale. She really encourages us to slow down and notice more in the ordinary or everyday. I have found that even though I don’t always stop to snap a photo of something I find to be beautiful, I am definitely taking a lot of mental snapshots throughout the day, and looking at things in a different light, both literally and figuratively. I’m also learning about a lot of cool photo apps and tools. The course involves a private Facebook group so I’m also connecting with others as we learn and improve. (If you want to learn more about Tammy, check out her book, You Can Buy Happiness and It’s Cheap! which I have listed on my Helpful Books page.)
- My morning walks with my pup, Osito. Sometimes we are outside before dawn, and it is so quiet and peaceful, standing underneath the trees. It’s so quiet that sometimes all you hear is the rustling of leaves, or the honking of the Canadian geese as they fly over the reservoir or talk amongst themselves. One morning, I even saw the silhouettes of a few bunnies. It is that time of day when I feel most at peace. The day has a lot of promise, and no one can take those moments away from me. (Same with my morning workouts or bike commute.)
- My animals, including my foster kitty, Bonkers. As I fed them their dinners on Thursday night, I felt a sense of contentment and satisfaction while looking at them. I have the ability to provide for them, and to give all of us a roof over our heads. Bonkers will probably only be staying with me for another week or so, while I try to fatten him up. I feel a lot of happiness when I see him looking out the window at the garden below, or starting to doze when I talk in a very soft tone to him. As I write this post, I have a sleeping 4.5 lb dog with her head contentedly lying on my leg, and my white cat Max just walked over my tablet enroute to his spot where he now sits on my right. (Oh, and right now, the dog is snoring. Loudly.) Sebastian sits behind me in top of the sofa. That’s three furry bodies within a foot of me. Feel the love!
- The compliment of “you look the part [of being a personal trainer.]” This was said by someone who is a trainer, and who helped me reaffirm that this goal is something I should chase. He reaffirmed that just because I find myself sometimes bored with my textbook, or frustrated with my problems in grasping some of the concepts, that that is completely normal.
- My ex-boyfriend, for breaking up with me. That’s right. Let me write it again. I am thankful that he broke up with me. As I was studying my corrective exercise science stuff this morning, I realized, through a sudden wave of anger I felt toward him, that it had to end. I have really been working on self-awareness and trying to understand why things happen the way they do in this life. Being with him taught me that I am willing to give up a lot for another human being. And our breakup was so abrupt that, while I didn’t get that full sense of closure I would want, it was so abrupt that I realize it wasn’t all about me. I realize that I am now following my dreams, and that it’s ok to feel the way I do about certain topics. Love only works if both people are willing to compromise. I had done so much work on myself in the two years prior to meeting him, and ultimately I feel now that I would have slid backward, and compromised too many of my ideals and goals. But, as someone pointed put to me, it did some that I am capable of loving someone with all my heart. That’s something I questioned at earlier times of my life.
- Watching the documentary “I Am” on Netflix. It is about many things, but it really discusses the interconnectedness of us all and how even little actions can ultimately make a huge difference. It supported a lot of the ideas I have come to believe in over the past few years.