I spent a lot of time driving yesterday, and I’m grateful for the green hillsides, the purple Columbine, and the orange gazania that sprinkle the freeway medians. I’m grateful for the newly forming leaves on the Crepe Myrtles, and the spiking irises. #anticipation. And, I’m grateful for perspective. No matter how annoying or difficult today’s problems are, it was much worse 50 years ago.
As we await the big weather “event” here in California, I’m grateful for the light drizzle, and a few minutes to gaze out the window and marvel at the wonders of water. I’m grateful that even though I can’t bring my whole self to work, I bring my best self, and most fully-present self to work. My whole self? I don’t think anyone is really quite ready for that. And, I’m grateful that’s I’ve put in enough time this past month to finally be a tiny bit ahead at work and life. The stress of being behind is too much for me to take, and now that the big hump is behind me, I feel much more relaxed and in control. All things to be grateful for…
I’m grateful for the karma that brought me to California. Never have I regretted my decision to live here. I’m grateful for a few days away from the computer and from work. I enjoy my profession, but sometimes I just need it to stop. And, I’m grateful for on-line recipes and recipe books. I don’t follow them very often (like most people) but, like vacation brochures, they’re just nice to browse.
I’m grateful for a crystal clear, cool California day. A beautiful day – perfect weather – is free, and we all enjoy it the same. I’m grateful that despite the pandemic, race wars, and horrific politics, we have all grown more compassionate, and are much better at dealing with disappointment and change than we were a year ago. And, I’m grateful that I have a healthy relationship with money. Money is a commodity, but so is time, tranquility, and love. Balance in all things.
I’m grateful for a quiet Monday and another beautiful California day. I’m grateful that I’ve continued to exercise patience with cyclists who ride on the sidewalk and pedestrians who walk in the street, and I’m grateful for pizza; it never disappoints.
I’m grateful for a small break in the heat. It was almost cool this morning, and it was a good reminder of why I love California so. I’m grateful I got my sprinklers fixed a few months ago. They’ve really helped conserve water. And I’m grateful for the late summer brown and gold of the garden. Each season is beautiful.