But no matter, snow or no snow, life is amazing. Tomorrow I will be hiking. Today, I ticked off everything on my list including doing Abby’s nails and writing another story.
It occurred to me that I didn’t write my usual Thanksgiving blog – you know, the one where I list everything I’m thankful for. I suspect I omitted that little chore because I’ve been feeling grateful pretty much on a daily basis.
But now that Simon is home – and safe and happily working on his book and clearly delighted to be back with his family, I thought I’d catch up on written expressions of gratitude.
First, I am grateful for Simon. Yes, he drives me mad at times (and he’ll say the same thing about me) but my gosh, I’d be hard-pressed to find a better man. I am grateful that he loves me and that he loves his daughter and his puppies and nature and trees and animals. What it all comes down to, I think, is that I’m grateful he has such a huge heart with infinite amounts of love to spread around – and that he spreads so much of it in my direction. He is a good man in every sense of the word.
I am grateful that I love him and that we are together for the duration. I am grateful for that sense of warmth, security and commitment. This commitment is incredibly freeing and yes, comfortable. Nothing wrong with this kind of beautiful, warm comfort.
I am grateful that I have so recently re-discovered my passion for writing and that I have found my writing niche. I am excited about the story I wrote today – can hardly wait to go back over it and edit it.
I am grateful for mountains – these ladies in the sky that call to me – grateful I can hear their beautiful voices – grateful that I stand among them so often in awe and bliss.
I am grateful for new friends – some of the most beautiful people I have ever met – grateful for the giving and receiving of love and affection and friendship.
I am grateful for the puppies and for my home and for my life. Imagine! Being alive! What are the odds of actually being a conscious individual in this massive universe! It boggles the mind. If you can’t be grateful for that, then really – are you actually paying attention?
I am grateful for nature – the mother of us all.
I could go on with a very long list which would include, hiking socks, dark chocolate, almonds, Bruce Springsteen, Merino wool, wood stoves, marmots, people who build trails, hiking apps, down pillows, electric lights, paved roads and tree frogs.
But that’s enough for this year. remembering to be in gratitude every single day.