Taking photos and playing music, writing. I wish I had more free time to devote to these things.
I would write a letter to my future self. I’d tell her that nothing is ever as bad as I make it out to be, that it’s ok if I can’t do everything, all I can do is try and live in the present, walk the path lightly, and try not to kick up too much dust.
After many years, I live in a region of the country where I can tolerate the weather. For someone who struggled with long cold grey snowy winters, the change in quality of life is everything.
Whatever it is, it’s something I’m refraining from doing or participating in. Some action I’m not taking. Something I’m not reacting to.
My relationship with my partner. We went through a rough patch for a couple months…but it seems now that has passed and I’m learning to trust.
Be a good listener.
By being present—- by knowing what those people, objects, causes are that are most important to me and devoting time and energy to those things. Learning how to filter out the excess ‘noise’ of life.
Being grateful helps you to see the good in situations that may at first appear discouraging…that in itself is healing I suppose.
Go with the flow. Don’t try to control the situation. Trust.
Acceptance. I’m not always the easiest person to be around. My partner sees through all that.
Also, snuggles from my cat. I love it when he buries his head in my lap purring.
I can not let my frustrations get the better of me. I can try to understand my partner’s point of view . I can focus at work and have a productive day. I can try not to let the little things get to me. I can find small ways to show my partner affection.
1. The trees I can see from my porch— here in Northern California fall is (sort of) here and I can see the leaves starting to turn. When I sit on my porch I often stare at the trees…watching birds, listening to the leaves rustling in the wind.
2. My zinnia plants in my garden- sure they aren’t looking perfectly healthy, but they’ve continued to flower throughout the summer and into the fall. I haven’t always had outdoor space where I’ve lived so I appreciate the gardening...
2. My zinnia plants in my garden- sure they aren’t looking perfectly healthy, but they’ve continued to flower throughout the summer and into the fall. I haven’t always had outdoor space where I’ve lived so I appreciate the gardening experience I’ve had this past summer.
3. My side porch – I sit out here every morning before I start my work day, drinking coffee, reading this site, watching the birds. It’s a pretty basic small porch & I could make it look much nicer, but really just being able to have an outdoor space of my own is enough.
Instead of telling my partner what it seems like he’s thinking or what I can and cannot do…I’m just going to observe. Not ask questions but just vibe with him…go with the flow.
I experience that as a sense of peace, I feel grounded and loved.
Early mornings when I sit outside on my porch, sipping coffee, listening to the birds, and reading this site. Also —
Watering my garden.
Saying good morning to my cats.
Spending time with my partner.
Give it time…there is a not-so-feral cat who I’ve been feeding for over a year…in the past two months, he’s finally allowed me to pet him… I’ve started thinking of these guys as garden cats 🐈
I love this response— so true!
That is amazing. I would love to receive something like this from my mother.
**and cat time too!
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