Definitely early mornings. After a cup of coffee, I savor the gift of new day. My heart and mind are fully open to whatever comes. Why? I feel I receive unknown reassurance that everything will be OK every morning.
I don’t think that I’ve taken my family or friends for granted. However, I started realizing, after almost six months of limited human contact due to the pandemic, that I miss casual conversations with strangers, which sometimes made my day. Although I’m still social-distancing, I now try to say a few words of something nice and kind to strangers passing by me when I walk with my dog.
Every morning I take time to acknowledge the beauty of Nature. Every morning provides me its own beauty and a fresh start even when it is below 32oF or a gloomy rainy day. Then, I write down three things I’m grateful for at that moment. With this mindset, I’m kinder and more optimistic, and ‘Thank you’ comes through my heart easily.
Laugh (freely and more often)
I’d feed my dog and take a walk as I do every morning. Then I do gardening once more. Since one day is too short to clean and organize anything physical, I’d grab a cup of coffee and reflect on my life while sitting on the porch and looking at the garden.
This question turned out to be a difficult one to answer for me. Not because I don’t have good memories in the past, but because many of my fond memories are not relevant to my current life, I don’t remember I was sustained by my memories in recent years. Maybe I’m still making memories for future use.
I’m reflecting on today’s question after feeding a dog and making a cup of coffee. Although I don’t deny that the pandemic caused me stress and anxiety, I’m still on Earth enjoying the smell of coffee and thinking about how to spend the gift of this day. I’m grateful for the life I got and this moment when I’m fully alive and attentive.
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