Our first, and hopefully our last (!) COVID Christmas is around the corner.
Behind me lie two years (almost to the day) of chaos, heartbreak and lies, punctuated by moments that were delightful at the time, but are now salt in my wounds. The wounds will heal, scars will remain, joy will return to my life.
AND, there is so much to be grateful for today in this time of reflection. I am thankful for all the blessings in my life.
Here are seven things I am particularly grateful for today:
- I’m grateful for the early Christmas present of a hat/coat rack from my friend Craig. I’ve been looking for one for ages, and lo and behold there one was in Craig’s garage. He gifted it to me, and now my pashminas have been liberated from a container under the bed to hang in all their glory in a corner (see pics above and to the right).
- I’m grateful to friends and acquaintances worldwide who continue to love and support me when my life is challenging. You are my heart. I would not be here without you.
- I’m grateful for my ability to string words and sentences together in a way the helps me heal, learn and grow, and also benefits others around me and around the world.
- I’m grateful for loss and pain, without which there would be no learning and growth.
- I’m grateful for my mother’s wind chimes, which now hang in the weeping mulberry bush that grows out of my front deck. The chimes make the sweetest sounds all year round, and remind me always of my mom.
- I’m grateful for the members of my Eastern Townships writers’ group, in which I hadn’t been able to participate in since spring 2018. But, because of COVID, the meetings went online this fall and I was able to join in. My writing colleagues are SO talented; it’s a real privilege to be in the group and get their incredibly valuable comments and feedback. I’ve started on a book based on recent experiences. Stay tuned.
- I’m grateful to be clearing the negative energy from my home, my heart and my head, and I’m looking forward to continuing my healing process in the hours, days, weeks, months and years to come.
- Most of all, I’m grateful to you (and for you), wherever you are. (Oops — that’s eight!)
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