Even in all this COVID Christmas mess, there are moments of joy to be found. Especially in giving and receiving. Here are eleven things I am grateful for today:
- I’m grateful to whoever left a bag of goodies on my front deck this morning (see pic above) with a note in the bag saying I’d been “Decked and jingled,” and another note with instructions on how I should keep this gift multiplying. I’ll probably have more on that later.
- I’m grateful for friends, and friends of friends, who came to my home tonight to sing Christmas carols on my front deck, and for giving me advance notice so I could invite neighbours to come along and enjoy the show. Here are carollers singing (incognito!) and spreading joy and happiness.
- I’m grateful to the neighbours who joined us, especially the parents and children, to celebrate the season and participate in the singing.
- I’m grateful in particular that my new neighbours were able to enjoy the carolling with us. They sent me a quick text immediately afterward to say this was their first-ever carolling experience – may they have many more!
- I’m grateful for my therapist, who recently learned eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as a way of treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The EMDR therapy is proving highly effective and efficient in reducing the complex PTSD (CPTSD) symptoms I’ve been experiencing as a result of emotional abuse. I would recommend investigating EMDR if you have PTSD.
- I’m grateful I was able to give away some of my mom’s treasured Christmas tree decorations to people who will appreciate them.
- I’m grateful for candles and that I had a variety of them, as well as containers to put them in, to create a festive atmosphere for the carollers and their appreciative audience.
- I’m grateful the rain stopped when the carollers got here.
- I’m grateful for grand conjunction, which occurred today, and for the mystery of the stars and astrology.
- I’m grateful for the good night’s sleep I had last night and for the amazing bed I have to sleep in.
- I’m grateful I live so close to the OVRT and that it’s so pleasant to walk there. It’s a blessing to be in nature, to see others out walking, to stop and chat from time to time, and to make connections with others in my community.
© 2020 Susan Macaulay. I invite you to share my posts widely, but please do not reprint, reblog or copy and paste them in their entirety without my permission. Thank you.