Thankful Every Day

It was too windy to go for a walk so I put up the tree instead. Tomorrow we will decorate it. I felt it would bring extra cheer during these long pandemic days. Why not put the tree up early, it’s just us. It makes me smile and evokes happy memories, nothing wrong with that.

I’m feeling almost normal today, what a relief! I expect to get more done starting tomorrow. I will go for a Sunday walk and drink in nature. Maybe I’ll make pancakes for breakfast! It’s been ages since I had a pancake.

I will also put together my hula hoop and try it out, fun! I will also catch up on random things that I’ve not had the energy for. It will feel so good.

I finished listening to a book and began listening to another and I read another book too. Another sedate day. I’m so thankful I’m on the mend, I was getting fearful that I would revert back to the post-viral syndrome, that my month of feeling good (up until the stomach virus) was just a tease.

I don’t have anything much to write about. Nothing’s inspiring me. I’m feeling grateful and have shifted my focus to what’s happening right here and now instead of being future-focused. There are too many unknowns for that, so I am being flexible and making the best of each day, looking forward to little things like being able to go grocery shopping this week, or going for a walk and playing with my new hula hoop.

I will get back into productive daily habits and will set some approximate time frames for completion of projects, but I’m learning that things don’t always go according to plan and that’s okay. I mean it has to be, who can predict getting a debilitating stomach virus or long haul COVID. Life is often unpredictable yet somehow things work out anyway. These unpredictable happenings are teaching me to surrender, let go, and trust. I’m becoming calmer, stronger, and more resilient in the face of adversity. I’m learning to choose to prioritize myself and my well-being too. Adversity is helping me build more loving boundaries and practices. I’m learning a lot through my experiences.

Maybe I can help others too by sharing what’s helped me and I am gaining a deeper appreciation of and compassion for the human condition.

Hopefully the rest of this year I’ll get healthier and healthier so that I can work on ways to share and help others as I’ve been wanting to. I look for the lessons and try to find meaning or reasons things are the way they are and hope to learn what I need to so I can grow and serve a higher purpose, to live life fully.

I never had that hot cocoa yesterday, I think I’ll have some now and will admire the twinkly tree while savoring every last sip, so warm and cozy I’ll be. Every day I’m thankful for something. Every single day.

Michelle Miyagi
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