Today has not started off very well.
All manner of things have gone other than my ideal plan, right up to and including the part where I just moments ago spilled coffee on myself and my desk. So now I need a clean shirt already and it’s not even lunchtime yet. But on the bright side, I didn’t spill that much of the coffee, so my intake for the day will not be threatened. And I probably would’ve needed a new shirt by lunchtime anyway, so…silver linings, you know?
But seriously, while my day (OK week…month…year) hasn’t necessarily started the way I hoped or planned, there is always opportunity for a fresh start. Some people wait for the new year; I say why not take any opportunity that arises and make it a chance to start over? Pick a month or a week to begin a new project or adopt healthier eating habits or re-commit to daily exercise or reading. Tomorrow is always a new day, a chance to start over. Or hey, if you need to adjust right now, there are 24 hours in a day – make the next time you hear the clock strike the hour the time you choose to start anew.
The beauty of life is its cycles, the certainty that the sun will rise, spring will come, and life will begin again. And with each opportunity to make a fresh start, we also have the opportunity to be thankful for the blessings we have. And that is precisely what I’m doing right now – taking a do-over on this morning and using this first Monday of April to march my life forward.
I am thankful that I finally finished the library book I have been ploooooddding my way through for the last few weeks – Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. It was excruciating. I’m going to say my feelings are a distinct love/hate with this book, but that’s a discussion for another day, perhaps another post. Anyway, I’m glad to have marked it “read” on my Goodreads profile and I’m certain the librarian (and the person after me who has the book on hold) will be thankful that I’ve finally returned it.
And on that note, I’m thankful that I won a little prize package from the library a few weeks ago that included a code for some fine forgiveness. I’m going to need it.
I can’t say I’m happy to have a large pharmacy bill looming today, but I’m thankful that the vet can prescribe meds for our Cat One to keep him active and healthy. And Cat One is thankful that it tastes like chicken. No, really. That’s why it costs a fortune – we have to get it compounded and flavored like chicken so he’ll take the stupid stuff. High maintenance cat. Let’s just say he’s lucky he’s cute.
I am thankful that the weather is starting to behave more like spring than winter. After several days of rain last week and several in the forecast for this week, I think it’s safe to say that our spring weather will be of the “April showers” variety, but at least it’s rain and not snow. And it’s warmer, not rain and upper 30-degree temps. Warm-ish spring rain? I’m in. But I’ll take the bits of sunshine in between, too. Warmer weather and longer hours of daylight mean we can take our evening walks again and get to see beautiful skies holding on to the last echoes of daylight. Dusk is my favorite time of day and no wonder.
I am so VERY thankful for the schedule change in our house that started last week. Zilla passed her test for her brown belt a little while ago and last week she moved to her new class time. It’s significantly later and lines up with the time she already take swimming on a different day, so our schedule has fallen into place nicely and will work so much better for all of us. Dinner will be quite a bit earlier than we’ve been used to, but that’s going to be better for all of us for so many reasons. Bedtime will be a challenge for our future black belt with the later karate class time, but so far she’s doing a great job of adjusting and getting to bed on time. Not that the process is without its bumps and oddities…but I can’t even get into that here and now. Another day, another post perhaps.
I am thankful every day for my Husband. I meant to include something in particular a week or two ago and it just somehow did not make it to the post page. A couple of weekends ago, Zilla fell asleep in our bed while watching TV with me. The Hub came up much later after doing some school work or movie-watching or both, saw her sleeping peacefully and didn’t want to roust her to move her to her own bedroom. So he slept in the living room for most of the night until I discovered him there in the wee hours of the almost-morning. That’s the kind of thing he does, though, without giving it a second thought. When I say he’s the nicest guy on the planet and the best dad ever, I’m not kidding. And I am always thankful that he is the calm to my chaos in all things.
I’m thankful for learning. Right now I am taking an online course through my public library and it is awesome. Even better? It’s completely free as a benefit of my library card holder privileges. I know, right? I am also working on two other online-ish courses that I started and re-started in the last week or two. So yes, all of a sudden I am engaged in three different learning scenarios. At the same time. No, I didn’t really think that through clearly. But I’m OK – it’s all working out fine so far and I’m really enjoying it. Plus, it is all going to help me move forward with some professional and personal goals, so it’s perfect. Oh and we may as well throw in one more…I committed to Camp NaNoWriMo this month, so I’ll be working on some writing projects for the next month at what I hope will be an intense pace. Needless to say, I’m going to be a little busy. I hope to have lots to report by the end of the month.
I am thankful that even in those times when the budget is tight, we have enough. And here’s a great bright side – those lean budget weeks are a great opportunity to clean out the tiny remainders of food that gets forgotten. Things like the half-cup of black rice you forgot about after a recipe or the jar of artichoke pesto someone gave you in a gift basket or the half package of red beet ravioli in the freezer. It’s an opportunity to discover new budget-friendly meals. It’s also a great time to actually clean the refrigerator (not everyone does that). Seriously, though, I am painfully aware that even our tight times are far more abundant than some people live on every day.
I am thankful for opportunity. And I am thankful for hints and signs that the things we are doing individually and as a family to move our lives forward are exactly right and that this is exactly the right time.
I am thankful that the coffee pot is still hot because I’m going to need another cup to get through my list today. Fresh cup. Fresh hour in six minutes. Fresh start.
Let’s do this.