This season is a juxtaposition for me. The days are growing short, the evenings long and cold and many times I feel the calling to slow down. In the midst of this is the wildness of holidays. Friends, warmth, rich foods and festive gatherings pop up around each corner. The ability to enjoy the moments before me while planning the details so as not to forget anything is a familiar walk on the tightrope. I thrive in this time.
I recently moved to Eastern Washington to help a dear friend with his cafe. While learning the complicated timing of a perfectly frothed cappuccino, i was forced to slow down. I had the blessings of living in a tiny town where I had a great deal of time on my own. Alone time can mean fostering creativity or battling demons. I did a little of both.
November for many people is a time of counting blessings. I decided to write up one thing i am thankful for each day until I returned home to Portland.
I look now at my list and am in wonder of my own strength and delight in the details. November has been a very good time.
1- grateful that i was taught to speak my mind fearlessly, even when i know it might hurt
2-a borrowed bicycle and a beautiful ride to the lake
3-wonderful co-workers who make me laugh
4-my dear dear friend Nina, on her birthday
5-snow, hot chocolate and bad hallmark xmas movies on my day off, pay day, tips and the local library having the book i want to read!
6- wonderful 60 minute massage for $50 and a block from my house!
7- my mother’s ring was found!
8- waking up with a smile on my face
9- knitting projects building up
12-soft red wool
13-sleep in a warm bed, on a cold night
14-unexpected joy of a great live band
15-the smell of snow in the air
16-warm oatmeal, a good movie and snow falling
17-watching things grow, even in the darkest coldest months
18-waking up early enough to see spectacular sunrises
19-cold days with sunshine
22- road trips to different countries
23- too many options
24- sunrises over the mountains and water
25-a stunningly beautiful detour home
26-anticipation of good things to come
28-warm furry critters curled up
29-wonderful family, friends and a sated belly
30- my beautiful friend Nicole on her birthday, of whom i am always grateful.
more thing to be grateful.