After the week I’ve had, I am in need of a gratitude post. I am normally pretty good at staying optimistic about things. For a long time I have held a firm belief that everything is always okay in the end. Always. And if things are not okay, then it is not the end. This belief usually keeps me going. It is helping now, but on this freezing cold morning – coldest we’ve had all winter, I think – I may need a little bit of help. It’s so bloody cold out there even Shiva is grateful to be inside. Despite her appearance, she doesn’t chill easily.
I am also grateful for Shiva, who, for the second week in a row, did not get the zoomies in agility class on Saturday. She didn’t run away even once, even when I knew she probably wanted do. She decided to stay with me every single time we went up in front of the class. Shiva is my star and I have never been prouder. We’ll get the hang of this thing yet!
I am grateful for childhood friends who write funny wall posts on Facebook, reminding me of the crazy times. I am grateful for best friends, the kind of people who would help me move a body. (Brené Brown’s description is so apt.) I am also grateful for former friends, the people I forgot I had in my corner who have proved so valuable. I am grateful for unexpected friends, the kind of people who surprise me with their kindness, especially when others have let me down. And I am grateful for family members who are also friends as I realise not everyone is as lucky.
I am grateful for sunshine, at least it looks cheerful outside. In Nova Scotia, a sunny day is a very special day. One never knows when it will happen again.
Today, I am grateful for Dorie Greenspan and her fantastic cookbook. I have never once had a recipe of hers fail. Thank you, Dorie, for making me and last night’s tiramisu cake a big hit.
I am grateful for socks without holes, hot cups of tea, dogs who play on frozen lakes, and Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 11.
I am grateful for a mind-blowing Blog the Change event. It is just awesome how many people joined in and spoke up for animals. No matter how dark and lonely the world can be, there is also so much good. I am grateful to everyone who reminded me I need to move beyond talking. Thanks for inspiring me to apply as a volunteer for the NS SPCA. No more excuses. Because if I don’t do it, how can I expect anyone else?
Lastly, I am grateful for locally produced, ethically made, delicious cheese from Fox Hill Cheese House. I wouldn’t be able to get my daily fix without them.