January: Attitude of Gratitude
Oh, January. We have turned over the leaf of the calendar pages, started adding a new number to the year, and thought about where we’ve been and gone. We look ahead, we look behind, and we look at now.
This January I hired a new coach for my running. I also incurred an injury which scrapped all my immediate aspirations for running. I felt the let-down of blogger’s block and continue to wade through it on my own time. We made plans for February holidays and then had to scrap them for a later date. January is a month of transitions, even though it all feels the same. It is refreshing and rejuvenating, but it is still Winter. It is cold and moves slowly and is still dark a lot of time.
Most days I write down five things I am grateful for, big or small, subtle or apparent. I archive and post the list monthly. This is January 2013.
sleeping in – no obligations – getting the hardest run of the year over with – the health food store being open when the grocery store was not – everyone did something they liked.
another day at home — going slow — coffee and a puzzle — meeting with my Coach — skipping a workout because it wouldn’t do any good to suffer.
a quiet morning — support from my massage therapist — a massage — knowing that I can be flexible without having to do more — a good bike ride.
a clean kitchen — my red warm gloves — knowing my weekend will be easier than expected — lunch with my Pickle — only 8 hours in a workday.
nothing scheduled — a run without time — girls movie matinee — a parking meter with lots of paid time — knowing that in a room full of people I would still pick my spouse as the person I’d most want to meet.
progress in my run — yoga class — time — new pink compression socks — chocolate cake.
not being too late for work — a relaxed day at work — easily finding a birthday present — remembering the birthday was coming up — feeling grateful for what IS.
a fairly easy morning – an umbrella for the pouring, pouring rain – a phone call from my mom – realizing that we cannot change an experience for another person, we can only change ourselves – realizing that just because an opportunity is present does not mean someone will learn the lesson.
some sunlight, so it doesn’t look like 10pm all day long — getting to the post office ahead of the 20 min line-up — getting up easily for an early workout — feeling good after the workout — not feeling so stressed and panicked and late after a busy morning.
finally getting to Thursday, after thinking all day yesterday it already was – getting more done this morning than expected – a good evening with my running group last night, even though all I did was stand on my lame leg and cheer – a doctor’s appt that lets me leave work early – funny texts and my funny reaction to caffeine.
a good morning workout — texting with a friend for perspective — gift certificates for me! — a massage and tape job on my Achilles and heel — sunshine on a cold Friday. But Friday nonetheless!
getting out for a slow run – more sun — chocolate made with rice milk – buying clothes on sale – staying up to watch a movie.
watching friends run the fastest 8 km race of their lives – realizing I am a good spectator with a cowbell – yoga – getting groceries right after yoga and saving time – making 2 dinners to prep for the week ahead.
getting into the pool for a swim after almost talking myself out of it — not caring — muffins — my attempts at staying focused — an unplanned evening.
the coordination of time in my favour – more muffins at 6:30am — physiotherapy – my running coach and his sound advice – a new headlamp for running in the dark.
my good effort at last night’s workout – sleeping in – my chiropractor – multi-tasking with 5 loads of laundry – other people’s patience with me.
a day off — flexibility for my schedule — leftovers for lunch — green lights in traffic — cooperation.
kinesio tape for my Achilles — lovely sourdough gluten-free bread — aking the kid to the chiropractor and the doctor helping — feeling tired but stronger after my workouts — that I don’t have a dog to take care of on top of everything else that’s going on.
my husband reminding me that I can do whatever I want, even if I want to do nothing — a run and strength workout — Netflix — being early for soccer and not having to rush so much — making dinner that both kids ate and enjoyed.
someone to tell me to take the day off – some sunshine after a pea soup foggy morning – easy errands – getting to an easy place – that yoga class again.
being in the pool and not drowning — prepping the night before to make the morning easier — still drinking coffee (even if it is just decaf) — my week’s training plan: scheduled naps! — creativity — it’s in here somewhere.
two totally random strangers for saying good morning — my 12 min wake-up exercises that actually do make me stand taller — kind emails and breathing techniques — a good night’s sleep: simple as that — perspectives, and how we can change our minds.
committing to myself — changing a habit, even once — cooperative and easy kids — less traffic — choices in partnerships.
the kid from the third story window waving hello — getting it all done with cooperation and ease — waking up from a bad dream and realizing you are safe in bed — feeling energized — my training program.
zing — I have some kind of strange, peppy energy. (Maybe from the scheduled nap I took yesterday afternoon) — Friday, Friday, Friday — kids being cooperative again — the happy, surprised smiles when I gave the kids hot chocolate for breakfast — that being myself really is the surest way to be.
realizing it’s Saturday instead of Sunday. – an afternoon nap – bloggers on Facebook – baking a practice cake — running, and feeling better.
sleeping in and good coffee – eating better – easy run day – being centered and grounded at yoga – time alone in the hot tub.
Tazo chai tea (I may as well skip the tea and just drink sugar) — getting up — another swim work out — the brilliance of those (bloggers) around me — those who stick by even when it’s going downhill.
waking up too early, but getting back to sleep – chocolate for breakfast – helpful, competent kids – that the afternoon went by faster than the morning – my Achilles tendinitis / Plantar Fasciitis feeling better.
a day at home — a day at home — a day at home — a day at home — a day at home.
a good chat with a good friend — flexibility at work — hugs from my kids — realizing that change can be as easy as saying “stop” when things don’t feel right — chai tea to keep me going.