August: Attitude of Gratitude



Most days I write down up to five things I am grateful for, big or small, subtle or apparent. I archive and post the list monthly. This is August 2014.


 a planned mommy-daughter outing — that my foot will feel better — my well-timed physio appt next week — avocados — the realization that when we are separated from some thing and don’t really miss it, it’s not as sentimentally important as I had thought.

“you don’t know how good yoga is for you until you stop doing it” — the ice I had for my sore foot before my run — making it through my run intact and no worse off — seeing old friends — coffee in the sunshine.

 the quiet and sunshine and creek on our trail run — my daughter getting ready for her camping — my son’s enthusiasm for his garden — having dinner together — being in a crowd, but also being able to get away from it.

the drive to take my daughter to camp — her quiet confidence — ch00sing not to stop for a morning coffee, but coming home and making chocolate cake instead — taking a “do nothing” day — still getting loads of laundry done (with my husband’s help).

old friends coming back to work — only one kid to get ready in the morning — the serendipity of getting a B12 shot — my naturopath’s kindness and energy — remembering to return Library books and DVDs.

making the decision not to run — still being able to go to the gym — a workout that made me weak in my knees (in a good way) — fresh kale from the garden (this never gets old) — watch tennis with my son from the comforts of the couch.

 finally!  a physio appt — finally! some relief for my foot — going to the gym and feeling better after — being able to go to a great vegan restaurant for lunch — my husband finding a cheaper and realiable and decent plumber.

my last day of work before holidays — thinking about packing/planning/prep for holidays in small increments — icing my foot — sorting lights from darks — that there is still so much sunshine.

packing in advance — Cookies — good neighbours — time off from work — that the Cat is not really phased much by us leaving (although she knows!)

my mom — running with my hubby — the kids being entertained by in-laws — going to bed early — a good read (Indian Horse / Richard Wagamese).

in-laws — change of scenery — time (alone) with my hubby — a beautiful resort with 3 nights booked — doing nothing — no expectations or obligations.

coffee dates — going to the gym — fresh towels — another day! — reading a book that reminds me of how precious the present is (February / Lisa Moore).

bike rides — run dates — lazy mornings — not having to drive 4 hours to retrieve the kids — being prepared for another adventure.

having all our gear/camping stuff/food fit in the car — good directions — sunny weather — camping with more family — seeing cousins for the first time in 15 years.

camping coffee — extra blankets — lifejackets — kayaks — beer.

communal meals — camping chairs — clean showers — still being able to run — bats.

not losing anything when packing up — shorter than expected drives — time to myself — hot showers — running.

making the trip home in shorter stages — encouragement from my hubby to get another run in — the feeling after the run — that the hotel had a pool — that the hotel was across from a Starbucks.

changing plans with ease (bribing kids!) — not spending too much money at IKEA — being inspired to do more at home — the benefits of mid-week travel: catching the ferry when only waiting 15 min (instead of the usual 1.5 hours) — being home in daylight.

waking up at home — get up before anyone else — an emergency physio appt – that my physio made me feel better — running.

days off during the week — not doing more than we wanted to — zucchini — the cheap and friendly reno guy — getting the kids newspaper route done with ease.

trail running — that my foot was more cooperative than I expected — chai latte — napping — meals together.

managing to start and finish another longish run — the reminder that the mind can be weaker than the body — the perfectly placed water fountain on my run route — the kids being excited for soccer camp.

sunny weather — still summer days — the leftover bits from holiday that give you a bit of energy to get back to work.

free coffee — dark and spicy chocolate.

being able to stay home when my mind was elsewhere — finally getting to the gym — a good distraction a workout can provide — a good grounding a workout can provide — zucchini.

taking the day off from running — watching a marathon tennis game — being excited for someone else’s success — the kids appreciation of dinner together.

getting out for coffee — that it didn’t hurt my foot quite as much to walk — that my new barista comically unintentionally still gets my drink order wrong — new fiction to read (The signature of all things / Elizabeth Gilbert).

Saturday morning run — the beautiful views despite the fog — running with others — a restorative and quiet afternoon — no expectations.

a long Sunday run on a new route — that my foot was feeling so much better that I could actually mostly run — the simplicity of enjoying my run — the satiated feeling of exhaustion and completion and fulfillment — going out for brunch.


3 thoughts on “August: Attitude of Gratitude

      • If I had a September Attitude of Gratitude (but Grousing is more my thing; I do live in New York City) your response to my comment would be at the top of mine, today, Tania! And then followed with getting to The Grind ahead of The Boss, having no wait at my polling place, savoring my morning English Breakfast tea and opening my mailbox and seeing that my letter carrier did not smash my mail for a second day in a row (my regular delivery person must be on vacation).

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