In no particular order…
The good coffee - Grande Flat White, 2 pumps toffee nut, ceramic cup, please.
That moment right in the middle of the two.
A walk with a friend who loves me.
A long phone call with my cousin who loves me.
A solo shopping trip.
A solo coffee date.
My van, to the car wash.
An hour-long yoga class (with cats and a snoring, elderly dog), my first in years.
A very long bath, with Parks and Rec on my phone, the lights out, and continuously running and extremely hot water at a stream which exactly matched the water that was escaping down that thing that keeps the tub from overflowing. What a nice idea; I just wish they’d engineered a way to opt out. You know what I mean?
A step back.
Myself, to therapy.
The advice of friends who know me well and care about me.
Several breaks from political podcasts and the news in general.
A workshop offered by a local spiritual director.
Almost a dozen Aleve, when I had a headache for days.
The time to read a fiction hardback.
A break from regular chores with the kids.
A hard look at myself, my motivation, my goals for this space, and all the people gathered here.
The help I’ve been offered.
All the herbs and vitamins and hippie remedies that really do help me sleep, and think, and feel like a human being.
Breaks from my phone.
A deep dive into Twitter, where I have found the most lovely people who are saying the most lovely things.
September has been like a flash. I can’t believe it’s almost over and I have no idea where it went. I am starting to realize that life just goes on, doesn’t it? All those years I spent waiting for the next year to come so things could finally settle down make me laugh now. I don’t think life ever really settles down, not for very long anyway. The only thing that’s ever made any difference for me has been paying attention to every good little bit I can see and working at letting go of the rest. Counting the gifts like Ann is the only way I know to quiet my heart that craves more and better, all the time. This September has mostly been moving my feet, one step at a time, on the track I think I’m supposed to be on. Grace has met me on my way like it always has, and grace has made up the difference every time.
How has your September been? Is it getting cooler where you are? Have you seen a leaf change colors yet? I’d love to know, really I would. It might give me some hope that fall will ever come to Tennessee.
One last thing - I have been absolutely blown away by the response I received from the Bring the Light fundraiser. I am so close to my goal and being able to jump into podcasting land. I appreciate all the love more than you could know! If you haven’t ordered yet, there are a few more days left before this campaign ends and you can click the link below the shirts for all the details.
Thanks so much for being here. I hope you feel a breeze today, if not in the air then deep down in your soul. Make some good soup, listen to some good music, go outside, call somebody you miss. Take what you need, ok?