Today I’m going to share my gratitude list. Yes, next week is Thanksgiving, but don’t be fooled, this post is only inadvertently timely. I am struggling. I can see that I’m not functioning as well as I usually do.
In an attempt to stay focused on a healthy routine, I headed for the lap pool yesterday. When I got in the shower at the gym, I discovered my swimsuit was on backward. I KNOW. I’m not sure how you can put a swimsuit on backward either, but I did it! How distracted am I? Leaving, I forgot to change out of my pool shoes, and then I almost hit a pole in the parking lot.
What has me feeling so discombobulated? A perfect storm of L-I-F-E. We all have them. Mine happens to be accompanied by the worst dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) I’ve ever had. I’d say at least 3/4 of my body is covered in the unbearably itchy rash. It is wearing me out and driving me to distraction at a time when I feel like I need to be on top of my game.
I’m usually full of solutions, but right now I simply don’t know what to do. I feel vulnerable and alone. The best defense I have against becoming overwhelmed is to focus on something for which I’m grateful.
So…I am grateful…
That my mom was released from the hospital yesterday
That I took my truck in before the universal joint totally fell apart and left me stranded
That there is chili in the fridge so that I don’t have to cook dinner
For sea salt caramel gelato
That my plants haven’t died even though I’ve neglected them
That I have a back scratcher when I can’t stand to leave this rash alone
That my new walking shoes are finally feeling comfortable
For the smell of cinnamon rolls
For silver jewelry with filigree
For purple, and orange, and paisley
That it’s raining outside
For soft clothes
For funky eyeglasses
For crushed ice
For warm blankets
For the approaching holidays
Anyone else feel like this? Want to join me? What are you grateful for?