Each day I try to focus on one thing that helps me practice Kindness. My life is full of things that clutter my thoughts for no good reason, they just exist to form a barrier between me and happiness. If I focus on one thing that is pleasant and makes me happy, then I chip away at those obstacles.
Today, I’m just happy to be here typing this blog post. It’s a warm late spring morning. I’m sitting on the patio watching the Hal, Jax, and Willow, our three cats, as they chase the sunlight reflecting off my watch face while I type. The only thing that disturbs perfect silence is the sound of birds chirping, and the noise of occasional traffic.
I am so lucky. Whatever else has happened to me through the years has led me to this place. No one goes through life without pain and disappointment, it is how we learn to deal with those things that define us. I’ve often told Hal (person), my partner of more than 22 years that I believe I would be dead if we hadn’t met. I honestly believe that he saved my life when I was in a bad place.
Hal (person) taught me to love again, and more importantly, to accept love. Most people are capable of giving love, but it takes trust to accept it from another person, especially as we grow older. I was 36 years old when I met Hal. I had basically given up on ever finding anyone until he came into my life.
Without those things happening in my life, I wouldn’t be sitting here on a warm spring morning watching the Hal, Jax, and Willow, our three cats, as they chase the sunlight reflecting off my watch face while I type. The only thing that disturbs perfect silence is the sound of birds chirping, and the noise of occasional traffic. And I wouldn’t have discovered Kindness. And I wouldn’t be sharing what I learned through this blog.
I’ve defined my life at this moment, and the emotional clutter has disappeared from my mind. Just a few minutes of focus on something simple really helps to achieve Kindness and Happiness.
5 things I’m grateful for today:
- Sunshine reflecting off my watch face.
- Cats chasing that reflection.
- Being open and honest about my life.
- The promise of a great day ahead.
- The remembrance of things past to give me perspective.