Some Mondays my “pause” is longer than others.  So much humdrum in my life.  What’s the point in […]

I’m mellowing into our new political climate.  Perhaps mellowing is too sedentary a word.  This weekend I began to see some plus sides.  I’m not one to use the phrase, “all things happen for a reason,” or even “it must be God’s plan.”  However, I can see that people can be energized toward good when they see the unsavory side of human nature, and we can do God’s will in the wake of tragedy.  I love our new environment stimulates so many people to demonstrate, boycott, listen, discuss, get involved in local government, etc.[tweetthis] Each of us, no matter how small, can make a difference. [/tweetthis]Most of my sadness has abated and I can see sunshine in my days. I’m sure it helps that I literally see more sunshine and the days are getting longer, as well as warmer.

Here’s a few more things, in no particular order, that I am grateful for this Monday morning:

My week oscillated between sad and glad.  As I watch the unfolding of the political climate around me, I feel sad because the energy is not giving way to productivity.  Instead, tweets mire me in insults and nastiness.  Sad!  Still, I am buoyed by thoughtful people reminding us that kindness, openness, and thoughtful discussion are our best weapons. I went to the movies because, well, because I was still Sad!  Next I remembered that soon I will have a whole week with CeCe’s kids while she goes on a cruise with her hubby.  Glad!

This weekend, I reminded myself that I have so many things for which to give thanks:

Some shameless self-promotion while I hobnob with award-winner, Tiffany.

This weekend, Loved-One and I trekked to mid-Michigan to attend our niece’s bridal shower.  Such a long trip mainly because we ran into lake-effect snow.  Somewhere along the way, another niece called requesting a ride along from Lansing.  Well, yeah!

[tweetthis]We arrived safely, just a little late, and happy to have the fresh conversations that only college students provide.[/tweetthis]

I took all our leftover Christmas candy to share, ready to turnover a new, healthier leaf, upon return.  Just to be sure I could boast a dramatic shift, I indulged in Wendy’s 4 for $4 both coming and going.

That egg white veggie omelet tasted so health, and so delicious, this morning.  Especially after swimming for a half hour!

Loved-One drove the whole way, maybe because I kept announcing what signs I’m unable to read with my right eye shut.
Anyways, on the plus side, all that time in the car, and a ball of yarn, netted a new hat before we arrived at our destination.

Here are a few things, in no particular order, for which I give thanks:

[icon name=”snowflake-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Stuff You Should Know podcast and a battery operated Bluetooth speaker.  I learned all about jellyfish and combed jellies.  They are now my second most fascinating animal, right next to octopuses.

The first Monday

English: Bust of the god Janus, Vatican museum, .
English: Bust of the god Janus, Vatican museum, . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[tweetthis] of a new year is a great time to take a look back at the last year, pause, and look froward to what the New Year brings.[/tweetthis].  It’s been a rollercoaster back-end of 2016, with the Cubs World Series win almost obliterated by a political season that left be bewildered and bothered.

I’m blessed to be in a family where discourse is the common course, and disagreement opens minds, instead of fostering hate.

I had a great time watching the Cubs win, and sharing the victory with Mom, while hanging on the phone with Loved-One.  Technology can be so wonderful.  Yes, phones and TVs are old technology.  Still, I can remember when a long-distance call was for serious matters, and we listened to ball games on the radio (My science class gave up studying to listen to the Tigers, back in 7th grade.) Plus, I met a new Cleveland friend through a friendly wager.  Can’t wait to claim my tour of Cleveland winnings from Jena.)

A Ship of Pearl and The Fable of Little Tzurie are published and getting great reviews, and at the same time, helping the hungry and the homeless.

I made new friends through my Clown Car Geniuses, IWOC, and CWC.  All who help me grow, keep me grounded, and fill me with optimism.  I hope I do the same for them.

A new part-time job fell in my lap by just asking if I could help.  It may be temporary, and it may be more.  Time will tell.  In the meantime, I like this comment, “You bring a peacefulness to the office.

I have an incredibly healthy, intelligent, and for the most part, happy family.  I feel like their love provides a marvelous safety net and allows me to risk, to fail, and to try new things, because no matter what, I have people who will be there to pick me up, dust me off, and get me going again.

So now what?