Feeling Grateful

I am two weeks out from a short hospital stay. (A PE – right lung blood clots).  My emotions have cleared a bit and I am physically not so exhausted. My thinking has begun to turn towards other things and not so focused on my health, breathing and moving. So I have a list of things I am grateful for:

  • this was not Covid – glad family and friends did not have to worry and watch
  • the air is cool today and has allowed me to take a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood. A big step up from my 8 minute walk last week.
  • family and friends who have stepped in to see what they can do – a neighbor has mowed the yard twice, my kids have made food and delivered, friends have call or video chatted – checking in
  • the doctor does not think/ is not able to find an underlying condition so I am on the road to healing
  • my flowers and veggies are growing well even through the weeds are on a race to see if they can grow bigger than the tomato plants
  • my grandson continues to visit and is excited to be here with us a few times each week.
  • the election is nearing and I am hopeful we will see our way out of this confusion and mess we are currently in
  • our state has now made masks mandatory when out in public – inside buildings and in place you can not social distance

I could go on, like just sitting here writing and listening to the birds is a wonder.

I just know it is important each day to look for the things that make you happy and feel grateful. There is plenty to complain about for sure – we know what those things are so let’s take time to find the moments that make us smile, breath a bit easier and help us enjoy this world around us.

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!
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4 Responses to Feeling Grateful

  1. hezgee says:

    whew! Thank you so much for your list and your lovely and vibrant photos! I don’t know you, but your piece allowed me to connect, and I truly wish you well.

  2. Ramona says:

    Love your pics and happy to know that you’re feeling better. Looking for the wonder is a gift. My neighbor just sent me a pic of her pumpkins (which she planted for my grand kids to enjoy) and they have those curly green ribbons too!

  3. Mari Miyagi says:

    I loved your slice, Joanne, and I’m glad you’re feeling better. Thank you for reminding us to “look for the things that make you happy and feel grateful”. I think I will make a list of them today. 🙂

  4. So many things to celebrate and cherish in the midst of concerns. I think those things will sustain us: a tiny white pumpkin, a deep purple flower on a vine, the unfailing kindness of others. I wish you continued healing and all the joys of summer that remain.

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