You know how when you’re traveling with kids on a plane your only goal, besides getting to your destination, is that your kid not be the worst-behaved child on the plane?
Not the loudest? Not the most screamy?
Well, today we failed.
We tried and we failed.
We had a great vacation, and now it’s over. On one hand, I’m really happy to be home and have my own space and privacy. But on the other, all our support is gone and now we have to go back to doing everything ourselves.
And oh my GLOB, Oregon is freaking cold.
In closing, a haiku:
Get me through this flight
Crying, screaming, thrashing, sigh
I am so tired
NaBloPoMo Day 28
We hiked five miles today, just the two of us.
This was where we met, where we worked together for several summers, where we fell in love, and where he proposed.
It was great to be back. I missed the beauty of this place.
NaBloPoMo Day 27
One of the best parts of family gatherings. I came in third this time (out of four) but still had a blast.
NaBloPoMo Day 26
I’m reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book Option B, and in it she talks about how recognizing your contributions to the world helps to build confidence and a sense of agency. She urges people to recognize this in addition to things we are grateful for. Yes, gratitude is important for cultivating happiness and joy, but she argues (and claims the research shows) that because gratitude is passive, it only goes so far. Meaning, gratitude practices acknowledge things you receive, while recognizing and celebrating one’s contributions to the world is more active – it’s something I’ve done to make the world a better place.
And so, I thought I’d give it a try. Here are a few contributions of which I am most proud.
- Everyday, I am raising my children to be kind, compassionate people. I try to show them with my words and also lead by example.
- I try to do small kind things for people around me, both friends and strangers.
- I blog. I put my feelings out there into the world, in hopes that maybe someone will read them and feel less alone.
- In my previous life (and I will again in my next life) I devoted my career to creating a safe space where clients could come to vent, heal, and be heard. I served as a crucial witness and container for suffering.
- I keep my household running pretty damn well.
- In spite of it all, I actually manage to take care of myself, too.
As another year comes to a close, I am also extremely thankful for the following:
- My health, my husband’s health, my kids’ health.
- We have enough. Of everything. Food, housing, transportation, money, clothes. In a world that is hell-bent on telling us we need more, more, more – and the flip side of that is that we never have enough – I want to remind myself that we DO, in fact, have enough.
- Choice. I am privileged, and I have choices in my life. Living under a presidential administration that is working to take choices of all kinds away from citizens makes me realize just how precious and important it is.
- Freedom of speech. We still have the right to say what we want and fight injustice in this world, and for that I am thankful and do not plan to take it for granted.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I hope your day is filled with contentment, joy, and stuffing.