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Finding the Good

on March 19, 2020

Happy First Day of Spring! If we look at what is happening in the world right now it doesn’t necessarily feel like we should be celebrating spring. But, the beauty of nature is that it shows us there is a cycle at work always and after the darkest winters comes the most beautiful springs.

When I was twenty, I began attending 12-Step groups. My life had crashed to a standstill and I was being asked to look at how I did life. One of the early things I heard in those meetings was find the good. At the end of the day, name three things you are grateful for. That life crash at twenty was not the only one I’ve experienced. I recently went through a soul searching period in my career where everything came to a screeching standstill, including my finances, and I had to return to the basics of what I learned in those early 12-Step days. Lessons I carry with me thirty years later.

So I challenge you, find the good each day. At the end of the day, or at the beginning, list three things you are grateful for in this day. And one day at a time we do get through our dark moments.

Here are mine:

  1. I am finally getting to read those books in my To Be Read Pile!
  2. My Mom and sister and I started a Google Hangouts Book group in January, not realizing how important that would be now!
  3. It’s spring–and the puffins are returning to Haystack Rock! The daffodils are blooming and the magnolia trees in Portland are amazing!
  4. On my walk with Stormy on Wednesday afternoon, I saw many many families on bikes–dads, moms and kids. I saw Moms walking with their middle school daughters and one friend each. Finally! Family time!
  5. In February, I got an online high school teaching job, removing me from the substitute pool, giving me full medical benefits and a salary and thrusting me into the forefront of education right now. Our school is in session and enrollment is bulging. How I landed this job at this time will always be a moment of grace to me.
  6. I have more food in the house than I have had in years and years. I didn’t hoard anything but for the first time, I did full grocery shopping for ten days and everything is stocked. It feels very prosperous to have a full refrigerator and something I need to look at why I never allowed myself to do this before.
  7. I am so grateful to have my cottage at the beach which over the last three years became my home and community as I went through my own personal transitions in life. Those connections are priceless and the dog has his beach pals and I have my walking companions. This was the gift to come from my last period of personal crisis
  8. I live in a fabulous area–although we complain in the winter with our rain and wind, the reality is it’s an amazing area for nature and there are so many ways to social distance and yet still be outside.
  9. I have more creative projects than I know what to do with and maybe some of them might get done now.
  10. It’s nice to have the moments of stillness and not have to make excuses for why I don’t want to do something or feel guilty that I want quiet time.
  11. And finally……having gone through my own personal crisis, I know that although it can feel like everything is over in the middle of that crisis, the reality is each crisis I have gone through has birthed a new chapter of my life and they are always better fitted to who I am in that moment than the one that just ended.

So I challenge you, each day find the good!

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