The last couple of months have been one thing after another, between sickness, injury, a wedding, birthdays, company, work and just every day life. The last couple of weeks have been particularly intense as my dog, Riley, struggles with his health. It was touch and go there for awhile, and a couple of times I was sure he wouldn't be coming home with me when I took him to the vet. It's been a roller coaster ride, and I have to tell you, I am spent. There are moments when I am not sure which way is up and which is down. Right now I am cautiously optimistic. Riley is beginning to show signs of getting better, and hopefully it will take. I just wish I could take away his pain when that darn spinal arthritis gives him so much trouble.
At times like this, I am reminded of how precious life is. And how important it is to embrace what joy--and peace--we can find.
These are just a handful of moments I enjoyed most recently:
Sitting watching television with Riley on my lap and my cat Anya on my chest. Sure, the laundry needed to be moved from the washer to the dryer, but who cared? In that moment, we were all at peace.
Playing spaceship with my daughter: "Blast off!" "Do you want some berries, Mommy?" "I want some too!" Not worrying about work or the dishes or anything else that needed to be done.
Lying in bed reading, uninterrupted for a half hour.
My husband letting me sneak off to take a nap and being joined by my purring cat, Parker.
My coworker telling me not to rush and to spend a little extra time at lunch, knowing I was going to go home and check on Riley, even though we were busy. (I didn't take that extra time, but it's nice to know I could have.)
The young man at the grocery store who volunteered, unasked, to take my shopping cart after I'd unloaded the groceries into my car, buckled Mouse in her seat, and realized the cart rack was too far to go without having to take Mouse out of her carseat (which she'd fought me tooth and nail getting into). *Normally, I don't put Mouse in the car until after I've put the cart in the cart rack, but I was off my game that day.
What about you? What moments of peace in your daily life stand out for you most recently?