Welcome to the Go Dog Go Cafe! it’s a whole New Year to write in journals, to record in timelines and fill a calendar of wishes. I hope you have your favourite drink in hand and come sit with me as I chat with you about my thoughts this January day.
What am I thankful for?
I am out with lanterns looking for myself – Emily Dickinson
I seem to be always searching and never see the light I have in me, it took a very late Christmas card that arrived in January to make me sit up and take stock of my own inner strength.
For many January is time for a new start and for many new beginnings. For me it is a time of reflection. January is named after Janus a Greek God, with two faces looking forwards and backwards, it is also Latin for door or opening. I am nostalgic, especially on grey, gloomy days and today is one of those days, and many things will trigger old memories and I will ponder over them and appreciate how blessed I am.
Yes, I am thankful for so many things in my life, I feel I am truly blessed as that there is really nothing I need that I don’t already have. I have all the material comforts and then some more and that I can share what I have with those who may need it bring me and my children a lot of joy. We seem to be always having someone over who needs a place to stay or a dog that needs a halfway home and we open our arms and welcome them for a brief respite from a cruel world.
I am most thankful for the friends and family I have. I don’t have many of either, but they mean the world to me. My friends in my physical world and my virtual space both have given me the strength only true friendship can. Friends who know me and love me for who I am, with whom I do not have to put on an act to be someone I am not. I am done with pretending, my sorrow and sadness is who I am and I am struggling to find the light. Thank you for reaching out to me because you will never know when your friendly wave will take me out of my deepest darkest day.
And because I am loved, I am thankful that I have the capacity to love back; even when I am hurting I cannot deny someone who needs a loving embrace or a kind word. Kindness means everything to me, as I do not understand meanness.
I am thankful for small ordinary joys, tender moments in a crazy day, and thoughtful gestures at unexpected times.
Think about the things that you are thankful for, there will be many so please treasure them all, and tuck them away in a place called nostalgia. And when life seems to too heavy, take one of them out and remember the good times, forget the bad ones, the sweet ones tucked neatly in that special place between remembering and almost forgotten.
“Then I said good night and tucked you away inside a place called Nostalgia where you’ll remain unspoiled, somewhere between my lungs that used to breathe ocean air and my belly fluttered with hope.” – Victoria Erichman –
A very blessed 2018 to all who read this.
Hope & Love