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Cindy Maddera


Tuesday morning, I hit the snooze button on the alarm four times before finally giving in and shutting the whole thing off. I slept in until 6:30 and considered calling in sick or late or something because I was sleeping so well. But at 6:30, I figured I was awake and decided that I was actually ready to get up. And I ended up not even being late to work. I just hadn't realized how poorly I've been sleeping since the latest poison ivy outbreak. I even managed to get on my yoga mat that evening. In fact this has been a good week for my usual routine. I've been on my mat everyday. I've walked everyday. I've eaten well everyday. I've sat down for an evening meditation practice everyday. I have even felt almost whole everyday. Almost is good enough. I am a prideful person. I always feel like I may be giving up when I give in and ask for help, but I am learning. I am learning to swallow some of that pride. Sometimes that means accepting the fact that I need a pack of Prednisone every now and then. [Side note: my doctor had it in his notes that I was in at almost exactly the same time last year with the same poison ivy problem.] I am thankful for this. I am thankful for the rest and the routine.

Wednesday was an angry day. Everything about that day made me so dang angry. But it wasn't just me having a Hulk moment. Other friends confessed their rage to me thru out the day and at some point the level of irritation became something to laugh at. Our anger grew into something funny. We were no less irritated with the events of the day, but at least we were laughing about it. There's a relief in still being able to find the humor during those times when life just isn't all that great. I am extremely thankful for that.

I'm thankful for those few days (maybe just two) of clear weather so I could ride the scooter. I am thankful for busy work days. I am thankful for the leftover paint in my garage so I can paint the hallway and if I'm going to be honest with you, I'm probably painting that office this weekend too. I am thankful for all the salad I'm going to eat next week because the lettuce in the garden is out of control. And, as always, I am thankful for you.

Here's to a wonderfully Thankful Friday!