Here we are again - rebirth. It happens every year, and I’m not taking it for granted this year.
If my experience of the past eight weeks has shown me anything, it’s that each day is a gift to be cherished. I balk at the sugary sentiment even as I write it, and can’t help but think of all the imperfect moments of melt down, yelling, disappointment, miscommunication or checking out. Not every day has been sunshine and smiles around here.
In fact, most days I’m seeing the whole range. Arguments over whose turn it is to use the family laptop and cheerful games of family four-square, nagging kids to clean up their dirty dishes and hysterical laughter over the antiquated sayings Mom pulls out of her pocket to share with the exchange student. (That’s the way the cookie crumbles…)
The reality is every day offers something to appreciate, even if it’s simply having twenty minutes to myself in the morning before everyone else wakes up.
I’m learning to be present to and appreciate the micro-moments: hearing the tiny songbirds in our towering maple tree out on the deck, watching my daughter teach her French friend how to make a S’more, listening to my son play recorder at just the right volume, the sound muffled as it comes through the bedroom wall we share.
This spring may not burst forth with all the typical fanfare (proms, baseball parades, recitals), but the promise of spring remains: this is a time of renewal. For me, that means I will pledge myself anew, to living an authentic and creative life, to cultivating compassion for myself and for others, to appreciating the beauty that surrounds me.
It’s really all I can ask for - this one wild and precious life, lived each day with gratitude and with courage.
What are you grateful for in this moment? What happens when you connect to that gratitude?
Jessica Curtis is a professional life coach who helps people cultivate intention and live from a place of meaning and authenticity. If you think you could benefit from working with Jessica or want to invite her to work with your group, reach out to start a conversation.