This week has been quite an emotional week. It reminds me to be extra grateful for each day that we get. In an instant, life can change. In this time, I recently listened to Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations Podcast episode 3 with Sheryl Sandberg talking about her loss of her husband. One of the things that stood out to me was how Sheryl said her life has changed. Yes, there is more sadness, but also she learned to be more grateful. She is more grateful that she gets to age and still be here. Remember we can spend our life complaining, but what kind of life is that? Why not practice gratitude? For over a year now, I have written down one thing I am grateful for each day and it really has changed my perspective on things. It helps me stay more positive, even in times like this.
With gratefulness in mind, I want to list a few things that I am grateful for this week.
Stopping in Ogdensburg to have lunch with Shantel
I don’t know how we have managed, but somehow we really have seen each other once a year since graduating from Buffalo together in 2012. Even when I was living in other states, we have made it happen. When I knew I would be driving to Tupper Lake, I remembered swinging by Ogdensburg last year and knew it would be the perfect place to stop for lunch. Even though the situation of meeting up was sad, it was nice to catch up with Shantel and also eat a good meal (especially since I didn’t eat again for 7 hours after that).
Brian’s family has so many friends and quite a social life in both Tupper Lake and Binghamton areas. While again it is always sad to meet people at a funeral, it is just so impressive to see so many lives that his family has touched and I am grateful to be marrying into such a community.
This summer has been so rainy for so many people and this week during services, it has honestly been some of the best weather all summer. When I am driving long distances, I find it is much nicer to drive in sunny weather and that helped me to enjoy my drives.
My buddy Lucy
It’s hard for dogs to lose a loved one too. They have been sad as well. I am happy that Lucy loves me so much. She was following me all around the house last night and just soaking up all the petting and head massages I have been giving her. She even slept on my yoga mat all night last night.
I could go on to say all the food, conversations, stories and just being there for Brian and his family in this hard time. I am grateful for it all. I know it won’t be easy getting back to a routine, but we are moving forward together.
I also have to give thanks to everyone who has reached out to me via text, phone call, Facebook, etc. I really appreciate it.
Thanks Amanda for letting me Think Out Loud.
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