Jennanydots, George and Atticus in the background
This past week brought its share of unpleasant weather. The dreary, cold and wet weather seemed endless. I should have seen it coming; these thoughts always pave the way for a life lesson.
Thursday afternoon brought sunshine to our area. I walked to the window. Our cat, Jennyanydots was napping outside. She awoke and slowly stretched, as if the sunshine was the most decadent luxury imaginable. Jenny lifted her face towards the sunshine, appreciating the warmth and began to give herself a bath. Jenny was living in the moment, the past few winter days were a memory that she chose to ignore. It was a lovely, sunny afternoon despite the cool temperature.
The realization washed over me that there is still so much to learn. I was wearing warm clothes, holding a mug of coffee, looking outside from a warm home, while complaining. Jenny was appreciating the sunshine that had been missing since Monday and enjoying the simple pleasure of a bath after a nap. It was obvious that one of us had it wrong, and it wasn’t Jennyanydots. Jenny is once again the teacher and I am the unwilling student.
Why should I complain? Jenny was outside. She eats the same thing each day yet a nap in the sunshine is a gift. She knows how to appreciate a luxury. The student had failed again. My attitude was wrong and needed an adjustment.
My mind began to race with ideas; there was no time to reprimand myself. That much needed paradigm shift had appeared and should be recognized. My eyes were drawn to the leash and the sleeping dog. I picked it up and the sound woke her. A walk would do us both some good.
My husband came home to the smells of homemade soup and chocolate cake. Why should I share a dreary attitude with him, when I could offer something better? I chose live in the moment and appreciate my gifts, the first being a husband that came home. This seemingly small change was quickly noticed. The first thing he said was “something smells good” as he smiled. My efforts were appreciated.
Jennyanydots has chosen to acknowledge and enjoy those small gifts wherever she finds them. Why shouldn’t I learn to do the same thing? Gifts are offered to us daily if we choose to recognize accept and appreciate them. How many will we find today?