Gratitude Friday

Yesterday was rough. It was a combination of things. I just didn’t have the patience or space or time that I needed. Jeff got home and I was totally touched out and worn down. After dinner I took the dog out for a walk, and had planned to take a bath, but by the time Vera was down I felt like it was too late (Jeff and I had a movie date I cared more about than a bath), but Jeff urged me to go into the bathroom before I made my final decision. I’d gotten to a point where I was buzzing around thinking that any time carved out for myself would be silly at that point… I get that way- I think it’s rooted in self-pity, actually, but I digress. And then there he was believing I needed more. When I saw that he lit a few candles for me, it gave me permission to believe it too. I immediately hopped into a hot lavender-scented bath and just melted away for a while. I swear I came out a new woman.

Today I’m grateful for the good friend I have in my partner, for warm water, for lavender, for candlelight, for the end of another good and challenging day, and for a little time spent focused on restoring myself. I’ll be doing that more often. Candlelit baths are pretty effective, believe it or not.

Quote of the day:
"First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others." (Thomas Kempis)


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