It’s February 2, Groundhog Day, the halfway point of winter.
This isn’t an easy month—or an easy season—for many of us. In order to beat back the gloom, today we’re sharing the things—big or small—that are saving us right now.
The idea comes from Barbara Brown Taylor’s wonderful memoir Leaving Church. Even though most of us can easily articulate what’s killing us, few of us pay attention to what’s giving us life.
Once when Taylor was invited to speak at a gathering, her host told her simply, “Tell us what is saving your life right now.” She says it’s too good a question not to revisit from time to time.
I agree. I borrowed Taylor’s idea back in the fall. Since October I’ve been keeping a running list—a literal, physical list—of the things that are saving my life right now.
This is an excerpt of my list. It’s a long list (yay!), and I’ve chosen to share the small things. These are things that are giving life its flavor during these cold, grey days.
2. The park. Haven’t missed a day yet.
3. A strong Americano. That I didn’t have to make.
4. My FitBit. Or rather, Will’s FitBit. I’ve had a fitness tracker for almost two years, but he just got his a month ago. Now he wants to meet his daily step goal, too—and that’s getting both of us outside more.
5. Fresh green salads. We eat locally as much as possible, but I am so thankful I can get fresh spinach imported from somewhere warm because I need a break from winter comfort foods.
6. The trampoline. When my kids start bouncing off the walls, they can head outside to bounce off some energy. Hallelujah.
7. Lauren Winner. I just finished reading Still, and was struck by her equation of busyness = laziness. I needed to hear that, even if it hurt.
8. Tarragon. Just when I though I couldn’t eat eggs for breakfast one more day, my friend suggested I try tarragon on them.
9. Beverly Cleary. Lucy (age 7) got this box set for Christmas. (I bought it at Costco in December.) Now she’s striving to read them to herself—it’s the motivation she needed to tackle chapter books. Jack (newly 12) and Sarah (age 9) are rediscovering old favorites. Silas (newly 5) doesn’t want to get left out, so my kids are reading them to him, and to each other. This is in the running for “best money I ever spent.”
What’s saving your life right now? Link up a post below, and/or tell us in comments.