My morning routine started up at 4:45 am, as I woke and did my morning yoga and meditation. As usual, I went and crawled back in bed about ten minutes before six to snuggle with my husband until his alarm. Yet when his alarm went off, despite being wide awake, I did not want to get up. We delayed a little but then it was off to get ready for work.
I have to hand it to my husband, he is getting better at settling in for my six second hugs and planning enough time in the morning to get those two extra kisses before he rushes out the door. These are the things that are important to me and he does his best to adjust to give me that time.
Today after he left I turned back to my computer, ready to begin typing. I was going to write about how grateful I am for natural beauty after a makeover last night reminded me why I'm not a fan of the layers of makeup. (It's a sensory thing. Though I will admit I'm getting better at makeup "my-way" for special occasions.)
Just as my computer came up, ready for today's work, there was a paw on my leg with a dog head peeking between my leg and arm. I gave her a quick pet and turned back to my computer but up she came again.
This gave me pause for two reasons. One, she knows the routine and usually lays quietly while I work and waits for me to finish. And two, at nearly 12 years old and on a hard wood floor it was no small feat to be up on her back legs.
This was a priority. My fur-baby was communicating a need, just like I communicate my need to my husband in the mornings. (Plus how can I resist her sweet face?!) So I turned in my chair to face her and after a moment moved to the floor.
Her happiness was palpable as her tail wagged and she nestled into my chest. This is pure love in its finest. And soon her younger sister joined in as well (albeit a little more of a bulldozer in her form of snuggling). The three of us just snuggling on the kitchen floor for a good ten minutes.
This is love. This is gratitude. THIS is my priority. And in giving in to that moment by taking time to snuggle it did not mean I would not get my work done or that I will be late. Rather it gave me even more to write about and more gratitude for this moment.
I'm so grateful for Austin, my dog, who is such a sweet and gentle dog. I'm grateful to have her healthy and happy. I'm grateful for these moments when she comes to me and lets me know what she is needing. And I'm grateful to admit that I needed it too.
I'm grateful for Pippin, my younger dog, who is crazy in all the best ways. I'm grateful for the laughs she gives me. And I'm even grateful for her rough snuggles like she just can't get enough of me.
I'm grateful for the amazing years we have shared and all the different moves and changes they have experienced with me. I'm grateful for all the lessons they have taught me about living in the moment and unconditional love. And I'm so grateful, so blessed, to have them in my life.
What are you grateful for today? What priorities are you making in your life? Who fills your need for connection in whatever form that takes for you?
May today bless you with love and connection. May you see your blessings in the eyes of those around you. Have a beautiful day!