It’s been a while.

I haven’t written much for the past few weeks….or months. I guess I haven’t felt like it much. There’s so much going on; yet, there isn’t. I feel like I’m not the only one that is in somewhat of a limbo, for lack of a better term.

However, I have chosen to take a different perspective. Each day, I write down at least 10 things that I am thankful for. Some days, I can find way more than 10; other days, it’s a little tougher to come up with just a couple. Here is one of them:

I have become a huge fan of the sunrise and sunset. And, unbelievably, the colder and crisper the air, the better. For this beautiful sight, I am extremely thankful.

I have also taken the time to watch the trees. I’ve always had a fondness for trees; all kinds. This year, I really made an extra effort to watch the changing of the seasons. I have a few of my favorite pictures below that I captured in spring, summer, fall, and most recently, on our first snow.

Immediately below is one of my favorite trails. This is also my favorite section of said trail. I have been watching this tree slowly work it’s way down for the past couple of years. See below:

The next picture is of a beautiful tree that made me pause. The sunlight was hitting it just right, and I stopped to take it in. This picture makes me sigh and smile everytime I look at it.

In the next picture, you can see that “my tree” has finally fallen. Like I said earlier, I watched it slowly collapse down, it’s roots beginning to tug at the mud. I always stopped and touched it’s trunk gently when I passed. I feel a connection to that tree and find its parallel in my own life as I sometimes feel that age is slowly collapsing me, too.

And, of course, this final picture. Our first, beautiful snow fall of the year. I was breathless as I drove through the neighborhood, unable to keep a huge smile of awe and wonder from my face. Absolutely lovely, these trees.

Each day, I sit and watch the light rise up from the darkness, as I work on my gratitude journal. The list continues to grow as I patiently take time to pause and breathe.

Replacing frustration and anxiety with gratitude is worth the effort.

Run happy.

Run Long.

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