This is a Thursday series in which I pause and acknowledge something big and important or something small and insignificant that has made me thankful. It is so important and incredibly refreshing to look at the positivity around us, when we are so often surrounded by negativity. On Monday night, I met up with two of my girlfriends for what I thought was going to be a quick cup of coffee. It ended up being a release, a perfectly safe space to simply exist, a chance to breathe.
On our wedding day (almost a year ago -- what?!), we started our day with a brunch at my mom's house. My dear friends' baby S snuggled up with me and we munched on some watermelon together. I had been feeling stressed and excited (and a little pukey, if I'm being honest), and holding S provided me with an instant calm that I couldn't have made it through the day without.
And then on Monday, I got to see Rachel and Meghan and baby Emerson. And we chatted about life, and I whined a little, and Emerson passed out on me. Into a deep, drooly, smiley sleep. And in that very same way, just like with baby S almost a year ago, I felt a sense of calm seep through my body. I felt peace and acceptance, and I was reminded that no matter how busy I am, I can always take a moment to breathe.
So I guess what I'm suggesting is that if you are feeling any sort of stress in your life, or even if you're just overwhelmed by a long to-do list, you should just go out and find a baby and hold them for a while. Or, you know, have a glass of wine... That might do the trick too. :)
Happy Thursday to you!