Man I Miss My Dog

It’s been exactly three months since my dog, TJ, went missing. It honestly hurts more than I anticipated, it truly feels like a piece of my life is gone. Pets become part of your family and the loss can feel just as deeply as losing a loved one. TJ was a gift, adopted just like me, loved unconditionally and honestly the best dog in the world. TJ represented more than a pet to me. He was a sign of me growing and maturing, committing to the care of another living being. TJ was our baby, a comfort in the face of loss. TJ was accepted by all, even those who say they aren’t “dog people”. TJ was quiet, yet lively. I often bragged about how he never barked, was fully trained, and was a good dog. I miss the person TJ made me, more responsible, more nurturing, motherly. To me, TJ was my practice baby and I was getting the hang of being selfless and taking care of someone. My second chance at this; my first pet experience ended with me basically abandoning the dog after a really frustrating break. This is likely karma. I feel guilty that I couldn’t protect him or find him. I miss him exponentially more than I can bear sometimes…

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Give Thanks

It’s common knowledge that gratefulness helps foster a positive mindset. Practicing gratitude regularly helps improve emotional well-being. Gratitude shifts our focus to what we have, instead of focusing on lack and what we think our lives are missing. Exercising gratitude makes us less fearful, enabling us to see beyond things that make us anxious or uncomfortable. Being grateful makes us feel happier, improves self-esteem, and allows us to be more optimistic.

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I recently received a gratitude journal that not only encourages me to list things I’m grateful for, but also prompts me to list tasks I plan to conquer, people I will love, along with a place to note scriptures or reflections. Expressing what we are grateful for on a daily basis will have a positive impact on our interactions with others and improve our perceptions of life.

For today’s #writenow, I’ll share my gratitude journal entry:

Reflection of the day: “change is not always easy, but it is always possible”.

Today, I am grateful for a spirit of resiliency, which allows me to confront life’s hardest challenges and difficulties with as much grace as possible. I am grateful for valley situations, which are unequivocally preparing me for mountaintop successes. I am grateful for a loving and supportive partner, who understands and accepts me, despite my shortcomings and because of my uniqueness. I am thankful for friends and companions who appreciate my voice, respect my boundaries, and show me that the best family is one you choose. I am grateful for my skills and abilities, which help boost my confidence and self-esteem. I am grateful for my mother, who continues to show me how to love others unconditionally and always encourages me to be a better person. I am grateful for a stable home, equipped with the amenities I deem necessary to live a harmonious life. I am grateful for the people in my life who always have an uplifting word of advice. I am equally as grateful for the people in my life who believe in my words and accept my advice. I am grateful for the children and young people surrounding me who constantly remind me that we never stop learning/growing. I am grateful for knowledge of self, which guides my every move. I am grateful for the constant spiritual/cosmic messages I receive daily to remind me that nothing in life is happenstance and encourages me to continue to move forward.

What are you grateful for today?