My challenge this week was to be more physically active. I made it to Sunday without really following through, and then Jared asked if I’d be up for a bike ride. It was only because of the commitment I’d made to myself earlier that I agreed to go.
Riding with Jared is not what anyone in our family considers fun. He is considerably more athletic than the rest of us and his bike is way more tricked out than ours (tricked out is still an expression, right?), so he is not wheezing or crying or trying to catch a passing bus after an unsuccessful attempt to scale one of Pittsburgh’s many hills.
But this is is about gratitude and not how much I resent my husband for being physically fit.
I am grateful that I can technically say I moved my butt this week. I am grateful that we survived our cycling adventure. And mostly, I am grateful that we passed a table on the curb on our ride back – and that Jared and Devin went back to pick it up. I now have a free craft table!
Speaking of crafting, Devin spent a few hours this week helping me cut up old t-shirts for the ridiculously large rag rug I’m making for our living room. He volunteered to help. That was lovely.
The majority of those t-shirts, by the way, were donated by a local friend. Jared and I met her and her husband for lunch on Friday and had a great time. However, she has the address of this blog so I am going to avoid gushing and coming off as totally lame and uncool.
(But seriously – they are so cool! Even her husband! Interesting to talk to! Gah!)
We walked to that lunch, because you can do that sort of thing when you live in a city.
You can also meet up with friends when they text you at 6:30 on a weeknight because they are having dinner a few miles away, and you can just hang out for a couple hours enjoying the company and the beautiful weather before driving back home and still getting to bed at a reasonable time. This was one of the things I missed the most when we moved from a small town to a suburb.
I really, really love this place.
What made you happy this week?
I take the time to highlight what made me happy each week because gratitude is the root of all happiness. I encourage you to develop your own gratitude practice; I wholeheartedly believe it will change your life.