30 Days of September: Day 1
Today is the first day of September. To me, the most beautiful month. Here in Richmond, summer outstretches its arms for the last time and fall makes an appearance.
I’m sitting here watching the rain stream down the tall glass windows that face out onto the street. I love the rain. It is an excuse to cozy up, to slow down.
The days on my calendar are filled. Filled with work and responsibilities, filled with exciting celebrations, and travel. This normally would feel very overwhelming to me. I am someone who creates and maintains a constant task-list in my head. Checking things off, adding more. And with the ebbs and flows of my task list comes the inability to be present and a constant presence of not being enough, not doing enough, not giving enough…
But, lately I have been working on this. Stepping outside of those thoughts and focusing on the present. Reminding myself of something that I often forget. Gratitude. I would never be able to list each person, moment, experience that I am grateful for. What I’ve begun to recognize is that my every day anxieties do not allow me to be grateful, to show appreciation for all the things in my life that are beautiful and wonderful. Those intrusive thoughts take up space. They take up space that could be used for creativity, imagination, and thankfulness. It also leaves space for silence. A quietness of the mind that escapes most of us.
This month I wanted to make space for something. To write and share it each day. It might seem counterintuitive paired with a full calendar. But, it is important to me, so I am making it a priority.
Each day in September, there will be a new post from me. No theme. No specific list of what I will be writing.
So here it is, the first post, on the first day of September.