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  • Writer's pictureAnanya Ridenour

Making The Time To Feel Grateful

The last month and half has been a bit difficult and really busy for me. I have been focusing so much on doing everyday chores, paperwork items that I never have time for, and finding a job. Although each of those items is important, I need to make the time to appreciate what I have. I feel like I need to slow down and enjoy what life has to offer and just be grateful. So, I sit here at the Japanese gardens at CSULB doing just that. It was an impromptu stop but one that I think is a good one. I used to head to these gardens all the time when I was younger. It was always a great spot to slow down and enjoy the beauty that is around us and also nearby. It is a little known spot to many people so generally not as crowded as other areas. Although I have not been here in years, the gardens still capture that feeling of just being still. There are more people than I remember, but it is still a quiet place that leads one to contemplation. The sounds of the nearby waterfalls ease the hectic nature that I have been surrounded by lately. I realize, while sitting here, that I need to make more time for moments like this.. Moments to just sit and enjoy the quiet. and be grateful for what I do have. I am so fortunate in so many ways that I must acknowledge that on a regular basis. Even though I was expecting a job offer by now, I realize that it is all right, the one for me will be there for me at the right time. In the meantime, I have been fortunate the last two weeks to have been able to attend two separate family weddings, both special and amazing.  Most importantly, I got to hang out with many family members that I normally do not get to see very often. A blessing for sure. Also, the small things… I have been able to take my daughter to school and pick her up most days, spending more time with her. And whether or not she likes it, spend more time with her on her homework. I think as I continue onward to see what my future holds, I just need to take some time for me during this transition period. And this Japanese garden is a great place to start.

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