We live in hearing distance of two church bells--First Congregational Church and St. Peter's Episcopal Church. They toll the hours.
There is something comforting and centering about hearing the church bells each hour.
Sort of like the pair of jeans I wear almost every day for some time. I don't wear them when I wash them, every two weeks or so.
There's a split at the knee, in the inside stitching that will need to be sewn sooner or later. But they fit perfectly and are oh, so soft and I feel comfortable and centered wearing them.
Things that both comfort and center are things to be appreciated and thankful for. Things that comfort and center are blessings.
Bern does that for me, most of all. Our years together have not always been perfect--but in great measure they have been comforting and centering.
Our new dog, Bridget, does that better than any dog we've ever had. She is so easy and sweet and good you just feel good around her.
Bacon does it for me too--if not to crisp and not too rare.
Birdsong as well--not much this time of year in Connecticut.
Pinot Grigio does too.
I'll give you a blessing: take ten minutes and think of the things that give you comfort and make you feel centered.
And give thanks for each of them.
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