January 2020

by Tom Swift

28 Tuesday

  • Not thinking too much before taking a risk.
  • The moment you know your day’s work is done.
  • Taking care of your little buddy when he is under the weather.
  • Exercising throughout the day.
  • Peanut butter and Granny Smith apples.
  • Celebrating someone else, making them happy, being in a position to do that.

27 Monday

  • A la carte dinner.
  • Evening walks, even when it’s cold.
  • A safe home.
  • A dog who is excited to play.
  • The way you look in the mirror while doing lat pull-downs.
  • Yogurt blueberry crunch. It’s a thing.

26 Sunday

  • $5-off coupons.
  • Minnehaha Falls.
  • Special walks on Sundays.
  • Shoulder day.
  • Lifts to grow the traps.
  • Finally digging into a project you’ve been sitting on. Weight lifted.
  • Organized cupboards.
  • A tidy gym locker.
  • Pea protein-filled chocolate milk shakes.

25 Saturday

  • Well-bagged groceries.
  • The feeling of just-trimmed hair on the back of your neck.
  • Sardines.
  • A car that gets you where you want and need to go.
  • Kelp.

24 Friday

  • Snow-lined trees.
  • Slush.
  • Shovels.
  • Emotion that comes seemingly from nowhere.
  • When your dog waves using just his ears.
  • Box-squats.
  • Sun lamps.
  • Knowing you really helped someone.
  • Writing all day.
  • Guacamole.

23 Thursday

  • Two-walk Thursdays.
  • People who care passionately about our country.
  • People who care about the observable truth.
  • People who are good at logic.
  • Democracy.
  • Seeing your dog relaxing in his plush new bed.

22 Wednesday

  • The number two.
  • Two walk-Wednesdays.
  • Compliments: received and given.
  • Sleeping heavy.
  • Adam Schiff.

21 Tuesday

  • When your little buddy has extra pep his step.
  • Anger: sometimes it wakes you up.
  • The power of taking charge.
  • Learning about money.
  • Feeling your arms and, hey, that muscle is getting bigger.
  • Yogurt-blueberry-granola dessert. So good you have an extra helping.

20 Monday

    Hearing Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Reading Viktor Frankl.

19 Sunday

  • Scheduled writing time in a quiet place with a friend.
  • Just the right amount of exercise.
  • Having more mojo at the end of a workout than at the start.
  • Making an offer on something that is way below asking price.
  • The way people respond to your pet in public places.
  • Energy all day: the crud is going away!
  • The Packers not makeup it to the Super Bowl.

18 Saturday

  • A tidy medicine cabinet.
  • A sudden lack of phlegm.
  • Conversation that makes you want to take action.
  • The formation of a clearer vision for a room.
  • Pringles.
  • Reading time.

17 Friday

  • Snowstorms when you are safely at home.
  • The weekend just when you need rest.

16 Thursday

  • The moment you walk in the door after coming home from work and see your little buddy.
  • The moment you sip coffee for the first time while on the couch with your little buddy.

15 Wednesday

  • Not being hungry.
  • Nancy Pelosi.

14 Tuesday

  • Think! bars.
  • The healing effects of fasting.
  • A hot shower.
  • Getting a task done fast.
  • A path through the snow.
  • The sound of your dog’s breath.

13 Monday

  • Apple cider vinegar.
  • Water.
  • Your dog’s new bed, which is soft and makes him feel safe.
  • When an extra shipment comes in.
  • The body’s ability to fight off illness.
  • Being outside, at home, at night, in the winter, under the lights, with snow falling, lightly.

12 Sunday

  • Potato chips with a sandwich.
  • The power of push-ups.
  • Lazy days.
  • Long walks.
  • How fast January is flying by.
  • Don Rickles.

11 Saturday

  • The NFL playoffs.
  • The second person.
  • Connection.
  • Knowing what you want.
  • What it means when you don’t.
  • Being useful.
  • Crispy Southwestern egg rolls.

10 Friday

  • The warmth of home after having a winter wind in your face for four blocks.
  • Having a package locker less than a block from your home.
  • A hungry dog.
  • A calm dog.
  • A dog who sprints to you when you take out his treat.
  • Paying down debts.
  • When debts only get smaller never larger.
  • When a nerve is touched and you do not react until, and only if, you’re ready.

9 Thursday

  • What happens when you flex your muscles.
  • The feeling of being more connected to your muscles.
  • When a tough decision gets answered for you.
  • A full belly.

8 Wednesday

  • Good ideas.
  • Good news.
  • Having too many good weekend options.
  • Good fruit.

7 Tuesday

  • The chance to be interviewed.
  • The chance to be asked for help by a superior.
  • When the dog wants to keep walking on, farther away from the house, even in the dark, even as the temp seemingly drops by the minute.
  • An extra-long and plenty warm shower.
  • Makeshift taco salad.

6 Monday

  • Fast hours.
  • Slow walks.
  • Ricky Gervais monologues.
  • Blue cheese dressing.

5 Sunday

  • Unexpected victories.
  • Chocolate shakes.
  • Warm days in January. Seriously?
  • Getting the Sunday run to the grocery store done early, before the aisles get too crowded.
  • Tarter sauce.
  • Active-recovery day.
  • Football food.

4 Saturday

  • Choices.
  • Freedom.
  • The opportunity to look very differently at the same person, the same problem, the same peculiarity.
  • A big pot of broccoli. Pass the salt and pepper.

3 Friday

  • Snow that doesn’t show.
  • Short weeks that finally end.
  • The confidence to ask good questions.
  • Your mother’s birth.
  • What happens when you don’t fight fatigue.
  • Left-over spaghetti.

2 Thursday

  • Freebies.
  • Cheese sandwiches.
  • A full tank.
  • Morning walks that end on account of time rather than on account of the cold.
  • Back to work after a break.
  • Farmer carries.
  • Car washes.

1 Wednesday

  • New friends.
  • New years.
  • New notebooks.
  • Car rides with the little buddy in which you play music and sing out loud — well, at least one of you does.
  • Happy returns.