January 2021

by Tom Swift

31 Sunday

  • Your voice.
  • Teachers.
  • Grocery store clerks.
  • Couch time with the little buddy.
  • Being fired up.
  • Fast Januarys.
  • Asking good questions.
  • Your contrarian streak.
  • Easy homemade dinners.

30 Saturday

  • Dreaming about skating.
  • Early to bed, early to rise.
  • Homemade hamburgers.
  • Saving.
  • Planning.
  • Living.
  • Loving.
  • Signs of spring.
  • Spinach.

29 Friday

  • Rows.
  • Rabbits.
  • REM sleep in the morning.
  • Ear drops.

28 Thursday

  • Your nerves. Literally. The filamentous bands of tissue that connect to your organs and make you feel things and function.
  • Morning stretches.
  • Having more than one kind of cheese on hand when you decide to make grilled cheese.
  • The day in 1998 when the local newspaper used a big, bold headline of “Grilled Cheese” to describe the way the Vikings burned by the Packers during a Monday night game.
  • Your humor.
  • When you make yourself laugh.
  • Toilet bowl cleaner.

26 Tuesday

  • Even-keel.
  • Eating just enough.
  • Energy all day.
  • Eggs.
  • Elephants.
  • Letter E.
  • Almond butter and cocoa shakes.
  • Drawers full of clean socks.
  • Catching up, getting head at work.
  • Chuck Mangione’s “Feels So Good.”

25 Monday

  • The chance to start again.
  • Recovery.
  • Resistance bands.
  • Poetry.
  • Writing-reading-lifting all at once.
  • Anger.
  • Your ability to think about complex issues.
  • Your humidifier.
  • Rudy.
  • Food delivery.

22 Friday

  • The clarity that comes from fatigue.
  • Journalists who uncover details about corrupt politicians.
  • The rule of law.
  • George Conway.
  • The promise of the weekend.
  • Your voice.
  • Process over outcome.
  • Short workouts.
  • Kale onion salad.

21 Thursday

  • Extra time in the morning.
  • When you recover from a mistake.
  • Back workouts.
  • Mid-week warmth.
  • Moving into a new phase of exercise.
  • When your dog sees you for the first time all day.
  • Grilled cheese.

20 Wednesday

  • Whew.
  • Amanda Gorman.
  • Rituals.
  • People with dignity.
  • Student loan moratoriums.
  • Rep. Jim Clyburn, the man who saved the world.
  • Leftover steak.
  • Having a president who cares. About people. About the environment those people inhabit.

19 Tuesday

  • Only one more night.
  • A clean oven top.
  • Spinach.
  • Leslie Frazier.
  • Ice.
  • A closed door.
  • What the body says.
  • Your furnace.
  • Mint-chocolate-chip gelato.

18 Monday

  • A little alcohol. Just a little.
  • How little it takes for you to get the benefit — the effect — of something.
  • Chili night.
  • Your Crockpot.
  • Walks with friends.
  • A tired dog.
  • Push-ups.
  • Tom Brady.
  • Journalists.
  • Feeling ahead.
  • Having work to do.

17 Sunday

  • Newspapers.
  • Yourself.
  • Extra sleep.
  • Corn chips.
  • Clean sidewalks.
  • Your ability to find and make meaning.
  • Your values.
  • Cereal for dessert.

16 Saturday

  • The chance to recover.
  • The chance to learn about the Self.
  • A snowless path.
  • Making plans with your money.
  • The antibodies your body produces during exercise.
  • Landing the week well.
  • When you are in a position to help someone who otherwise might have been left with the wrong answer.
  • Dark chocolate ginger balls. Yeah, that’s right.

15 Friday

  • Coffee on a short morning.
  • Figuring out a new way to give your dog his medications.
  • The end of a long day.
  • The end of any week.
  • When it doesn’t snow as much as they say (knock-knock).
  • The feeling of your dog’s warm body on your legs.
  • When you keep up with the shoveling.
  • Eggs for dinner.

13 Wednesday

  • An emotional block removed. Or at least moved aside.
  • Above freezing temps in January.
  • The right call.
  • Saving money.
  • Something to chew on.
  • When you slip in and out of the dream state.
  • The fact that Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers were not physically harmed on 1/06. The more that is learned about the insurrection that day the more it seems that was the awful and in-American intent.
  • The chance to write your responses.
  • Baked beans.

12 Tuesday

  • Morning meditation.
  • Extra time in the evening.
  • Reading in the evening.
  • Mid-day walks in January.
  • Walking after eating.
  • Getting your protein in.
  • Everyone who is trying to do the right thing in response to the insurrection against our nation instigated by the person elected to lead our nation.
  • The shadows in your backyard.

10 Sunday

  • The mood-altering effect of laughter.
  • When it’s just warm enough to walk.
  • Wild card weekend.
  • Walt Whitman.
  • Public libraries.
  • Making it up as you go along.
  • Small Yukon gold potatoes (with garlic).

9 Saturday

  • Extra sleep.
  • The chance to care tor your dog — even when he wakes you in the middle of the night.
  • New workout journals.
  • When the daytime deliveries work out just right.
  • Meat by mailbox: what a concept.
  • The chance to breathe.

8 Friday

  • Knowing your job.
  • Getting someone else’s money back (for them).
  • Just enough snow to cover up the yellow parts of your backyard.

7 Thursday

A customer service person named Moira who kindly removed a concern with your dog’s medications.

6 Wednesday

  • Ice skating.
  • Sidewalk sliding.
  • Tater tots.
  • Americans.
  • Georgia.
  • Laws.
  • The Constitution.
  • Fried onions.
  • When you close your eyes and immediately fall asleep.

5 Tuesday

  • Meetings that make the day fly by.
  • Short workouts.
  • Being looked to.
  • Clarity about the source of an anxiety.
  • Cod.
  • Mental regroup.
  • Essays.
  • Limes.

4 Monday

  • An unexpected phone call.
  • Having ample energy despite paltry sleep.
  • The healing power of honey.

3 Sunday

  • $5 coupons that come in the mail right before a necessary purchase.
  • Spicy chai protein shakes.
  • Sunday Sermons.
  • The Sun.
  • Trap bars.
  • Hot honey sliding down your throat.
  • Your mother’s birth.
  • Your dog’s eyes.

2 Saturday

  • Speaking truth.
  • What the body knows.
  • When the dog is in charge of the walk.
  • Tending to The One Thing.
  • Billy Crystal.
  • That you keep thinking it’s a day later than it is.
  • The Americans.
  • A clean warm blanket.

1 Friday

  • That the First is on a Friday. Perfect.
  • Sleeping in.
  • Setting goals. But not too many.
  • Clarity of purpose.
  • Cinnamon oatmeal.