Phoebe took one for the team today and got me out of work an hour early. I gave her a banana as a thank you.
I had a great day. Not because anything particularly wonderful happened, but just because I went to bed determined to wake up refreshed (despite less than 5 hours of sleep) and to put yesterday's anxiety about my boss aside.
It worked! I focused on all the wonderful things I saw. I consciously thought about how pleasant the scented breeze was: my nice sunny office; my convivial work environment, my great kids...anything and everything I saw that was pleasing, I thought about how much it pleased me. And those things I didn't like? I didn't think about them.
Consequently, I floated through the day. Had a very pleasant exchange with my boss.
Enjoyed my tasks. Even came home for lunch and took the dog out. Everything was lovely, and I felt excited about my future work plans, yet content with my present circumstances.
Then, my cell phone rang. It was the barn owner. Phoebe appeared to be colicking badly (a very serious, frequently fatal intestinal illness.) It was already 4:20 so I wrapped some things up and left at 4:45, with an email to my co-workers and boss about a veterinary emergency.
Even as the barn owner described it though, I felt calm. Sure that Phoebe would be fine. But of course, I needed to go and make sure. At 4:50, as I was stepping onto the elevator, I got a call that Phoebe was doing significantly better . Since I'd already announced I was leaving early, I just proceeded to my car. Instead of going straight there in my work clothes, I went home, threw on some jeans and grabbed the dog.
We got to the barn before 6. Unheard of! Phoebe wasn't 100%, but was clearly able to eat and not in pain. So I gave her a treat as a thank you for putting herself through that. Also, she's my sweet girl who I love. So she gets a lot of treats anyway.
I was home by 9:00. In bed by 9:15. I spent the evening responding to texts. It seemed that all of my friends decided to text at the same time. Very pleasant day!
I'm going to try it again tomorrow, and see what unfolds.