Gusto- enjoyment or vigor in doing something. As I sat to contemplate a blog entry the phrase “Do this day with gusto” came to me. I am in the mindset of one day at a time these days. I am in a recovery and renewal mode and every day I try to embrace that. Embracing it takes some determination as I have a long established habit of putting others first . It is a new and challenging task to put my own well being ahead of everything else. My needs are simple though and today I have already had the gift of gusto. I swam with gusto. I love moving my body through deep water. I would prefer it be in my lake with the vast sky above me but for the next while the hotel pool will do. I felt the sunshine, felt the breeze and gazed at the clear blue sky with gusto. I felt the energy of the city and watched young people streaming out of the high school next door feeling their energy. I sat with a friend and enjoyed a tasty lunch. I came back to my small space and sat to write and hope to produce new words with gusto when I finish this entry. Yesterday’s sorrows and concerns still exist and tomorrow’s challenges and uncertainty are likely. But gusto is possible too and a choice I make. The sunflowers and pumpkins in the photo below are from a past season, a past garden, past days lived with gusto. But today’s gifts and the season I find myself in, are just as bountiful.