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Today I Love Fast Starts

half eaten heirloom tomato
Heirloom squirrel food

Today I love fast starts to the morning, an up and at’em attitude that I can adopt on a moment’s notice and use to get me through a long day. I love handing myself a “feeling good” assessment even when I can inventory the parts of me that are aching and itemize the ways in which I might feel better. I love the tomato plant that grew a tomato just in time to feed that damned squirrel in the back yard. I love that everything fits in to a place in this world until it is done and then the place is filled by something else that eventually fits perfectly into vacated that place. I love that the squirrel has not yet left the place that it fits into. I love how much they look like miniature bears with giant bushy tails. I love that yesterday I discovered that if a spider is wrapping up a wasp in its web, it will let you tickle it without running away, though I think he thought I was trying to chase him away from his wasp. I love the city and that I am back here after a wonderful weekend away. I love suburban living as much as urban living and rural living, each one has its place in my life.

Today I love that last night we attended the Mid-Autumn Festival at our local museum and it was fun and engaging. I love that I discovered that the game called Go in Chinese has more than one simple version. I love that one of the more complicated versions of Go is played in north America under the name Penté. I love playing board games where my mind can wander off and suddenly be surprised by what I have missed on the board that has led to my downfall and loss of face, ’cause that just makes me laugh.

Today I love that, if the lightning holds off tonight, we will paddle the dragon boat for the last time this season and then take her out and clean her up for her winter storage time. I love that members of our team joined with members of our sister team in Eugenia and they won medals in the special race. I love that we got the boat’s name on her hull last spring. I love that our boat’s name is Póg Mo Thóin and that it is on the back end of the boat so that other dragon boaters can read it as we pass them.

Today I love drinking coffee and contemplating the good feeling I get from having grown a tomato to feed my neighborhood squirrel.

Today I Love Fast Starts

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2018). Today I Love Fast Starts. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 27, 2019, from


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