Count Your Blessings Emotions and Perceptions


A quote in a frame

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ~Rumi

This year, many of us spent Easter brunch with family via FaceTime. Instead of attending birthday parties, people in decorated cars honk and wave while and parading by the house of the birthday girl or boy. On my walks, I see Post-Its arranged in the shape of hearts decorating my neighbors windows. On Facebook we see pictures of happy hours taking place with neighbors, each on their respective driveway, shouting across the way to ring in the weekends. Shelter in place has become a commonly used phrase in the American language. Nearly every American has now been on a Zoom call and most for the first time ever within the last 2 months. Zoom church services, Zoom Tai Kwan Do classes, Zoom book club, Zoom Zoom quilting club and every activity in between. Rachel Ray produces her cooking show from home, in her own kitchen, while her husband records it. My nieces are gymnasts and for years have uniquely attend online school, now there is nothing unique about it…..ALL kids, including my college freshman, only attend school online. My mother in law, who is nearly 80 years old, has the House Party app downloaded on her iPhone and knows how to use it.

As we start this 1st day of May, our lives look much, much different than most of us ever dreamt they would when we began the new year in January. We have come a long way and although we still have a long way to go when it comes to fighting the pandemic, it’s a new month and a good time to reflect and look for what’s special.

I’m proud of us. I think the way we have come together not only as a country, but as human beings, is special. Really special. Worth noting and recognizing special. Every time I see someone wearing a cloth mask, it fills my heart. The number of people who are so generously using their free time to sew these masks is remarkable. Then, after spending hours and hours sitting in a room sewing them, they donate them, asking nothing in return. That’s generosity. That’s selflessness and it’s special.

From what I understand, the cloth masks don’t protect the person wearing them, but if that person happens to be an asymptomatic carrier, it will keep others around him/her from being exposed. I wear a mask too. They are extremely uncomfortable, hot and I feel like I can’t get my point across with half of my face covered……it’s not fun or anywhere near enjoyable. I even have a really cute, reversible, fancy mask, made for me by a friend and WW-er, but it’s still a pain to wear. That means everyone we encounter, everyone we see, wearing these masks is doing so for the health and safety of the strangers passing them on the street or bagging their groceries or making their burrito. They are doing it for us without even knowing us personally. That’s kindness. That’s compassion. That’s doing what you can to put other’s needs above your own. That’s special.

I hope as different states start to open up, it’s going to be a ” new normal”. I don’t think we will or even can go back to life exactly as we knew it before March 2020. And that’s OK in many ways. I actually think it’s better than Ok……wonderful things can come out of this. The sickness and loss of life is extremely tragic and deserves mourning. Absolutely and no doubt about it. To honor these losses in the best way possible, I hope we recognize all the different kinds of unexpected good also coming from this pause and take it with us into the future.

In many ways this tragedy has given kindness, caring and compassion the opportunity to shine through and so many are rising to the occasion and making that happen. Through us, Divine Love is shining through brightly everyday……everyday. It can be seen on the frontlines in the incredibly brave healthcare workers and hospital staff, the grocery and drug store employees, the project engineers, the electricians, the plumbers, the welders who are keeping construction going in our country despite the danger of contagion they are exposing themselves and their families to when they go home to each night. I feel so emotional, thankful, when I think of them or see them at work. We can recognize them and send them love. This is special. The InstaCart, UberEats, Door Dash and GrubHub deliverers, the Amazon, UPS, FedEx, USPS deliverers…every time we see these people drive by with their masks and gloves on keeping the rest of us fed, stocked with necessities and taken care of……that’s Divine Love personified and it’s special. We can recognize them and send them love.

I created this website and blog over 10 years ago to share my thoughts on wellness. Often that revolves around healthy eating choices, fun food finds and weight loss/maintenance tips and inspiration. As I sit here at my kitchen table, not having not seen my family (in person) for months, this post is what wellness means to me. It’s about searching for the GOOD and putting our focus on that, rather that on what we cannot change. It’s about sending love to our others through our thoughts and prayers. If being sad would change this world wide pandemic, it would be easy for me to volunteer to help turn it around! But it won’t. No amount of worry, anxiety, fear or sadness will change this but shifting our thought to seeing what’s good, what’s special in this unprecedented time WILL change something. It will lift our spirits and change our perspective, helping us to feel good. And just like in any other situation, when we feel good, we can do more for others. We radiate Love when we feel good. They say “Stay home and keep America safe.” In my opinion, it’s also our job to do everything we possibly can to let our light shine through with gratitude and love. When our hearts are full of gratitude, we can raise other’s spirits and help them know they are not alone. This is special.

One of my biggest joys throughout the shelter in place has been leading my WW Workshops via Zoom. The Virtual Workshops are an amazing place to connect with others “face to face” and talk about wellness in a time when we need it most.

Today is Friday and I will be leading the Fresno Virtual Workshops at 8am, 10am and 12:15pm Pacific time, which is 10am, 12pm and 2:15pm Central time. All WW Studio members along with WW digital/online members are welcome. No plane ticket needed!! Haha! The directions for how to sign onto a WW Virtual Workshop are in the link below, along with my full weekly schedule.

Click Here To Learn How To Sign Onto A WW Virtual Workshop

Hope to see you at virtual workshop soon!!!

All is well❤️


Terra Ayres,

Wellness Coach



Terra’s WW Workshop Schedule – PACIFIC TIME

Mondays – Fresno Connect Group – 830am (10:30am Central Time)

Tuesdays – Clovis Connect Group – 10am (12pm Central Time)

Wednesdays – Clovis Connect Group – 11am and 12:30pm (1pm and 230pm Central Time)

Fridays – Fresno Connect Group – 8am, 10am and 12:15pm (10am, 12pm and 2:15pm Central time)

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  • Catherine Shippey
    May 3, 2020 at 2:28 am

    Terra the k you for your inspirational words. I do enjoy your blog.

    • Lisa Davis
      May 8, 2020 at 7:53 am

      Thank you Terra!!!! What beautiful words to share!!! Thank you for your compassion and your energy. It inspires me.

  • Claudia
    May 2, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Beautiful reflections! So thankful you take time to write and inspire. We all have the same opportunities to be kind and encouraging to those around us and to look for blessings during this time. You are one of those blessings. Love you, my friend!

  • Kathie Doshier
    May 1, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Great positive words which all can use more of, especially in the midst of this pandemic and quarantine.

    • Terra
      May 1, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks, Kathie!! Stay safe

  • Danielle S.
    May 1, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Beautifully said, Terra. Thanks for taking the time to share a part of yourself for the benefit of others!

    • Terra
      May 1, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Thank you, Danielle!! Hope your week is ending strong and you have a fabulous weekend!! “See” you Monday‍

  • Cheryl
    May 1, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Today is Fri May 1 and Sun is May 3 the 101 birthday of our Nana who I’m sure is looking down with love at all the good she sees as she continues her journey spiritward 8

    • Terra
      May 1, 2020 at 9:02 am

      Thanks, Cheryl!! Oh how I miss her

  • Darin Ayres
    May 1, 2020 at 7:33 am

    Such a great reminder, especially now when there is so much finger-pointing, second-guessing, and anger surrounding the pandemic. Thanks for such a positive perspective!!

  • Vickie
    May 1, 2020 at 7:29 am

    Terra-I always think of May Day Baskets full of flowers … thank you for these beautiful thoughts ❤️

  • Vickie
    May 1, 2020 at 7:26 am

    Terra- I always think of May Day baskets full of flowers ….thank you for these beautiful thoughts.❤️