This past season has been a tough one; I have begun to wonder if I will ever recover from Hurricane Irma. But for today, let me remember to be grateful.
I love the holiday of Thanksgiving. It's a clear cut holiday, although I know we are headed for the time when it becomes part of the Black Friday shopping frenzy.
For many of us, Thanksgiving is about a day off, a day to eat a good meal, a day to spend some time with the people we love. It's not loaded with emotional traps, like Christmas can be. It's not loaded with such potential for disappointment, like Valentine's Day can be. It's fairly straightforward.
It's a good day to remember to be grateful. It's a spiritual discipline that most of us would do well to incorporate into our lives more frequently than just once a year.
So, let me begin today. I'm grateful that the hurricane wasn't worse. I'm grateful we have resources to deal with the aftermath.
I am happy with my job, a year later. In fact I like it even better now than I did when I first started.
I'm grateful that my health is still fairly good, even with my diagnosis of arthritis in my feet. My spouse, too, is holding on. Would I change anything in terms of health? Oh yes. Most people who make it into their 50's have health stuff that they'd like to change. But I'm grateful for what's not in our lives: no cancer diagnosis, no diseases so severe that we consider suicide.
But mostly, I'm grateful for friends and family. I'm grateful for the good things they're experiencing. I'm grateful for all the good times we've had together. I'm grateful that we continue down life's road together.
I'm hopeful that the coming year will be better than the past one. I'm grateful for my optimism that may flag, but always undergirds my outlook.
Let me not get so lost in my luckiness that I forget to be mindful of those who can't be so grateful. Let me work to create a world where we all will have enough.
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