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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Gratitude

One of my favorite places. Thinking about it always makes me happy.
Earlier this week I had a bit of a melancholy day. The weather was gloomy, and I had simply had enough negative news. These times are trying, to say the least. But I decided to break the bonds of pessimism and instead concentrate on the blessings I enjoy. When I really started to think about it, there are many. I thought I would share a few.

-I'm healthy.
-Spring is finally here.
-Today I enjoyed a two-and-a-half-mile walk on a lovely, sunny morning—quite literally over the river and through the woods.
-I am closer to 70 than 65, and I can still walk two and a half miles.
-We still have income.
-Our cupboards are not bare.
-We have a big back yard; we're not crammed into a high rise in a busy city.
-I have plenty of books in the house that I haven't read yet.
-I have time to read. I just finished a fabulous 800-page novel in record time.
-My husband enjoys puttering in the garage, so he hardly ever gets under foot.
-I have time to clean drawers and closets.
-I have been able to watch nearly every episode of Monk ever produced.
-We have technology that enables me to keep in touch with people. Had this happened when I was in my twenties, I would have no cell phone, no email, and no Internet. Imagine that.
-We still have a decent supply of toilet paper and paper towel.
-I have a wonderful husband, son, and daughter-in-law as well as many adopted family members, extended family members, and terrific friends with whom I am in regular contact.
-I was raised by two wonderful parents, and I have many fond memories of my childhood.

I thank the Lord for these and the countless other blessings He has bestowed upon me.

My heart goes out to those who are struggling to find something to feel blessed about. I pray for them and all of us. These are trying times indeed. 

Try making a blessings list of your own. It does wonders for the attitude.