Negatives emerged lately in my life, the events in the last two posts, two good friends with health issues and a lot of pain. Nevertheless, yesterday, I started thinking of so many things for which I feel grateful. Then I said to myself, I am going to work on a week of gratitude, a week where everyday I make a list of things for which I feel grateful. Out of years of habit, I make a mental gratitude list every night as I drift off to sleep. This is more formal, a list I write down.
Yesterday’s list includes these:
-pure water from a deep well
-healthy food I cook myself
-children who live good, productive lives
-my own good health
Today’s list includes:
-a job I really enjoy in spite of paper grading tasks
-students who make me laugh and tell me they love me–who knows whether they mean it and honestly it’s ok either way
-outside chores, e.g feeding horses morning and evening. I cannot imagine life without this even when it is cold and miserable
-singing–after I post this, I will head to my weekly chorale practice. Currently, we are singing all these touching songs, poems by Octavio Paz and Pablo Neruda put to music.
-taxes–crazy, I know. I recall someone once telling me he was happy to pay taxes because it meant he was making decent money and was not poor.