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Gratitude Monday: Making a List and Checking it Twice

Gratitude required a bit of work today.  I have so much, yet I felt blue.  For one thing, tragedy struck a local family.  Another child, a seven year-old, with brain cancer.  It doesn’t seem right for me to count how blessed I am, when his family is feeling so Job-like.  An the killings in California make me cry out in anger and in sorrow; not to mention some of the uncharitable responses.  On top of that, I’m feeling blue because I couldn’t be in two places at the same time.  And don’t even get me started on the Christmas rush.

That should make me feel lucky. Next I’m mad at myself for being so self-involved and selfish, when other people are facing real problems.

cactusOkay, so here’s my list petty mixed with important:

 Texture app: I’m on a trial with my iPad.  Yes, all the magazine reading I want on five devices.  Yeah!

 An interview with Clayton Smith.  Okay after the holidays.  Still, I’m excited.  He’s the author of the top five, maybe the top favorite book for 2015, Anomaly Flats.

 A calendar crowded with holiday celebrations.

 In December I get to write about charitable giving.  Last week it was the Coat-A-Kid Drive.  The county I live in is so giving it gives me goosebumps.

 The Mulliganeers:  A grass-roots organization that helps families faced with dire situations who’ve fallen through the cracks.   Losing a job, facing the challenges of Rhett’s syndrome for their little girl, the future felt like they carried the weight of Atlas on their shoulders. The Mulliganeeers helped pay rent, short-term loans, and utilities.

 A new flute player. It’s a simple thing, but I’m so tickled to be playing as part of a trio with little Ellie. She’s a first year flute player. “I was at a concert and said, ‘what’s that sound’ to my mom. She told me it was a flute, and right there, I knew that’s what I wanted to play.” That just filled me with joy.

 A call from my sister, Julie.  She’s such a gem.

 Monday’s with Mom. She makes me laugh. She makes me think. And sometimes she makes me cry. Every day with her is a blessing.

What’s on your gratitude list this week.  Please join Laurel at Alphabet Salad and see what’s on a whole bunch of lists.




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