Whoever decided we should set aside time every year to pause and indulge in a little gratitude was really, really smart. Here is my annual list of a few of this year’s gifts.
I am grateful for how easy my life is and for knowing that life is so much more than ease.
I am grateful that practically the entire wealth of human knowledge is at our fingertips for the price of an Internet connection and that all the knowledge in the world is not worth as much as the smile of a child or an old friend.
I am grateful for moments of exquisite beauty and for the strange truth that, if we pay attention, the welling up of creation can be found even in those places we might usually consider least beautiful.
I am grateful for meals at fancy restaurants and for scrambled eggs on nights when I haven’t gone shopping.
I am grateful for all the ways to stay in touch with friends and family who are distant and for the times we gather in person.
I am grateful for times of high excitement and great good cheer and for times of quiet and rest.
I am grateful for old friends and those I’ve just met.
I am grateful that things pass away, that the seasons turn, that new life comes into being and that we are all, somehow, always both letting go and becoming new.
And of course I am grateful for chocolate.
Note: The blog and I will be on vacation next week. Happy Thanksgiving!