This week has been rough. Like many of you, I am working through conflicting emotions that are accentuated given the bizarre state of affairs we are living in. I’m trying to focus on gratitude and to use that gratitude to spark patience and generosity. So here is a list of things I am grateful for.*
- Slow mornings. Not having to wake before the sun and rush to the bus stop.
- Financial security and a full pantry.
- Atlanta in bloom. Beautiful spring weather. Walks through our flowered neighborhood, alone or with my family.
- John. The best partner I could ever ask for.
- Health and the lack of pre-existing conditions. Healthy, active kids.
- Healthcare workers making unbelievable sacrifices for our community.
- Video calling and text messaging. Mental health checkins with friends and loved ones are so necessary. (Also thankful for the ability to screen my calls.)
- Truck drivers, delivery people, grocery store workers, custodians, home health aides, public transit operators. These jobs that are sometimes referred to as “unskilled labor” – absolutely essential. Let’s hope that one thing that comes out of this is a guaranteed living wage.
- Good music and portable bluetooth speakers.
- My education and my joy of reading. Scientific literacy and critical thinking skills.
- The decade I had with my sweet kitty.
- Children’s laughter.
- The safety and comfort of my home, a place that I genuinely love to be.
What are you thankful for? What role is gratitude playing your daily life right now?
*This list is not exhaustive.