Gratitude List

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I’m giving some extra thought to my reasons for gratitude.  In list form, it’s embarrassingly long.  I have a great life.  I don’t ever forget it, and I don’t ever take it for granted.  I think one of the gifts of a … sub-par childhood, is that when life gets good, you really know it.  Even on my darkest days, days when I’m sad, lonely, confused, irritated, judgmental, angry, and/or afraid, there’s always a part of me that’s kickin’ up my heals in the happy dance.  My joy comes from the fact that I never feel trapped anymore.  I don’t get stuck chewing on some dried-up old resentment bone.  Not for very long, at least.  I know who I am, and I’m not ashamed to be kind to myself.   I love being over 50 because at this age I have perspective.  Perspective is the best, and the older I get, the broader and more compassionate my perspective becomes.

Yesterday, three students, during different study periods, thanked me effusively for the schoolwork we did together.  I ate it up.  As a volunteer, that’s my pay, and today, I was overpaid.

Tuesday, I took a walk up in the hills above Glen Ellen.  My cell phone takes lousy pictures, but I couldn’t resist trying to capture the spectacular fall colors in the valley below.  I wish you could have been there.

Glen Ellen - November 2011

Have a Happy Thanksgiving; have a good week, and I’ll post again next Friday.

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