gratitude-a-thon day 2032: when gratitude fails


My gratitude tracker has been off. I have let the state of affairs in the country trip me up and away from the good stuff out there.

I focus on the crisp fall weather today, as I walk my dog. I look up at the very blue sky, the October light, which is different and I think more beautiful than any other light during any other month. I take in the bright red-orange on the tree around the corner–the color is as deep as the ocean, a candy apple combined with Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. I get small. I buy Mccoun apples because my sister tells me they are her favorites and when I bite into one, I realize they are actually, like, the sweetest thing I’d ever had in my mouth. Did I just get a cavity?

How do we keep ourselves up and balanced when things aren’t good? We have to stop and breathe gather our wits and good sense.

We have to notice what we have. Even when we don’t want to. Even when we feel lost in the woods. The stove, indoor plumbing, soft toilet paper…….


Gratitude is like air. I walk myself back. I pluck out a few things from the plethora of good I can choose to focus on today. And I smile.

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