(Ya, I know, that’s a contradiction, but…..)
Today, for many people, is hard.
Today, as you can tell, I am sad.
Today I am grateful for still being alive -five years past a nasty cancer diagnosis. Grateful for a good doctor and a clinic trial that saved my life.
Today I am grateful for a husband who still loves me – even after 42 years.
Today (and every day!) I am grateful for children and grandchildren who like to hang out with us.
I am grateful that there is a Creator who put the world in place -I don’t know how, but I don’t need to. It is obviously too complex to have just happened.
I am grateful I live where I have trails to wander, rivers and mountains to look at and gardens of hope to plant with flowers and beauty in my little part of the world.
I am grateful for a house to live in that is warm and dry and safe.
I am grateful for the possibility that elected officials may choose to act like servant leaders in the near future instead of shape-shifting, blame-throwing, self-obsessed infants.
I am grateful for the diversity of our country, and for the refugees, immigrants and Native Americans that make it so.
I am grateful that gratitude is an attitude that can become a habit that can make you buoyant even when the waves seem high and the storm looks overwhelming.
I am grateful for today.