I have been so fortunate in my life, in countless ways. Chief among them: being born to a good family in a healthy and wealthy part of the world (my family was not wealthy at all, but we had a house, running water, heat, and a backyard).
My family assumed I would go to college, and so I did. I’ve been employed almost 100% of the time for the last 38 years, never been homeless or missed a meal out of lack of funds. As I type, I’m looking at the Atlantic Ocean.
I had the great good fortune to meet Sandy, my best friend and now-husband, when I was 37 years old. We’ve barely shared a cross word in 22 years and, true to the old saw, never go to bed angry.
And so on. I am not religious, so I don’t thank any deity, but I am grateful nonetheless for all the good fortune. Today I went to the doctor for my check-up. Nearly everything looks well, except for a few odd numbers on my blood tests. We’re re-testing next week. And all of a sudden, good health seems the greatest fortune of all!
My doc and I are not overly concerned. I am irritated, however, that my cholesterol was high. How could that be – I am thin, a vegetarian, and never eat fried food. Doc told me it’s from . . . sweets and carbs. Ah rats, the things I enjoy so well.
|Sniff, sniff. I have to lay off the muffins. Recipe here, in case you have good cholesterol.|
So add to the gratitude list:
- A smart and kind doctor.
- Health insurance (thank you, Obamacare, for making it more affordable).
- Enough income to buy fresh and healthy food.
- Permission to drink Chardonnay in moderation.
|I can keep a few pleasures. Art from Etsy.|
What’s on your gratitude list today? Hope your day is calm and lovely, and stay fabulous,
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