Don’t get me wrong here, I still retain my (charming, I think) curmudgeonly elements.
There are people, places and things that piss me off. I wouldn’t be human if that weren’t the case.
But, on this Canadian-style Thanksgiving I am also prepared to say there are people, places and things for which I have much gratitude. I would never go so far as to say I lead a truly charmed life, and anybody who tells you they do is either a liar or woefully ignorant about life’s realities. But, I am also prepared to say that in the grander scheme of things life does offer elements that make me feel blessed.
They are these:
– I’m not dead yet. That’s important because I wouldn’t be writing this if I were.
– I have a nice home in a decent neighborhood that could be noted for it’s dearth of mobsters or stormtroopers.
– I live in a society that at least tries to be democratic.
– I have a good wife who is lovely, intelligent, hard-working and one of the best cooks on the planet.
– Max the Maximum Maxiepad Maximillian Von Dog. He’s wonderful and doesn’t even have to work at it. Quite a skill that. And all Max’s doggy pals, too, like Jake, Zoey, Frankie, Cola et al, and the entire park gang.
– I have a nice array of friends; ‘real’ friends, FB friends, Blogger friends (some of whom have become cherished real friends. I get by with a little help from my friends.
– I have some elements of creativity about me that I cherish because they allow me to escape the humdrum.
– I also value my personal ‘humdrum’ stuff because it keeps me grounded.
– I live a sober life. I only mention this because I once didn’t, so I cherish the fact I do.
– I have a ‘history’. That’s me. Warts and all. Some of my history is even a bit colorful. I can be entertained by thinking about aspects of my history, and I can grimace at others; the ones that make me glad I don’t do that stuff any more.
– I have some past loves that still make me wistful, but not depressed. I cherished them at the time and always will in my own quirky way.
– I have suffered some grievous losses but I think handling those losses has enabled me to grow. Maybe that’s what it’s all about.
In any case, those are a few of my elements in my attitude of gratitude. If you wish to share some of yours, please do. I’d love to hear about them.