Daily Gratitude: HOPE

Today I am grateful for hope.  

It is hope that stills me, bars my descent into despair.  It is the bedrock that steadies me against the storms of confusion and anxiety.

     

Hope is the pathway to love, the balm for pain.

                                       It is the sister of trust,

the child of  faith.

                                                                                 Hope is the  promise of joy.

 

Daily Gratitude: Frontline Workers

Last weekend the neighbors moved – and were not very neat about it.  The day after they left, the street was lined with garbage, old furniture, broken appliances, bags of trash.  But by midmorning a  garbage truck arrived, and within minutes everything was restored to normal.

Another reminder of  how much I owe frontline workers.  As a retiree, my life has been far less affected than most. Of course I miss visiting family and friends, going to restaurants and concerts, all the “normal” activities in the pre-COVID world.  But most of my shopping was already online, including groceries.  The lawn was maintained by a landscaping crew, heavy housecleaning done by a cleaning service.  But the people who bring my groceries, pick up the garbage, deliver my packages, maintain my lawn and clean my house are exactly those most affected by the pandemic. They are the reason for the quality of life I am privileged to have today. 

Thank you is not enough. But thank you.  

 

Daily Gratitude: Friends

Today I am grateful for friends old and new; for the joy, wisdom and hope they bring to my life.

 For old friends that have supported me through my foibles and follies, laughed, cried and celebrated with me. Loved me at my worst and cheered me at my best.  For new friends who have welcomed and supported me.

Because of the kindness and pervading goodness of friends, I dare to believe that people are inherently decent and kind; that good always triumphs over evil.   That bright rays of the future are even now breaking through the threatening clouds. 

Daily Gratitude: Motherhood

Today I am grateful for motherhood; for my own mother, for the opportunity to be a mother, for the lessons learned.

Motherhood is the most challenging of relationships, diametrically opposed and inextricably linked. The older I am, the more I regret my unkindness to my own mother and the more forgiving I am of the unkindness of my children.  Maybe that’s just the way of things.