Gratitude 2020 – Day 10

It was a quiet day for us, like Sundays should be. My gratitude for today is for the peace of a Sunday.

And for family time. Quiet. Restful. Gearing up for the week ahead. Grateful for this space.

I hope you had a decent day and that you were able to spend it with people you love and who love you back.


Gratitude 2020 – Day 9

Today my gratitude is for the change in the weather. The reflectiveness of the fall season, where our city is bathed in leaves and cool air.

Fall leaves in Sacramento

The coolness and sometimes chill of Fall make it easy to think. We move faster outdoors. We do things faster, to generate heat.

Fall is also suggestive of the beginning of holidays (holy-days) and gatherings. Ritual and tradition. Feasting and celebration.

Although, again, 2020 doesn’t look like last year, it still deserves celebration to note the passing of the year. Perhaps even more so. 

This year has been challenging and for many of us, there have been losses. 

No better reason to stop for a moment and raise a glass to the year of experience, good, bad, and massive growth. That’s how I am going to look at it.

2020 has been a year chock-full of experience. I am better for it. And now I truly understand how precious many things are that were put aside this year.

I’m thankful to be here to note these things. Thankful for decent health in my familial circle. Thankful for continued employment. All these things are good. Grateful.

Gratitude 2020 – Day 8

Blame it on the rain. My gratitude for today was for the cool, windy, rainy weather. And the opportunity I had to go walking in it.

I got my spouse to come out in it with me, and we both had out coat collars pulled up as we trudged up and over the I-5 freeway in Sacramento.

The sky was grey, punctuated by bursts of orange. Fall has landed here in Northern California.

As we walked, we were both reminded of days we lived in Russia during our courtship, where raininess like this was a summer event. Today’s rain brought back some serious laughter from a stay in Karelia, a region not too far from Finland.

We were young and silly. There was some fishing involved. And I think I missed the dock, so I landed in the lake. All was well. Wet, but well.

Rain in California these days is a good thing. It signals that perhaps fire season is over. It signals that the hills will turn bright green, the grasses will grow lush.

It’s winter in the valley.

I’m thankful it got here, finally. Grateful for the fresh weather, fresh air. And the reminder of happy times.

Gratitude 2020 – Day 7

Today I am particularly grateful for hot coffee, a day off from work, and some interesting new things to read.

I recently got a copy of Dr. Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning. Looking forward to reading it as it seems on point for the times, in some respects.

Another thing I’m doing today is listening in to Dean Erwin Chemerinsky as he presents a Supreme Court Review on line. Waiting for the web presentation to begin.

I hope you have something to look forward to on this day. Whether it be as simple as a cup of hot coffee or tea, or as complex a discussion of the lates Supreme Court rulings.

Be well, dear reader, be well.

Gratitude 2020 – Day 6

My gratitude for today is for my four children. I had no idea I would ever be a parent, but I am grateful and thankful for this, the “toughest job you’ll ever love.”

Seeing them grow and think and become good, beautiful people is perhaps the best gift I have ever received in my life.

Yes, I am truly a Mama Bear. Always will be. And proud of it.

Gratitude 2020 – Day 5

This morning we went for an early walk, the grass was iced over. The air was crisp. I thought about where I was feeling most grateful today. The answer came as my cheeks pinked up and breath came out in clouds of vapor.

What has been uplifting, soothing, calming, and energizing in my life? What has been playing in the background of some of my most memorable moments? Generally, music. I am grateful to those who create it, perform it, and teach it. I’m thankful I had the opportunity to read it, perform it, and teach it as well. It has its own energy. Music inspires. In fact, you could say no human truly teaches music. Rather, music is the teacher.

I have much more to say on this topic, but for now I’ll stop. With just one more question for you. What have been the soundtracks of your life?

I’ll be sharing some of mine soon.

But I’m truly grateful that there’s music in our world. That people sing, hum, play an instrument or beat a can with a wooden spoon. I’m grateful.

Every. Darn. Day.

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