What I Know For Sure

During my last half marathon, I discovered the joy of listening to audiobooks. Andy Cohen narrated his own (hilarious) book and it kept me company through 13.1 miles of some brutal hills. Recent I’ve been listening to Oprah Winfrey’s What I Know for Sure via audiobook. It’s inspired. And honestly, it’s what I’ve needed lately to replenish my soul that’s been feeling rather drained. 

One of the recurring themes of her book is gratitude. I’d love to count how many times she references it. But she is right on. Gratitude transforms. When you operate from a place of gratitude, it becomes the lens from which you view the world. And I know I need a new lens. In this spirit, I’m going to take on a gratitude challenge. For at least the next 30 days, I’m going to find five things from each day for which I am grateful. Whenever possible (and appropriate), I’ll list here.  Here’s today’s five things:

1.) The way my Violet assumes this position on my ottoman for morning belly rubs.

2.) Friday morning ritual of heading to my neighborhood coffee place and buying bakery goodies to share.

3.) My route to work that seems to have a disproportionate amount of residents who celebrate anything and everything on a regular basis. 

4.) The surreal lushness of nature after a good rain.

5.) And this is a big one: the fact that several old and dear friends’ relationships can now look the same in the eyes of the law as everybody else’s. Witnessing the joy (delirium) this news brought to so many made my heart grow three sizes. I typically avoid political issues on my blog, but I will make an exception this one time. (As its author, I suppose I’m allowed to do so.) This was historic and so big. I’d like to see my straight counterparts investing more time and energy in figuring out how to decrease our own divorce rate as opposed to preventing others from entering into marriage. And yes, I regrettably have contributed to the embarrassing divorcee statistics. What I know for sure is that my God loves everyone — and we’re tasked to do the same. So love should be celebrated, not bullied. Today was a good start. 

(End of my only political post. Beginning of gratitude challenge.)

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