Thanksgiving Gratitude in the Time of Covid19

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For years I’ve been making a list of 108 things I’m grateful for on Thanksgiving morning and publishing it somewhere. The idea came from Rev. Guy Williams suggesting in a class that we count out 100 gratitudes daily as a practice I grabbed what turned out to be a Buddhist rosary to help me count and they have 108 beads. This will be the first time I’ve done this on Medium.

The trick is to remember that small things count as well as big things.

I’m always tempted to edit my list, even more so this year, but my personal rule is not to. So roughly a gillion people, ideas, things, etc. again go unacknowledged.

1. Sunshine

2. Roses, particularly two rose bushes in my life

3. Trish

4. Dan

5. Mike

6. Linda

7. Steve

8. Emily

9. Ben

10. Valerie

11. Cole

12. Stacy

13. Chris

14. Gloria

15. Carol

16. Fredrick

17. Cait

18. Claudia

19. Jeff

20. Eve

21. Alberto

22. Devon

23. Herb

24. Bobby

25. Jay

26. Phil R.

27. Joe A.

28. Joe’s wife

29. Didge

30. Didge’s wife

31. My mom

32. My dad

33. Gail

34. Linda

35. Democracy Counts

36. Actual Vote

37. Wanna Vote

38. Medium

39. The web

40. Knowing how to make web pages

41. Jana

42. Jason

43. Jason’s wife

44. Pulkit

45. Pulkit’s family

46. Alberto

47. Devon

48. Dudley the cat

49. Cats in general

50. Dogs in general

51. Lions

52. Tigers

53. Elephants

54. Opossums

55. Turtles

56. Trees

57. Grasses

58. The Pacific

59. The Atlantic

60. Oceans in general

61. Fish of all sorts

62. King salmon

63. Tuna

64. Scallops

65. Mysticism

66. Having a car to drive

67. Having computers to use

68. Hot water

69. Clean water

70. Running water

71. Electricity

72. Propane

73. Gasoline

74. Hybrid engines

75. Natural gas

76. A bed

77. Clean sheets

78. An inhaler

79. Water aerobics

80. Swimming

81. Showers

82. Hot tubs

83. Sex

84. Love

85. Breathing differently (See the book ‘Breath’)

86. Doctors

87. My pulmonary specialist

88. My chiropractor

89. Stephanie

90. Meditation

91. SWZC

92. Bison Mobile Home Park

93. Really good coffee (Café Moto, a solar roaster and a San Diego tradition)

94. Real espresso machines

95. A good pour-over filter

96. Heavy cream

97. The keto way of eating

98. Freedom from most migraines

99. Humming birds — lots of them

100. Redheaded Finches

101. Hawks of all sorts

102. Replacing all my grotty old t-shirts

103. A standing mouse

104. An ergonomic keyboard

105. A great laptop

106. Walking with a friend

107. Walking by myself

108. Learning something about commitment

Thanks so much for being there. Make this holiday a great one if you can.

Writer, life and writing coach, book ghostwriter, Grandmother, Buddhist. Liberal who listens to the other side, political activist-www.DemocracyCounts.org

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