Admittedly I find these lists a bit cheesy and annoying, but they seem to work for people. Also, I try to avoid bragging. Any expression of gratitude for good luck or kindness was generally met with vituperative punishment by those I lived with in childhood. That kind of treatment stays with you, and it’s a painful thing to be afraid to express gratitude outside of expressions of indebtedness because of that association.
Deep breath – saying what I’m grateful for, and hoping I won’t be punished or criticized for having good things to be grateful for.
I am grateful that…
- I have a strong relationship with my partner – and it’s been tested enough for us to know it’s strong.
- My best relationships are all mythology-free. There’s no illusion, no story, no narrative, and that helps it work and last.
- I can get fresh, local strawberries until December.
- The universe conspired to preserve me from this latest harsh winter.
- I live so close to the ocean.
- I have a fireplace, adding an element of safety to candle burning magic.
- I am just about to finish edits prior to publication of my third book.
- I think about the world far differently from every group I am involved with: Pagans, mainstreamers, and friends. I think my difference of perspective/absence of fear (xenophobia) truly helps people.
- I got to meet some of the people I did when I was young. Most are gone from my life and I mourn that, but I got to meet them and that by itself is so cool.
- I live close to a Green Apple books branch.
- We actually found an apartment in San Francisco.
- Our neighbors downstairs have good taste in the music that they play loudly.
- Both the musicians downstairs and the garage band next door (with a tuba) are actually pretty good.
- Usually, we can find parking.
- I have met as many people as I have so far, long before I’m technically ready.
- The Golden Gate Park is right there.
- I found an honest-to-gods beach cave last weekend.
- The Polish deli is near my neighborhood.
- I have enough moxie to track people down who don’t answer emails when I want to volunteer for them.
- I have friends who will speak up when they see me treated cruelly.
- I have friends that are doing their damnedest to help me connect with this place somehow.
Wow, that’s a lot longer than I thought I’d have.