Has it been ten years since I began keeping a gratitude journal? Yes, I think it has. My friend June and I gave one to each other for Christmas one year and vowed that we would follow the instruction to record five things per day that we were especially grateful for.

I’ve been faithful about recording my blessings and have discovered that doing so not only makes me more conscious and aware of the good things going on in my life, but it also functions as a memory jogger in later months or years. It’s incredible how I can read about something that I’d completely forgotten about and have it miraculously appear in my mind, hence enabling me to “live” the experience twice.

Before seven o’clock this morning, here are some things that I jotted down:
*Waking up and being able to get up and prepare for work. When I lived near the coast, I enjoyed listening to one of my fellow church member’s prayers that always began, “Dear God, thank You for waking us up in our right minds and sending us on our way.” There’s so much truth to that! Many people didn’t wake up this morning, some woke up in emotional “states,” and still others weren’t able to get up and on their way. Also, some might be ready, willing, and able, and yet they have nowhere to go and no one to see.
*A job that I thoroughly enjoy and that actually compensates me for some of my favorite activities: reading, writing, listening, and talking.
*The profusion of sunflowers outside the breezeway door.
*Last night’s lunar eclipse…the realization that the universe is so HUGE that I can’t begin to comprehend it.
*A sighting of red leaves in Scott Park. Relief from the sweltering heat is just around the corner.

There are many other things I’m grateful for, but I’m stopping at five today. Otherwise, I would list music, color, my children, cinnamon rolls, neat words, wonderful friends, memories….I’ll save those things for another day. Besides, I don’t want to steal anyone else’s thunder. Would anyone out there in blogland like to share something you’re particularly grateful for today?

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