I recently finished This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection by Carol Burnett. It’s a fabulous book, with charming and funny anecdotes about her life and career. I stayed up way too late a couple of nights in a row, wanting to read just one more story.

In one chapter she talks about staying cheerful during low times by listing “Gratefuls.” I like that idea and thought I would list a few Gratefuls of my own.

I still have both of my parents and they are both active and healthy and live only 5 miles away so I get to see them almost every day. Grateful.

I have three wacky, smart and loving dogs, one of which is the smartest dog in the world. Grateful.

I have a stable job, doing something I enjoy, with people I admire. Grateful.

I am relatively healthy and have four working limbs and most of my mental faculties. Grateful!

My life is full of crafts and hobbies that make me happy and keep my creative juices flowing. Grateful.

I have a home that shelters me and provides space for most of my books and a yard with a swing and room for my dogs to play. Grateful.

I have friends and co-workers who listen to my long-winded stories and don’t run and hide when they see me coming. Grateful.

I live in a time when I can share my Gratefuls with you, no matter how far away you are, and hopefully hear about your Gratefuls, too.

We are all so blessed, no matter what challenges we face. I am good at remembering that during the good times. I need to work harder to remember it during the hard times.

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