Gratitude Spiral: Day 94

Today, I’m grateful for hints of spring on Leap Day.

It’s early in New England for overwintering bulbs to be sprouting. But they are. And this early sign of spring might mean that gardening season isn’t far behind. πŸ™‚

What are you grateful for today?


Gratitude Spiral: Day 93

Today, I’m grateful for asparagus!

I never ate asparagus growing up, but it’s now become one of my favorite vegetables. A few years ago, I planted some among my strawberry plants. As I look out at my garden bed at the end of this warmer-than-average February, I’m wondering when those tender green spears will start poking through the dirt. It’s hard to wait. πŸ™‚

What are you grateful for today?


Gratitude Spiral: Day 92

Today, I’m grateful for access to good dental care.

Don’t get me wrongβ€”I’ve had my share of cavities, tooth abscesses, and root canals. But I still have a decent set of teeth, thanks to lifelong access to dentists. Those of us who’ve managed to keep most of our teeth for decades can sometimes take them for granted. But, really, what a blessing.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 91

Today, I’m grateful for this Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent.

I heard once that Lent means “lengthening,” as in “the lengthening of days.” The sun comes up a little earlier and goes down a little later each day. Spring is coming. And in this season of reflection, just as minutes and hours of light are added to the days, let’s all add some minutes and moments of kindness, compassion, and gratitude, as well. πŸ™‚

So, if you’re reading this, maybe you could leave a comment about what you’re grateful for today…

Gratitude Spiral: Day 90

Today, I’m grateful for my memory.

Memory is a tricky thing. Two people can remember the same event in two very distinct ways. Who’s to say whose memory is more accurate? Sometimes it’s hard to trust one’s own memory.

My mother struggles with hers. The doctor says it’s cognitive impairment and will get worse. I’m not wholly convinced. Maybe she’s just tired of trusting it. In any case, I’m thankful for my own memory and for the gift that it is each day.

What are you grateful for today?


Gratitude Spiral: Day 89

Today, I’m grateful for blooms in February.

This amaryllis, a gift from my mother, is brightening up my living room at the end of an unusually snow-deficient New England February. Its stunning red flowers make me smile. πŸ™‚

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 88

Today, I’m grateful for musically gifted people.

At least once a week, I sing with some incredibly talented women in an a cappella chorus. Then, at church, I sing with many dedicated choir members. And also at church, I get to play guitar with several multi-talented singers and musicians. What a blessing to experience their gifts!

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 86

Today, I’m grateful for motherhood.

On this 86th day of my Gratitude Spiral, I think back on the year 1986 β€” the year I became a mother. My life changed dramatically that year. Being a mother is not simply what I am, but it’s now part of the definition of who I am. Despite entering motherhood with blinders on (the way most of us do) and despite all the challenges, I love how it has shaped me. I’m forever thankful for the blessing of motherhood.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 85

Today, I’m grateful for windows.

Cold winter days, despite the occasional sunshine, keep me indoors where it’s warm. But that only increases my craving for the outdoors. My favorite window is the one above the kitchen sink. From there I can watch the birds at the feeder, gaze into the woods behind the house, and almost feel like I’m outside for a moment. And that will almost do ’til spring. Almost. πŸ™‚

What are you grateful for today?