Gratitude Spiral: Day 81

Today, I’m grateful for the Great Backyard Bird Count.

People all over the world count birds in real time to produce a snapshot of the global bird population. This is the first year I’ve participated. Any excuse to just sit and watch birds for a while! Fun!

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 80

Today, I’m grateful for the gift of a great playlist!

My youngest daughter sent me a playlist of songs on Spotify that she picked out just for me. What a fun thing to do for someone else and what a blessing to receive such a gift!

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 79

Today, I’m grateful for February 14, 2020, the 50th anniversary of my first guitar lesson!

Sometimes, I think I should be a heck of a lot better at it, since I’ve been playing for fifty years. But I’m not. I’m an average musician who’s satisfied with the level I’ve reached and I’m ok that perfection isn’t my goal. Playing makes me happy — especially playing with a group of other musicians, making beautiful music together.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 78

Today, I’m grateful for my ability to understand math.

It’s not something that takes a lot of effort for me, in general. And I’ve been using that gift to help others since the time when I did peer-tutoring in high school. In fact, just yesterday, I took on a couple of 6th graders and “the order of operations.” I’m thankful that I still have the ability to make the subject a little easier for someone else. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 77

Today, I’m grateful for the Facebook page of the Contemplative Monk.

The man behind the scenes and his wife, too, have struggled with cancer and he’ll actually be going for another biopsy today. Through it all, he posts positive, hopeful, uplifting messages day after day. What a refreshing departure from all the negativity of Facebook and the world at large.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 76

Today, I’m grateful for the generosity of strangers.

This past weekend, I sang with my women’s chorus at a fundraiser for Alternative House in Lowell, MA. The venue was wonderful. A local caterer served delicious food, many donated items were raffled off, and plenty of volunteers made the whole afternoon run smoothly. All this was to raise money to help others that they may never meet. What a great reminder of the basic goodness of people! 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 75

Today, I’m grateful for salt.

I admit it — I like a little salt on my food. A dash of sea salt, or pink, just adds that extra something special. My mother would say I use too much of it. And she might be right.

In any case, I learned something new about salt during yesterday’s sermon at church. The phrase “salt of the earth” means more than I knew. The people hearing Jesus say “You are the salt of the earth,” knew that salt, added to the animal-dung fuel used for cooking, was a catalyst to make the fire burn hotter. So, to be “salt” takes on a whole new level of meaning. Food for thought!

What are you grateful for today?