Today is a day for gratitude. Everyday is that day, of course, but today, gratitude is on my mind and heart.
It’s Friday! That means less to me than it used to, as I work more incrementally across the full week now. But today is a day I carved out for thinking and writing (this is not full-on writing–this is essentially long social media posting).
Here’s why I’m grateful today:
- Tomorrow I will have been married 28 years. Longer than the Maryland cicada brooding cycle. Longer than you’ve probably owned a vehicle, or perhaps three. Not as long, however, as the Simpsons have been going strong. Still, a good showing. We will celebrate in grand fashion by being states apart, as Eric drives our youngest back from Minnesota, land of a trillion lakes and summer road construction. Interesting fact: two of our vehicles sustained hail damage this summer, but in different states. God is a wonder. And he is most wonderful in connecting me to Eric. I am so very grateful.
- I get to work in cool venues–a traditional office, the Baltimore Pratt Library, any number of coffee shops, and my condo (probably my favorite venue). Depending on my work for the day, I can choose what fits, to make me most productive. And sometimes nap.
- I get to do work I care about, even though that work is so painful right now. However, painful or not, work one cares about is such a great blessing. Those of us who have soldiered through work that means nothing to us or others know how soul crushing that can be. Be thankful if you have this gift, even when you want to cry.
- I so enjoy our change of residency–the City is for us, and we are for the City. I loved our little house in the ‘burbs, and I thought I’d miss it, but you know what, now it is just a great little house that once was our home. It now is home to a new family with three little ones, and my “little” ones came downtown with me. I miss it not at all, and that is a big surprise. I am especially grateful for the time I had to pick up a package that was delivered to our Lutherville house some months ago, and I worried it would be sad. It was not–I saw a new family in that house and it all seemed right–and I had the gift of knowing I wouldn’t be sad early on in the transition.
- A new service opportunity has arisen for me, within walking distance of my condo, and I’m excited for that.
- I am grateful for a faith community that nurtured me for 18 years and prepared me for this move. We are still exploring but we are grateful for God’s placement of us in Baltimore City.
- I am grateful for great family, including of course all my parents (my dad is still with me), my two girls, brothers I’ve been with from birth who have figured in my fiction writing heavily, and new siblings too.
- I’m grateful for rejection. It teaches us something, whether it is people rejecting us, providing us an opportunity to love in response to rejection, or a publisher who provides a polite “no thank you” to a written submission. It fortifies us.
- Coffee! My stomach seems to tolerate it better recently. I know that is fleeting, but while my gut lets me, I will be grateful.
- Last, but not least, I finally have an appointment with the Apple Genius Bar to get the “E” key on my MacBook Pro fixed. I hope my writing does not suffer from a new keyboard, lo these many months of learning how important the letter “E” is in the English lexicon.
Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.