The List

I've come to see a few things recently.  One is that columns have turned into lists - rather than stringing paragraphs together with thoughtful prose, we separate things out and slap a number in front of the idea.  This is how readers read and writers write. 

Here's my list of things I'm grateful for today:

1.  The Pope's visit to America.  The second best thing about his visit is that Brian Williams was back on TV.  I love, admire, adore Brian Williams.  A story got exaggerated - not my concern.  As the child of a story exaggerator, I see how it happens.  I have no judgement, just pure love for B-DUB and am thrilled he's back on TV.  And if you read this story, you'll see I'm not alone in my pure happiness about his return.

2.  Podiatrists.  I had my first visit to this line of medical business.  And I left with one less toenail.  It's been janky for a year now - falling off, trying to regrow, falling off.  Today, the doctor pulled the thing out so we can start anew.  He also said no exercise for a few days (total bummer) and that I need to rest and drink wine.  Well, maybe not so much on the wine.  But we all interpret things in our own unique way.  I am hoping that YOU are grateful that I'm not posting pictures of the pre-surgery digit.

3.  My job.  We've been doing a lot of fun things these last few weeks.  I've been at it for a year and some months, and I feel like I've finally hit my stride.  All this week we were filming for a fun video and doing door-to-door work. Being out of the office and directly working with the public is absolutely thrilling. I love them even when they're a challenge and argumentative. Finding ways to educate and inspire people is an uphill battle, but incredibly rewarding.  I know we are doing good work - that we are making the world a better place.

4.  Writing.  I'll be taking time every day to write what I'm grateful for.  I need to change my life and so I'm challenging myself this: 1. Be grateful and recognize it 2. no complaining.  My life is amazing - beyond blessed and it's time to start accepting it - with the grace of a lady and not begrudge it like a spoiled brat.  You are, of course, welcome to join me in this challenge.  

Enjoy the ride.