Today, I am grateful for laborers--skilled and unskilled--who make my life easier. The garbage collection employees; the UPS man; the auto mechanics; the check-out clerks; the people on the other end of the line at the bank or insurance companies; the road repair workers; the spiritual laborers who pray and teach and lead in our churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples and prisons and streets; electricians and plumbers and carpenters and others who make and keep our houses sound; the air traffic controllers and pilots and flight attendants and mechanics who help us fly around this big blue marble; the teachers who share their knowledge with people of all ages; writers who share their stories and words; government workers at all levels who deal with the frustration of bureaucracy daily; the men at Salvation Army who take donations and always give me a "Bless you and have a wonderful day!"
Today, I am grateful for time spent with family, even when the smaller family members complain "I don't WANT a book night!" and 'NOOOOO!!!!" when we tell them what we're doing.
Today, I am grateful for benadryl. Uh-huh.
Today, I am grateful for this Chinese proverb I saw on a friend's Facebook status: "Better do a good deed near home than go far away to burn incense." It fits perfectly with another friend's link on FB that puts very clearly into a tidy list my feelings about toxic religion: The Warning Signs of Toxic Religion.
Today, I am grateful for a community's response to tragedy when we lost a five-year-old boy in a horrible accident. May his family feel God's grace and comfort surround them at this time and always.
Today, I am grateful that friends and family and even strangers can talk to me in their troubles. What a blessing it is to listen, a labor of love that's hard sometimes and sometimes ever so easy. I am also grateful for those who listen to me. We're all connected, aren't we?
Today, I am grateful to be able to say to you, "Bless you and have a wonderful day!"
What are you grateful for today?