Gratitude for all the good in the world

I’m thankful for Nelson Mandela, and the changes he brought, the example he gave all of us. When he was ill a while ago, when people thought he might not make it, I realized for the first time that he wouldn’t live forever. No one does, but it was hard to think of the world without him. But his courage and his work live beyond him. I carry that with me, and I’m thankful.

I’m thankful for this time–scarce as it seems some days. (How does that math work? Shouldn’t I have more time?)

I’m thankful for the chance to see friends I haven’t seen in months or even years, to catch up in person. I’m thankful for lunch with my former team–so good to see people. The people were one of the best parts about my job, and who would want to lose that?

I’m thankful for some good sleep.

I’m thankful for time with my daughter, trimming the tree together.

I’m thankful for another letter from my son.

I’m thankful for all the people connecting with me on LinkedIn, and I’m thankful for everyone’s encouragement.

I’m thankful for two phone interviews!

I’m thankful for the basics, like shelter and heat. I think about the people without power after the winter storms rolled through the Midwest and the South, and then I think about the people who struggle to keep the heat on in normal winter weather. Heat, potable water, affordable food, thank you for all of it.

Open the door. Open my heart.