In a month when the people are being bombarded by either rainstorms or else scorching heat that could melt you to the sidewalk, I thought it would be a great idea to step into the air-conditioning, take a deep breath, and come up with five more “good things,” for which to be grateful.
1) Electricity. It isn’t until we get a bad storm and the power goes off that we realize how dependent we’ve become on it. And, the longer the power outage lasts, the more we miss it, as we go around flipping light switches that don’t work and longing for food we can’t cook. Yes, power is a great thing and I never take it for granted.
2) Your special chair. You know the one I mean. It’s the chair, probably in the living room, that opens its arms wide to you, no matter how the rest of the world feels about you. Mine is a black leather recliner, which may not be considered a “feminine” chair, but, since I’m the Queen of My Castle, it’s my throne. This is the chair into which I drop when I’m physically exhausted from working around the house. It’s the chair into which I cuddle to read on a rainy day or to watch a movie in. It’s my little sanctuary from the storm. If you don’t have a relationship with a good chair, you really should develop one!
3) Good conversation. There’s nothing like chatting away with a good friend and losing track of time. This past week I had two lunches with two different friends and it made me realize how much good conversation feeds my soul.
4) A good hairdo. This is primarily a female thing. As a woman I’ve been subject to all kinds of hairdos and have spent many tear-filled hours bemoaning bad ones. Fortunately, I’ve found a good one and a stylist who can maintain it and I know how lucky that makes me. In just the past week I’ve been stopped four times in stores or restaurants by someone wanting to know who does my hair, so I think this particular hairdo is working for me. It’s unique in that it’s long in the front and short and stacked in the back. Having in the past gone through “bride of Frankenstein” looks, I consider my present hairdo a very good thing.
5) Peace. This does not refer to world peace. I’m not idealistic enough to believe that we’ll see that in my lifetime. I’m talking about those periods in life when you don’t have any horrible things going on. You’re not fighting through a big family drama. You’re not struggling with a negative medical diagnosis. You’re not having financial problems. You’re just living your life with a minimum of stress. This may be the best of all five things. These periods are precious and are meant to be cherished. And I wish this kind of peace for all of you reading this today.
So? Are these good things for you, too? Do you have some other ones to contribute? As usual, the comment section is just waiting for you!