My gratitude list has changed significantly since my trip to India.
I’m thankful for clean water, sanitation and a really nice roof over my head.
I’m thankful for potty pads and poop bags and all the things that mean we don’t usually have to dodge pet waste when we walk.
I’m thankful for refrigeration, pasteurization and all the things that keep our food safe to eat.
I’m thankful for excellent medical care and the means to pay for it. And I’m thankful that I’m healthy.
I’m grateful that I was born into a family that made education a priority and that I never wanted for a single thing.
I’m grateful that I was able to make my own way in the world and a pretty good one at that. So grateful.
I’m grateful for a vacuum cleaner instead of a rough, hand-hewn and ineffectual whisk broom. Ok, hell, here’s the truth: I’m grateful for the women I pay to clean my house and that I have the means to pay them.
I believe in reincarnation and after spending most of November in India, I’m grateful that I lucked out in this lifetime and was born in the modern West.
I’m grateful to be an American, not in the silly, knee-jerk, chest-beating, flag-waving way but in a quiet way that appreciates the parts of our society that work.
Yes, I’m grateful. This year, I’m damn grateful.
If you’re grateful for some of the same things, I hope you will do something for the homeless this season. Here are a few easy things we can do:
- Find a sale at Kohl’s, Target, Old Navy or anywhere and buy warm sweatshirts and sweatpants to donate to a group that helps the homeless.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen or some other place that needs help.
- Collect or buy blankets and towels and donate to an animal shelter for homeless dogs and cats.
- Adopt a shelter pet instead of buying one.
- Write a check
Here’s what I’d like to know: what single thing are you most thankful for today?
I’m thankful for YOU, and I’ll be drawing one winner from today’s comments. They’ll get a little gift in the mail.
So share: pick one thing you are super-thankful for and tell us what it is in comments below.
And thanks for reading!