Is life perfect? Certainly not. Am I merely reveling in lavishness abounding? Nope. Am I without struggles and trials? No way. And… today I am grateful. I am grateful for my husband who is playful, creative, and always growing. I am grateful for my son, who looks at the world from a totally different box. I am grateful for my daughter, who handles others with such care. I am grateful for the amazing people that make my work so interesting and rewarding. I am grateful to have walked along side another human as she passed from this life, as we know it. I am grateful for my friends and family who encourage me, listen to my thoughts and contentions, and speak such kindnesses to me. And I am grateful that my brain and body are allowing me to connect with feelings of gratefulness! I hold onto them gently, knowing that they may pass. There will be days ahead that I am not able to connect with gratefulness. I don’t lament or reject those days – I know that they serve to deepen me and my experience, and to deepen my ability to appreciate gratefulness. Today, I will enjoy these feelings.