Friday, August 7, 2020

"Gratitude is the memory of the heart." Jean Baptiste Massieu


Southwestern Pennsylvania has been blessed with hot and dry weather this summer.  We had had 12 days above  90 degrees, and many more in the high 80's with very little precipitation.  In fact, we are close to a drought, but having that extra roll on the golf course is worth it.

I am trying very hard to find things in life during the pandemic for which to be grateful.  Looking around, those things were so not difficult to find.

I am so happy that my knee is feeling better and I can play golf again.

I am so glad to see my golf friends.

I am thrilled that I refinanced my house at such a low rate.

I appreciate that my church has services online.

I am happy to live in a neighborhood where neighbors are more than neighbors, they are friends.  

Good weather makes me smile, especially since I have a convertible.

I have worked hard to lose 10 pounds. :) 

For the first time since I retired in 2011, I am grateful that I do not have to be in the classroom and/or teach online.  

We live in difficult times.  I am sad often, because I live alone, and alone has been tough for all these months.  But when I am sad, I reflect on all that I have.  A friend asked me how I am able to come back time after time, setback after setback, and the answer is this:  I practice gratitude.  Being grateful puts everything in perspective. 

Today would have been my 39th wedding anniversary, if only my beloved husband had not passed in 2012.  I am now and will be grateful forever that we had such a beautiful life together.  

Please hang in there.  Yes, the pandemic is difficult.  Please look around and find those things for which you are grateful.  It will help.  

Here is a picture of Scott and me - August 7, 1981.  We were 29 years old. 

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