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I’m going to approach this post a little differently.  Let’s do this in list format, okay?

  1. I am grateful for my health – both mental and physical.  Despite the after effects of hypothyroidism requiring surgery, osteoarthritis of the spine with other complications, and costochondritis, I am still among the healthiest when compared with friends and loved ones.  I’m not as crazy as some of them, either.  Tee hee!
  2. I am grateful for my family and friends.  Never has there been a more motley assemblage of individuals, but I love them all.  Special shout-out to Miss E., who is recovering beautifully from a recent surgery.  I hope to be able to visit her very soon.
  3. I am grateful for my ambition.  I have personally seen the lives of people change for the worse because they didn’t go for what they wanted.  They were content to allow Life to pass them by without making any effort to make things better.
  4. I am grateful for my imagination. Not a day goes by when it’s not used in some capacity: whether I’m working on my novel or the blog.
  5. I am grateful for disappointment.  If not for that, I’d have no idea of what I should appreciate and look forward to.
  6. I am grateful for fear, sadness, and anger.  These powerful emotions usually serve as a catalyst for me to do better, which puts the situation in reverse.  I was afraid to publish anything and turned that fear into motivation.  I was sad because my job situation was less than ideal and I was being unfairly treated, so I started to look for and then found something else.  I was angry that someone else’s actions caused me to be placed in an uncomfortable environment, which motivated me to look to change that environment.
  7. I am grateful for my mistakes.  There is always room for objectivity, logic, learning, and self-improvement.
  8. I am grateful for the, “little things.” A smile, word of encouragement, a brief note to let me know I’m being thought of – all of those mean more to me than I, even as a writer, can accurately express.
  9. I am grateful for being proactive. I’m not one that someone has to lead or tell to do something.  I often manage to figure things out on my own.
  10. I am grateful for my growing fan base. Now that Duality has been published and I have an active presence on social media, I’ve been able to meet and exchange ideas with like-minded people.

We’re a mere days away from ringing in another New Year. I can still remember the promises I made to myself as 2017 faded away, and now I’m living with the fulfillment of those promises. Even better things will happen for me in 2019 – and I can’t wait!