Here There Be Gratitudes

December 30, 2017

Billie and I have a tradition. Every new year’s eve, we look back and list our gratitudes for the past year. Sometimes we’ll also look forward and do goals, but it is the gratitudes I enjoy more. It is a way to shape the year gone by with a positive spin, and focus on the things that brought learning, meaning, and value.

Here are some (not all) of mine for 2017 (I’ve omitted the more private ones).

This year, I’m grateful for:

  • You, for being part of this email thing. I’ve received so many lovely and encouraging responses, and every one makes me want to keep going, Which I will.
  • New music, which brought new joys. (Want a weird one? check out Festivalzeit (Apple Music) by Losamol Mundart. Did I mention I have a penchant for German pop and rock? This one is a bit more rappy, but catchy.)
  • Books, which also brought new joys. (I wrote about this last week.)
  • The various activists who made their voices heard, whether for marriage equality in Oz, a better deal for animals everywhere, or standing strong against dumpster fires.
  • Tamsin and Cheryl for being my first readers, and their great feedback and encouragement. If you enjoy what I bring out next year, you’ll have them, in part, to thank.
  • The self-publishing community, for being so generous with their information and support.
  • Vego bars, for being chocolate and vegan.
  • Podcasts and audiobooks for bringing me so much entertainment and information.
  • The artists who inspire me, like Aaron Sorkin and William Gibson.
  • Apple, for releasing the iPhone X and giving me a bit of delight back in the phone experience.
  • Every drop of rain that fell on our place. Every blade of grass that grows.
  • The animals who share our lives, for their inspiration and showing us there are other ways to be. Also, some of them are really characters and crack me up.
  • And always, always Billie and Tamsin, for sharing my life. I look forward to 2018 with you.

I invite you to join me in this tradition of gratitudes. What are some of yours?

Fellow human, I wish you blessings of the new year, and I’ll see you in 2018.

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