In the midst of shelter in
place due to the
coronavirus, Iím grateful that the news media is putting so
much of their
attention on positive things, like the many ways in which
people are helping
Iím grateful for people who
post beautiful pictures of flowers, and for people who post
things that make me
Iím grateful that so much
information is available Ė thereís a lot that isnít known,
but whatever is
known is easily available Ė
and Iím grateful that I can
turn the news off when I want
Iím grateful that I donít
have any medical issues, so I donít have to spend time at
the doctor or hospital.
Iím mildly depressed, but Iím grateful for
the knowledge that depression is normal under the
circumstances, and for the
knowledge that I will get through it.
Iím grateful that I donít have school-age kids
who donít have a school
to go to.
Iím grateful for relative
financial stability Ė I need to find a part time job, but if
it has to wait for
a few months, it wonít be a disaster.
Iím grateful that Iím not a health care
Iím grateful that I donít need to
Iím grateful that I donít need
to ride the bus.
Iím grateful for
Al-anon and my other 12 Step groups which have taught me to
take care of
Iím grateful that my various
support groups are learning how to meet online.
Iím grateful for Zoom, for Facebook, and
for friends who call
just to chat.
Iím grateful that the
stores I use are doing everything they can to keep their
When I originally wrote this I was
for nice weather so I could go for a walk every day Ė it was
mild even when it
Now that itís gotten
warmer, Iím grateful for air conditioning.
Iím grateful for clean air Ė it was
amazing, how quickly the smog went
away after people quit driving because of shelter-in-place.
Iím grateful for my neighbors and for
people in the stores, all of whom are polite about social
Iím grateful to my friend who had a
container of disinfecting wipes.
grateful for my hoarding tendencies, which are the reason
why I have a box of
disposable gloves (which I hadnít used for 20 years).
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