Dear Gratitude Journal :

For most of my adult life, I didn’t pay much attention to President’s day. The first real long-weekend after the Holidays was more of a reprieve from work than a remembrance of Presidents’ past. Today is very different. Washington’s great contribution was to refuse the monarchy for the republic; Lincoln’s died trying to hold the union together while battling a bunch of white supremacists. I’m very grateful for them. It will never be just another holiday anymore. I’m grateful for the collective sigh of relief and noticeable lack of anxiety everyone seems to be feeling. And, I’m grateful for the big drop in Covid cases and deaths. I feel we may have rounded the corner.

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Dear Gratitude Journal :

I’m grateful for a cloudy, quiet Monday where I was able to accomplish what I needed without any additional inconvenience. It’s the best you can hope for any Monday. I’m grateful for a huge drop in political drama. It’s nice to see news about other things and other non-political people. We all need a broader view; there’s many important things to think about. And, I’m grateful for my cordless vacuum. Truly a great invention.

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Dear Gratitude Journal :

This has been a busy week, and it’s hard to believe that we are ending January. I’m grateful for the progress I’ve seen from the administration on climate change. I don’t want to keep living through horrible fires and floods. I’m grateful that winter has arrived in SoCal. It’s good to have small seasons; the plants need to sleep. And, I’m grateful for all the very cordial and kind people I’ve spoken to this week. It certainly makes the days much, much brighter and easier when you interact with happy people.

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Dear Gratitude Journal :

I’ve slept very well these past few days, and I’m grateful for the hopefulness and optimism I feel. I’m grateful my knee has recovered from it’s short-term injury. Walking cannot be over-estimated. I’m grateful to finally get some rain. And, I’m grateful for all the Bernie memes. I think we’re all ready for much lighter political humor.

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Dear Gratitude Journal :

My cultural anthropologist friend reminded me of the importance of ceremonies and rituals, and how they bind us to each other by reaffirming our common values and destiny. I’m grateful for her insights, and also grateful that not everyone is a business major. The world needs artists, musicians, cultural anthropologists, and poets, too. I’m grateful to finally turn the page on our long national nightmare. I slept well, and it was nice to awaken to news about reality. And, I’m grateful for fish. It’s easy to prepare, you really can’t screw it up, and it’s good for you.

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Dear Gratitude Journal :

There isn’t anyone who doesn’t feel a good deal of worry and trepidation as this week begins. I’ve grown weary of worry and trepidation, which is why I am so grateful that no matter what else transpires, this week will bring an end to the Trump presidency. I’m also grateful to have an administration that will focus on Covid, not on golf and tweets. I’m grateful GPS is on our phones. And, I’m grateful to all the troops who are protecting and defending our country, our Constitution, and our democracy against this horrible man and his mob of terrorists.

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Dear Gratitude Journal :

I know I speak for everyone when I say that I’m very, very grateful for a peaceful day. I’m grateful to have Trump banned from — and his Bots scanned from — social media. You want to be a bad-ass and overthrow the government? Don’t expect the government you’re trying to overthrow to GAF about your “right” to Twitter. I’m grateful for the FBI – never thought I’d be sayin’ that – and, despite it all, I’m grateful for social media. It’s shown the best and the worst of us. I’m determined to focus on the good stuff.

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Dear Gratitude Journal :

With so much sickness and death, I feel almost ashamed to express gratitude for how lucky I am in this moment, but I suppose this is the time for all of us to remember how much we have. I’m grateful stores have better self checkouts. The fewer people who touch my stuff the better. I’m grateful hardware stores are open. Its important for the people in the trades to work, and for people to be able to fix things. And, I’m grateful for my government.

The end.