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Each night when I lay my insomniac head on my pillow, I pray.

I’m not going to get into which God or which faith- which afterlife or which firmaments. I’ve learned not to discuss politics or religion in most mixed company. Seeing a wine glass shatter its red contents against a wall, just one time, was enough for this woman.

At the end of my prayers, I think about gratitude… A daily GRATITUDE List could be a universal panacea, in my humble opinion. Most of us are experts when it comes to whining, bitching and being dramatic. It can take a practiced hand to pen a score of our most blessed times or the wonders we experience.

On any given day, I script the pros and cons of each highlighted occurrence. On some days, the struggles are more numerous than the pleasures…And of course, vice versa.

Originally, my list was rather basic;

   Food                                   Water

Shelter                              Air

As time went on and I tried to be more abstract, I added;

Health                             Family

   Love                                 Animals

Friends                           Books

Recently, my insomniac mind became a bit more philosophical;

Nature                            Respect

Laughter                         Sunsets

Freedom                         Kindness

Further along the cognition stages, I’ve realized that the following are closer to my satisfaction;

Trust                              Serenity

Mindfulness                   Humor

Education                       Sharing

Tolerance                       Evolution

Try as I might, there was still an empty slot- that “AHA!!” moment when everything falls into place. The be-all of words that sums up ALL that I am grateful for…




No, no and no. Damn!


(That’s IT!!)


“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


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