Gratitude Journal – Prompt #10

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30 Days of GratitudeWhat taste are you grateful for today?

I feel inclined to use a metaphor for Day #10 in the 30 Days of Gratitude  prompts. The word “taste” implies the flavor of something perceived by the mouth or tongue (i.e.taste buds.) 

However, after carefully tracking Hurricane Matthew for several days and hearing that my family in Florida came through safely and with minimal damage, I’m grateful for the “taste of good luck.”

Is there such a thing? I’ve heard of the taste of success, so why not?

Many people rely on religion and prayer in the hope of achieving a desired result. Faith offers strength and sustenance to those who believe that all things happen for a reason. However, after reading When Bad Things Happen To Good People my views changed a bit. 

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This book was written in 1981 by the Conservative rabbi Harold Kushner and dedicated to his young son who died from progeria, an incurable genetic disease. In this book Kushner addresses the conundrum of why an omnipotent and loving God allows so much suffering in the world, particularly by good and decent people.

His answer to this philosophical question is that God does his best and is with us through our suffering, but isn’t fully able to prevent it. 

And that’s where luck comes in.


Now, I realize that many people of faith won’t accept this analysis. But, it brought great comfort to me in 1983, at a time when I doubted God’s love. Yes, the book questions his omnipotence, but offers an explanation that makes total sense to me. In exchange for absolute control, he offers us free will, to make wise choices and repudiate sin. And sometimes, bad things are simply random events that do happen to good people.

God doesn’t pass out x number of malignant tumors each month or hand pick certain children to die in a bus crash, while others survive. He waits alongside us, to support and lift us in our times of grief and despair. That’s a God I can believe in.

While I’m grateful that my own family came through safely, my heart aches for the people in Haiti and the other Caribbean countries. They live in poverty on their best days. The devastation that they’re facing is unimaginable and the death toll is over 300. Here in the States, 32 people died and property damage is estimated at $6 billion.

In an effort to show my gratitude for the minimal effects Hurricane Matthew had on my loved ones, I’m going to donate something for those suffering the greatest. I can’t give as much as some people, but I can give something

Let’s all think about what taste we’re grateful for today and if you’d like to help the victims of Hurricane Matthew, you can donate here.

Carpe diem!


 

 

 

 

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Gratitude Journal – Prompt #9

 

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Day #9 – What place are you most grateful for?

30 Days of Gratitude

In answer to the question for Day 9 of the 30 Days of Gratitude challenge, I’m going to choose my bed. I know that sounds like a strange choice, because we don’t think of our beds as “places.”

But, I didn’t sleep well last night and am thinking about how comfortable it is and how it’s the one place I’d like to be right now!

Waking up at 4 a.m. is a symptom of menopause and growing older. Until my 50th birthday I slept like a rock. When I did wake up (for whatever obscure reason) falling back to sleep was effortless.

Not so these days. But, it got me thinking of how lucky I am to have a bed. Many people don’t. When thinking about poverty, we tend to focus on the big stuff, like food, water, and housing. But, there is so much more that these folks live without. In most developed countries we don’t see the extremes of scarcity that less industrialized nations have.

There are varying degrees of destitution. The children on the left have mats in what appears to be an indoor structure. The Syrian refugees on the right, having to flee their homes, are forced to sleep outdoors. And, there are many other people who don’t have proper clothing or are as well fed as these youngsters.

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Apparently, having a bed is considered a luxury to many, as are the countless other advantages we enjoy. 

So, when I climb into bed tonight I’m going to say a prayer for these people and remember to be grateful.

Carpe diem!