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!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gratitude Journal – Prompt #8

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30 Days of GratitudeDay #8 – What book are you most grateful for?

One of the advantages of the 30 Days of Gratitude Prompts is that they help us realize how lucky we are. Here in the United States we have easy access to books and reading materials of all kinds. Public libraries offer residents a wealth of resources: fiction, non-fiction, reference, periodicals, newspapers, manuscripts, maps, CDs, DVDs, and the list goes on. The First Amendment guarantees our right to read whatever we want; the government cannot choose for us through censorship.

I developed a love of reading as a child that has stayed with me into adulthood. Once again, when asked which book I’m most grateful for, it’s difficult to choose only one. I’ve read so many that delighted and enlightened me. Between many text books, Bible stories, leisure reading, and others, I’ve learned a lot about life. 


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One of my earliest favorites was Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. I saw the movie when I was ten years old and read the book a few years later. The dramatic courtroom scene left a lasting impression that shaped my feelings regarding race relations and equality. It helped me realize that some people are unfair and dishonest, while others are trustworthy and believe in justice for everyone. Atticus Finch, the children’s father and attorney fighting for a black man wrongly accused of rape, became one of the best known protagonists in American literature, as well as my hero.


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Because of my age at the time, I identified with the children in the story: brother and sister duo, Scout and Jem, and their neighborhood friend, Dill.The storyline had quite an impact on me. It takes place during the Great Depression and I was fascinated by the world they lived in. I also enjoyed watching how they entertained themselves and interacted with each other and the adults around them. The reclusive neighbor Boo Radley mystified them and was subject to their wild speculation. Convinced that he would harm them if given the chance, they learn a valuable lesson about judging people based on unfounded fears rather than facts. 


The memorable characters and compelling storylines made this novel the classic that it is. I absolutely love the book and movie version and am thankful for the wisdom and sense of justice it taught me. I’m a better person for having read it and that’s truly something to be grateful for!

Carpe diem!