Has it all been luck? Is it just coincidence that I've weathered so many storms and never lost my home, my ability to feed my children, my ability to see clear skies ahead? Having a large, mostly affluent, and very generous family has been a big part of survival at times. Being smart and resilient and able to find some source of income has helped. I can write and manage and speak and think, and I'm not too proud to clean toilets and scrub floors when necessary. And yet, there are people with as many assets and abilities who still lose it all and end up alone, sick, homeless, hungry.
My one commitment in life has been to never, not for one second, take my blessings for granted. I'm disabled, financially insecure and living mostly on public assistance, and still my cup runneth over. We've been able, miraculously, to keep our home. We're never hungry. The kids are laughing at this moment. We have the luxury of considering internet access a necessity. (I could live in a box, as long as I have wifi!)
What if all the details and loved ones and financial miracles hadn't come together? I could so easily be that woman I visited with on a rainy Christmas day when I was handing out soup on the street. She sat on the steps for an hour, grateful for someone to talk to more than for the hot food. She had family, she said, but her sister had given up on her and other folks were far away and out of touch. She had been able to get a small amount of medical care, but there was no help for her teeth. Never take your teeth for granted!
This is a blog about food, people, and life observations. But mostly it's about gratitude. This place, this time, these resources are magical. Great things may come, but it's always important to notice and appreciate the tiny moments. I hope you'll share yours with me.