Hello there and happy Friday,
Can you believe we are already in November? I sure can’t since it feels like May. Where has time gone? I believe it’s so true that the older I get the faster times seems to pass. Perusing Facebook gave me the idea for today’s post. I’ll preface my comments by saying first that every day presents with a reason to be thankful. However, since Thanksgiving is this month, I thought I’d write down 30 things I’m thankful for in no particular order.
- Another day to be alive: with all I’ve put my body through, I’m blessed it’s still good to me.
- My daughter: she truly continues to transform my life.
- Family near and far
- Sighted friends near and far who get blindness and believe in my abilities
- Coffee for early mornings and just coffee in general!
- The ability to freely write the randomness that is my brain on this blog and in other places
- Music: it’s my outlet when I don’t have the words to put to how I feel
- A crisp page-turning hard-copy Braille book
- Food: although somedays we have a love/hate relationship, it nourishes my body and fuels my mind
- Braille: those little six dots have changed my life and opened up worlds of literacy, adventure and excitement
- This week’s few days of warm temperatures: being outside basking in the sun and feeling the warm breeze was glorious
- My iPhone: Samantha is my girl! She’s my book player, phone and so much more!
- Social media: I’m able to keep in touch with my friends all over the country
- Warm socks for cold days
- A merciful God who cares about and loves me despite my flaws
- The slate and stylus skills I learned at the Iowa Department for the Blind: if it weren’t for learning the slate and stylus, I wouldn’t have my current side project
- Friends in the NFB and ACB: both consumer organizations do their unique parts to change the playing field for the blind
- Networking: it’s a wonderful way to get to know new people and possibly find fulltime employment
- Alternative techniques of blindness: whether it’s through labeling, organization, or improvisation, these skills have helped me become an independent, confident person
- Getting together with my MSW ladies this evening for dinner and girl talks
- Adoration: sometimes silence and being in the presence of Jesus is what my soul needs
- Chocolate chip cookie dough ice-cream: need I say more? Nam, nam!
- The tough life lessons I’ve learned through experiences have shaped me into who I am today.
- My social work degrees from Ship and Temple: I’m thankful I’ve finally found a profession I’m passionate about
- Old-time radio shows: I enjoy listening to the past through drama, suspense and mystery programs
- While I see nothing wrong with being deaf-blind, I am thankful for my remaining usable hearing
- Feeling overall content and happy with life
- Dachshunds: our silly dog is such a funny, yippy little clown
- Catholicism: through learning and reading, my faith has been enriched and continues to inform my life
- The ability to attend next weekend’s NFB state convention in Wilks-Barre: I look forward to catching up with friends, being empowered by the organizations positive blindness philosophy and learning about the recent legislative/advocacy projects
That wasn’t as difficult as I originally thought! Now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for?
Until next time,