Thankful Thursday: Resist and List

A heavily edited manuscript by John Dickinson, known as "Penman of the Revolution."
Oh, hello, it's Thankful Thursday. Again, already. Please join me in a weekly pause to appreciate life — from the petty to the profound.

On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for:

The first clutch of daffodils

Strong coffee & real conversation

Soothing classical music that plays while I'm on (terminal) hold with the insurance company

Skiing under a bluebird sky

Brave, a lipstick, and a critical tool in the fake-it-til-you-make-it approach to life

An editor who returns my work with pages of red-ink revisions

Online shopping, and the miracle of purchased items actually fitting

Pisces. Perceptive, creative, sensitive. Thankful I have so many good Fish in my life.

This practice of pausing for gratitude. At my most resistant, when I'm gloomy and frayed with the effort it takes to find a thread of thanks, it really is true that when I sit down and focus, gratitude gains speed and power. Inevitably, I find myself genuinely thankful.