Usually, I'm not absent for four days, like I have been. But, I give myself credit. Few bloggers write 802 posts in less than three years, which is what the innkeeper has done in 34 months. That's twenty-three and-a-half entries each month, on average.
My Gratitudes for This Lovely Evening:
1 I was gifted with a lovely surprise this afternoon. It's lovely being valued.
2. My oldest son's birthday is this Thursday. He has been a gift in many ways. I'll enumerate upon some of them in the following gratitudes.
a. I've learned responsibility, being a dad. Along with it has come innumerable blessings, joys and treasured memories.
b. My son, Pablo Jr., is one of my best friends. And, I'm one of his. That's a privilege. I value the in-depth conversations we have, and his intensely practical wisdom. He increases my effectiveness and adds clarity in areas where I don't have a clue.
c. The miracle of seeing a child grow into manhood, and doing well, gladdens my heart. I have hope for the future. The circle of friends that he hangs out with lets me know that conscientious, hard-working, intelligent, kind, caring, responsive people are filling the ranks of a succeeding generation.
3. I've written my second poem in three months. It had been years since I put passion to paper in this way. It is a terrific challenge. Better, I like how it is a gift I can share with another.
4. I had a fulfilling conversation recently, much better than normal---my needs were met. I was happy the friend I was with was able to hear me and respond to my vulnerabilities.
5. I visited with someone that means a lot to me. Uplifting it was. I'm always happy when I celebrate life, which is what happened.
How About You?
What are your three gratitudes for today?