Gratitude list PLUS a regular list 221104
List for 4 November 2022.
1. Our son, who helps take care of his disabled sister.
This is amazing when you stop and think about it, but most of the time I don't. How much does this add not only to the quality of life, but human flourishing in general?
3. Cell phone.
I was just griping about how the car would absolutely not connect to either of our cell phones this morning, and then I stopped and thought that it hasn't been that long ago that we had one phone in an entire household, tied to the wall. Heck, when I was a kid we had only one line for five or six families! Cell technology is amazing, and even if it wouldn't connect to the car I could still use the speakerphone and Siri to place a call safely while driving.
4. Leftover Halloween candy.
As slowly as we eat candy, this may take care of our sweet cravings for most or all of 2023.
Really. The convenience of this tool has been the tiny bit of nudge I needed to get creative again and start writing again after a long, dry spell. I have, like, 17 drafts saved for idea lists, and I'm writing again in other media. So in another way, I'm grateful to and for @JamesAltucher and @paolo .
6. Quiet time.
Unexpectedly, I have a couple of hours all by myself. I need alone time to recharge, and I seldom get it. I am very grateful for those opportunities. No radio, no YouTube, no DamnNoisyBox (also known as TV). When I can hear myself breathe, I can hear myself think.
7. A day of perfect weather where we are.
Sunshine, no wind, no rain, temperature around 70 (Fahrenheit).
8. That I've hardly used Twitter.
All kinds of angst going on around Twitter these days. I have an account, but I have seldom used it. I have thought that I should leverage it more, but honestly at the moment I'm glad that I don't really care what's happening with it. Maybe I'll delete the account. Maybe I won't. I don't really care. And for that, I'm grateful.
9. Nothing scheduled.
I have a lot on my todo list, but nothing on the calendar today. That feels so good!
10. Index cards.
If cell phones are amazing technology, I also appreciate the lower-tech and yet civilization-changing innovation of paper. In light of most of human history, the fact that I can buy a pack of 100 index cards for the cost of about five minutes of salary is stunning. But this is another thing I take for granted.