It was a long winter (see how I used the past tense there? I’m really hoping spring is here). I didn’t find winter easy and I live in a house. I can’t imagine how much harder it would all be by sleeping outside night after cold night. I can’t imagine and yet I have many friends who did it. For some of my friends who do live inside, winter still served to further isolate, made it harder to get around and magnified challenges that already seemed only somewhat manageable.

I’ve been asking these same friends what they are grateful for. What are the good gifts that they have received lately?

In no particular order, here are some of the responses:

  • a good cup of coffee
  • a friend’s health is getting better instead of worse
  • a song that the jamming group played at the Monday Drop-In got people dancing
  • doughnuts as “large as my face”
  • a few weeks of sobriety
  • the sidewalk is clear and DRY
  • The Dale is becoming my family
  • people listened when I got so upset
  • I needed a blanket and out-of-the-blue someone actually gave one to me
  • I got a job
  • the sun is shining
  • I heard birds singing
  • I slept on a couch instead of in a stairwell
  • I was able to see an old friend
  • I’m still alive

Helps me keep things in perspective.

Now I’m going to pour myself a good cup of coffee, remind myself that I am indeed alive and make my own list.