Five on Friday - Five things I am grateful for this week, because there is still so much to be grateful for.
♥ I am grateful for the small handful of truly good friends that I have. Many of them I did not really even know until just a few years ago, and yet they have become my very best friends. One of them was merely an internet friend for many years, until by chance we ended up in the same place and decided to meet. Now she is one of my absolutely best friends and such a blessing to my life.
♥ I am grateful that a far away friend and former blogger responded to my emails after several months of no contact and seems to be doing very well, feeling very happy and life is looking up for her. In the midst of all the chaos that has occurred here on The Blog this past week it is good to hear that for some of the people who pass through this odd international community, behind the dark clouds is a silver lining and sometimes good people get a reward of some sort.
♥ I am grateful, I suppose, for the recent insights into some of the people I had once called my good friends, yet they were not and I needed to accept that and move on, cutting them loose and leaving them behind like an anchor stuck at the bottom of the ocean holding me in place.
♥ I am grateful for my health, such as it is. I have a family member who has struggled with increasingly severe health problems for over 10 years now. I have another who appears to have leukemia. As pathetic as I am, I have people in my workout class who can hardly seem to move their bodies at all, let alone keep up with the rest of us. I may be an athlete in sad shape, but I'm still an athlete.
♥ I am grateful that I live in a country that appears to be on the verge of waking up from a long drug-induced sleep before things get as bad as they have in England and France and Germany, where they waited until things were so bad that their leaders now face a monumental task in trying to dig their way out of a mountain of corruption, entitlements, taxes, and despair, and where the gap between their leaders views and their citizens views is as far as Heaven is wide. We may have an enormous problem here in this country, and we sure as hell do, but we are finally seeing leaders emerge and fight their way to the front to stand up and take control of this situation. We may get out of this yet, although there is still a long way to go and a lot of pain yet to come.
So I guess that's it. I had no idea what I would write when I started, and I sure as hell didn't expect it to turn out like it did, but I made it. I managed to find 5 things that I am grateful for. What about you? What are you grateful for?