Tonight I want to share a list of goodnesses which I have experienced this week.  I cannot figure any other way to stay true to this mission right at the moment, so, here goes:

  1. This afternoon the office assistant where I work successfully organized, copied, and timely mailed a huge stack of strange forms in a file on which I’m trying to accomplish something that I’ve not done here in California.  It took me quite a while to determine the appropriate process.  It required five different forms, all of which had to be copied multiple times, sorted, and served.  Her effort truly demonstrated her awesomeness.
  2. The orchid plant on the reception counter at the office has two delicate lavender blooms with several more buds.  I enjoy watching the unfolding of the flowers each day.
  3. I needed a change in medication and I succeeded in getting what I needed after only four days of effort.
  4. My blood level for this month hit a near-perfect mark after several months of chaos.
  5. The manager of the Park carried some packages to the car for me even though she has no obligation to do so.
  6. We had several sunny days, balmy and pleasant.
  7. I got an actual letter from a friend — with a hand-written envelope, even!  In the mail!
  8. I watched a small group of sandhill cranes flying over the Sacramento River, majestic and regal, rising on the afternoon wind.
  9. A blue heron lingered in a nearby spillway long enough for me to get several clear photographs.
  10. The new medication has begun to abate the symptoms for which I needed it.
  11. I won a game of Yahtzee on Sunday and enjoyed playing with two of my neighbors, along with a five-year-old girl who managed to keep us all in high spirits with the intensity of her concentration on rolling. (“Be quiet, I’m trying to think about sixes,” she told me.  Adorable!)
  12. Several clients of the firm for which I work expressed gratitude for my efforts on their behalf.
  13. I awakened every morning so far for the last sixty-three years, five months, and two days.

It’s the seventh day of the sixty-second month of My Year Without Complaining.  Life Continues.

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