Thanksgiving ReadsPosted: November 25, 2021
I hope you all have a very pleasant day with family and friends or alone if that’s what you prefer. I have spent many Thanksgiving Days by myself and have been grateful to be able to do so. I usually get really stressed out over “the holidays,” and I guess that’s beginning for me today. I’ve been stressing for a couple of hours about getting this post up, and I’ve finally decided to just post some links to interesting articles.
I’ll just say that I’m very grateful today for my sobriety. I got sober on May 10, 1982, and it turned my life around. After a few years, I decided I didn’t want to work as a secretary any longer and took a big risk by leaving my job at M.I.T. without any definite plans for the future.
I went into therapy and dealt with some difficult issues. In time, I was able to return to college and finish my undergraduate degree. I’ve never been happier than when I went back to school and immersed myself in the joys of learning. I loved it so much that I decided to apply to graduate school. I was accepted to a PhD program at Boston University and eventually got a doctoral degree in psychology.
Now I’m retired and struggling with some health issues, but basically I’m quite happy with my life. I still enjoy writing for this blog even though we aren’t as active as we once were. I still feel connected to the people I’ve interacted with here over the years. Writing these posts gives a bit of structure to my days.
I’m grateful to have a nice apartment in subsided senior housing and I’m so grateful that now I can spend so much time reading–something I’ve loved doing ever since I was a young child. I’m grateful to have some family nearby–my brother and sister-in-law and my two nephews. Those boys gave a purpose to my life and I will always be grateful that I was able to spend a lot of time with them and watch them develop into fine young men.
There’s much more that I’m grateful for in my life, and I trace it all back to that long ago day when had a true “spiritual awakening” (as they call it in A.A.) and I “just knew” that I would never drink again. At the time, no one who knew me believed it, but I was right.
Happy Thanksgiving, Sky Dancers! I love you all.
Now for some interesting reads:
Arthur C. Brooks at The Atlantic: How to Be Thankful When You Don’t Feel Thankful.
Liza Featherstone at The New Republic: America, Rediscover Thanksgiving’s Radical Past. “Gratitude” has become a vapid buzzword, but being grateful can be a revolutionary act. Just look to Lincoln and FDR.
The New York Times: Three Men Are Found Guilty of Murdering Ahmaud Arbery.
Guest essay by Dante Stewart at The New York Times: I Was With Family. Suddenly, a White Man Appeared with a Gun.
The Washington Post: How the events unfolded at Waukesha parade.
The New York Times: Trump Investigation Enters Crucial Phase as Prosecutor’s Term Nears End.
Dan Vergano at Buzzfeed News: Murder Is A Leading Cause Of Death In Pregnancy In The US. [Warning: Vergano refers to “pregnant people” in the first paragraph]
I wish the news were more cheerful, but that’s the world we’re living in. I’m still choosing to have an attitude of gratitude today.