Today concludes my sixty days of gratitude writing exercise.
Today is my 60th birthday.
I’m grateful to be here.
Ten years ago I wrote a blog post — Half Century Mark — articulating some of my beliefs. I ended that missive with:
Given my wife, my colleagues and my friends,
my roots, my parents and my upbringing,
my career, my abilities and my freedom,
my assets, my history, and my opportunities…
Yes. I’ve received much more than my share of good fortune.
I believe I am grateful.
In reviewing that post I note that while a few of my beliefs have changed, I’m actually somewhat surprised at how little actually has.
One of the unchanging things is the conclusion above, and that’s why this this decade I choose to focus on gratitude.
It’s too easy to overlook what we have. It’s too easy to take it all for granted.
My little writing exercise was, in part, just a writing exercise. “Write every day, dammit.”(*) But it’s also been an exercise in mindfulness; an exercise to work to improve my own appreciation of what life has given me, and my ability to remember to be grateful for it all, every single day.
I’m grateful to have been able to share that with you.
But, ultimately, I’m just grateful to be here.
I hope to be grateful for a long, long time to come.
(*) Full disclosure: because of a volunteer commitment these last three days of gratitude were pre-written four days ago and scheduled. Yes, I’ll be out stalking charity bike riders on my sixtieth birthday. It feels wonderfully appropriate.