I have been struggling with inertia, feelings of hopelessness, and general apathy. Thanksgiving made me aware of my resistance to the whole idea of being thankful.
Why do we have to be thankful on demand? Why can’t we just wallow in bitterness and despair?
My Thanksgiving turned out to be a happy one, by the grace of friends who cook and play guitar. I even made a festive centerpiece. But three days later, I’m still coming across lists of Things To Be Thankful For. I just found one with a full 100 things that some idiot or group of idiots managed to compile.
Number 1 is :
Your health- because it’s one thing that you should never take for granted.
Really? I thought health was the thing you turn to when you can’t think of any other reason to be grateful, a last resort and kind of a bitter pill. “At least you’ve got your health.”
Number 4 is “scented candles”. Hahahaha! Jesus. In my world, that would come right after paved roads.
“Friends” come in at Number 15. Oh well.
Number 32 is “Free Shipping.” LOL! Actually, free shipping is a good one, I’m going to make it number 10 in my personal hierarchy of gratitude.
Number 65 is:
A cup of really good coffee.
Clearly these philistines know nothing about coffee.
Number 85 = Hummus. Whereas “Art” is Number 91.
I have to admit this list gave me some good laughs, so I need to put “stupid lists” in my top ten. Let me change my mind about the Thankfulness thing and offer a list of my own. I hope it’s clear that I’m making all this up as I write, okay?
9. Stupid lists
10. Free shipping.
Anyone want to share their own top ten? Or to fill in my seven and eight?