My brain just can’t take in the number of Covid cases in my personal world and the happy Facebook pics of friends on vacation (I am genuinely happy for you all! And praying you don’t get sick). So tonight, I’m making a grateful list, because Rabbi Saroken says it helps to ground us in the present and to feel some pieces of control in a swirling world that feels a bit too chaotic for me today. The key, Rabbi Saroken says, is to make your gratitude list very specific. So here goes:
- Ted Lasso. The happiest show. Just re-watched it last week when I was sick (not Covid). It’s just as good as the first time around. Prior to that, I loved Last Tango in Halifax, and of course Sex Education. Maybe I’m just a fan of British TV?
- Rom-coms. As Ted himself says, “I believe in Communism– Rom-Communism!” How many of you are watching Love Actually this weekend? C’mon, admit it!
- My wearable blanket and my weighted blanket. I only let myself indulge in this crazy comfort on Shabbat. Also, my Shabbat coffee mug- it’s beautiful and swirly, it was given to me as a gift from dear friends, and it doesn’t have a handle, so it needs to be cupped in 2 hands on a non-rushed morning.
- Black Cherry White Claws. the best flavor!
- Having the opportunity to help someone else. Just this week I had the chance to help out a few folks in a few different situations. It’s a blessing to be able to do it, and to know that others see me as the type of person who is reliable and can be counted on.
- Starting new books this week: Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart, The Still Point of the Turning World by Emily Rapp, and Count the Ways by Joyce Maynard.
- Celebrating the brilliance that was Joan Didion.
- This toy poodle (we’re dog sitting) that is sitting on my lap as I type this.
- Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast- my steady audio companion.
- My sleepy middle child, who each morning is renewed with delight when she remembers that we got a pandemic puppy (who is now nearly two years old).
What’s on your gratitude list today? Would love to see yours- post it in the comments!
And to all those in your world who celebrate- Merry Christmas. And in the words of Jamie Tartt from Ted Lasso- God bless me, everyone.