Thursday, November 28, 2013


I've spent this month contemplating gratitude, writing a few sentences daily about what I'm grateful for. I've tried to keep it thoughtful and honest. I've tried to avoid being superficial, or obvious. It's not easy. What I started to notice was that I felt like I was circling back on a theme of recognizing how fortunate I am in this world. I kept thinking of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

I am fortunate. No matter how I feel, no matter what I desire, no matter what. I am fortunate. This month has had me thinking about the basics. All of my problems, all of my miseries are only possible because I am fortunate. When I look at the pyramid, I see that the base is food, water, warmth, and rest. I have all of these at my disposal. Some, in such excess that I can afford to throw them away. I look at the full pyramid and realize that as an overall state of being, all of my needs are met and I have the opportunity to focus on achieving my potential. That's a damned good place to be.

So, I may not be rich, or have the best clothes, or the exact body I want...there are many things I want or don't feel like I have enough of, but I do have everything I need. This is my luxury, this is my wealth, this is my fortune.


cereal, berries and peaches
 mushroom risotto, squash and cauliflower
savory chicken, chicken soup sauce, squash and cauliflower


cereal, peaches and fruit cup
 BBQ with rice and beans, corn and fiesta mix veggies
lasagna, mixed veggies and fiesta veggies


pasta fagioli, corn, peas and peaches


eggs, sausage, potatoes and fruit cup
 Greek salad
Caesar salad
skirt steak, potatoes and root veggies
 green beans
flourless chocolate cake


pizza and peaches
BBQ chicken with rice and beans, green beans and squash


cereal and peaches
 cheese ravioli, corn and mixed veggies


cereal and berries
Chinese take-out


steak strips, green beans, corn and berries


cereal, berries and fruit cup
really bad cafeteria Chinese food and squash
 OK pork gyoza
 Oh. My. God. Amazing kimchi pancake!
Pink Floyd Maki and Summer Maki


eggs, potatoes, sausage and kielbasa
Cheeseboy's The Gobbler!


savory chicken, mixed veggies
Thanksgiving Dinner!!!!!

turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, gravy, squash, green beans, and peas
pumpkin and pecan pies

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