Sunday, March 20, 2011

Little and Big Gratitudes

A blog that I frequent that is focused primarily on picture books makes space every Sunday for readers to list seven gratitudes. My seven for this week:

  • Modernity. That whole situation in Japan is tragic and scary and sad. And it could have been so much worse if Tokyo wasn't full of buildings designed to withstand earthquakes. I am grateful for modern medical science and food science and strict building codes and for the complex web of global interdependency that gives me nutritious foods to choose from and protection from most of the diseases and hardships that most humans that have inhabited this planet have had to endure. Not to mention washing machines and pressure cookers and hot water on demand for hot baths and showers.
  • Philosophers. I like puzzling over human behaviors, motivations, and the mysteries of the universe and I recently enjoyed reading The Happiness Myth by the brilliant contemporary philosopher Jennifer Michael Hecht.
  • A quiet home. Well, to be honest, we can hear loud noises from the gym down on the bottom floor. But what I'm grateful for is that my best mate hates TV as much as I do, so we don't have an incessant, annoying background noise in our home.
  • Weekends.
  • Shared dreams. My best mate and I don't have any elaborate life goals, just a simple and modest plan. We are going to buy a house and enjoy living together until we become old geezers. And then we are going to enjoy being old geezers together. About one month ago I realized how incredibly good it felt to have this shared dream, but then I immediately felt terrified, because WHAT IF OUR DREAM GETS INCINERATED? But then I remembered that we've been happy together for almost two years and that we're both pretty self-aware and that you can't know anything for certain, but that we've built this relationship on things that last, like a solid friendship, and honesty and compatible senses of fun and humor. And so now most of the fear is gone and I'm grateful that we plan to have a happy, peaceful future, together.
  • Spring
  • A decent raiding guild.