- My brains, talent, and health are intact.
- I have a fabulous and supportive family, plus my parents are still alive
- Two wonderful 'adopted' boys are living with me - they need me and I need them.
- I've adopted a sweet, loyal, and loving dog.
- My once in a lifetime miracle job keeps me energized, interested, and interesting.
- Good luck comes my way time and again. (A local newspaper wants me to elaborate on an article I wrote for a university publication.)
- I have as many friends as I can possibly want.
Next week would have been my 35th wedding anniversary. I realized as I looked at my old wedding pictures with a niece who is getting married this fall that the happiness I felt on my wedding day remains undiminished. When I look at the ecstatic glow on that fresh young face I realized that no one can take away that wonderful memory. Just days after my wedding I moved to a new city, away from family and friends, and it took three years for me to become adjusted to my new situation. But adjust I did, and then happiness came my way again.
It's been almost seven years since my divorce, and the pain of that event keeps receding. Oh, sure I dread being alone in my old age, and I still have spurts of intense anger (witness the previous two posts) but marriage is no guarantee that your spouse will be around, no matter how happily married you are. So I am going to keep taking stock whenever anger robs me of my contentment. When I itemize all that I still have I realize that for the most part life is still good.