(1) I was able to finish the remake of my new speech last night, even though it kept me up till 4:30 in the morning. Grateful for the space and privacy to do such things without disturbing others, or being disturbed.
(2) Jan loves me.
(3) A great way to overcome the bitterness of a troubled past is to indulge the blessings of a promising present.
(4) Somebody made a nice, detailed comment on my piano playing over the weekend. Grateful to have been trusted enough to be given a key to a church building with a Baldwin grand piano. There was a time where any effort to play a church piano was met only with concern over “insurance issues” — implying, of course, that I was the type of guy that would do damage to the property.
(5) Nice strong coffee. Grateful to have my own place of residence and my own coffee-maker. There was a time when the only reason I went to a 7am A.A. meeting was because it was the only way I could figure out how to get a cup of coffee in the morning.
(6) It was suggested last night that every morning when I wake up, I can “dedicate the day to God.” It took a while, but I’m thankful to have done so.
(7) Glad to hear that the heat wave will be over on Thursday, which is great timing, since I get paid on Friday. Thankful for the promise of double blessings, back to back.
(8) Happy to have heard from Alistair Boone, the new Editor-in-Chief of Street Spirit, with the news that I’ll be kept on as a regular montly contributor, in the wake of Terry Messman’s retirement.
(9) Extremely grateful to no longer be homeless in the San Francisco Bay Area. I honestly thought I would never be able to live indoors again.
(10) Extremely thankful for the State of Idaho, where my experience has been that people treat each other decently and respectfully — like equals. Thankful no longer to have to be lectured, ridiculed, dimissed, ostracized, vilified, and looked down upon as though I were not even fully human. It is incredible to no longer be regarded as a piece of worthless homeless scum. Thank God for my new and remarkably better life. I never dreamed it possible — He loves me, after all.
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