(1) I remembered to take my big cup with me to the 24/7 corner store when I went there to get my coffee this morning. This not only decreased the price, but greatly increased the amount of coffee I was able to fit in a single cup — since my “big cup” is actually a quart in size, hehe. Nice to be starting off the day with a nice big cup of hot coffee.
(2) When I came in last night from the cold, how great it felt just to be inside and be warm!
(3) Got up a little earlier this morning and did the entire wash. Felt so good to put nice warm clothes on.
(4) And I must say – my morning coffee options have been greatly enhanced since the days when, if I wanted a cup of coffee in the morning, I would have to — have to — have to . . . arrgghh. Let’s just not go there, okay?
(5) Moreover, in another minute or two, I’m going to take a shower. Once again, this is the first time since 2010 when I haven’t had to hassle with other men just to get a shower in the morning. It feels wonderful to have my own bathroom, and my own shower, once again.
(6) I can’t help but have noticed that I’m not as angry as I used to be, and that I’m also not as absent-minded as I used to be. Not only have I noticed this myself, but others have commented on it as well. This is a good thing, and a great relief.
(7) Got the Street Spirit check in Friday’s mail, along with a complimentary copy of the paper, including my article, “The H-Word” (heavily edited, but hey – they spelled my name right.)
(8) The weather, though cold, has been incredibly gorgeous lately, with brilliant sunsets and sunrises, during both of which all the runners are out, in rare form. And I will soon be among them. :)
(9) This gratitude list seems to be working fairly well, even though it’s the first one I’ve made since last Monday. I think I’ll start making them every day again, and see if my life improves as much as a lot of spiritual people say it will.
(10) Something uncomfortable happened at Mikey’s the other night when I was having dinner there; and I ran into two of the youngsters, good friends of each other, the one Italian guy who’s always smiling, and his friend the bass player. I don’t want to detail the exact essence of the discomfort, but suffice it to say that the bass player was turning to me for support in a certain issue — as a young person will often turn to an older person whom they respect. But instead of support, I smirked with cynicism – as an older person will sometimes do, forgetting who he’s talking to at the moment.
May I always remember that the youngsters look up to the older sorts, and if they see something in the older person that they think is admirable, they will turn to that person as a role model — especially if they are lacking other adult role models in their lives. May I never forget this. 1 Cor 10:23, Ephesians 4:1, and a bunch of other Scriptures come to mind. (To my mind, anyway) . . .
I may be too old to seek out an “older role model” — but consider that if Jesus rose from the dead, and is still alive, that Guy would be over 2000 years old by now. Can you imagine all the insanity He’s seen go down, by now? And while Christ may be intangible on the worldly plane, I can still read His words, and seek His Spirit where it may be found. Not all of those words are lost on everyone. May they not be lost on me.
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