March crept up on me. I was so captivated by the cold days of February that I almost allowed the pages of the calendar to turn unnoticed. That would have been a shame. I’m still plugging away at my 2022 blogging challenge. Each day I am discovering new ways that my life is blessed. Despite all the tragedy and drama in the world, I am discovering I have so much to be thankful for in my life. The trick is to find those blessings in the mundane. I start my day searching for moments of appreciation in my life. The events or things might seem small and insignificant, but they add up to a giant pile of blessings. I’ve never attempted to express gratitude as the primary subject of my writing. This post covers day seventy of my 365 days of thankfulness.
Day Seventy of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
On day seventy of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful we bought two fuel-efficient cars the year before we retired. I drove a twenty-year-old vehicle that wasn’t exactly a gas hog, but Rooster persuaded me I needed to do an upgrade before we started having mechanical problems. He convinced me to buy a Chevy Spark. A few months later, he was at the dealership for an oil change and traded his car in for a second Spark. The trade gave us two newer, gas-efficient vehicles for the price of one. We wouldn’t have bought the second car if we’d seen COVID and retirement up ahead. To make a long story short, we managed to pay off both vehicles in a short period.
While sitting at the gas station today, I thought about how lucky it was to make that decision. We don’t own a vehicle that gets less than 40 miles a gallon on the highway. Even then, it cost us almost 40 dollars to fill up the tank today. I don’t know how we could have afforded to put gas in a gas guzzler. I know the current policy is for everyone to have an electric car, but a compact car is the best we can do for people on my rung of the economic ladder. I feel fortunate to have my little Chevy Spark.
This old lady speaks….
This old lady’s opinion is thanksgiving is a matter of choice. Even in the darkness, we can choose to seek the light. My blessings may not be the same as yours because I’m old. I bet if you dig deep, you can come up with something to be thankful for today. Part of the problem with modern life is we neglect to see the small things that make up our common human experience. Thankfulness is an adventure we can all enjoy together. Would you please leave a comment and share with me some of the things you are thankful for today.
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