Happy Valentine's Day to all. Yes, I know it's just a Hallmark card profit center, but also, it reminds us to pause and be grateful for all that IS good in our lives. There are people who love us, whom we love, there is enough to eat today, shelter, good friends, we are upright and still alive, our dogs and cats think we're AWESOME, and right here, today, the sun is shining after months and months of dreary cold, bitter cold. There is a lot to be thankful for, even as...times are still tough and will be tough in the days ahead. No Pollyanna here. I KNOW there is so much pain, grief, shock, anguish, disappointment...should I go on...even to be felt and noticed today. There is fear. Fear is the most crippling emotion of all, I believe. Just for today, let's make a gratitude list. It can be short. It can list just 2 or 3 or 5 things we can think of. Mine is this: 1. I had 12 donut holes today instead of my usual Friday 6, in honor of Valentine's Day. They were GOOD! 2. The sun is shining, and the sky is blue. 3. My older son's birthday is today, and he and his fiancee are on the way here to stay for the weekend. 4. I have a loving SO who gets me, gets my situation, and is infinitely patient and kind as I continue on this journey of change. 5. I have so many dear friends---including those whose real names I don't even know right here on this site. I think we all need to take a cruise together! There IS hope. God is in charge. Let's let him. Just for today.