Counting Blessings

It’s hard to count blessings these days. The feeling of doom pervades the air. The political situation, the dying environment, the horrors of income inequality. Everything feels like suffering, not like something to remember to be grateful for. The only way to maintain a degree of sanity seems to be to disconnect from the outside world and go for a walk in the sunshine.

Please use the open space below to share your first 50 words on the topic “counting blessings.”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

3 thoughts on “Counting Blessings”

  1. Maria has been counting her blessings this evening. Yesterday she learned that one of her oldest and dearest friends who has lung cancer is now faced with “mets” that have gone to her brain. Her friend will be having radiation to her brain sometime this week. They say that bad things come in threes. A few days before Maria heard about the spread of the lung cancer to her friend’s brain she received a letter from her eye specialist. The eye specialist is in her late forties. She is an incredibly intelligent and caring eye specialist who was written up in one of the top U.S. magazines. In her letter she explains that she will have to early retire from her medical practice due to a diagnosis of Lyme Disease. Both she and her teenage son were diagnosed. She writes that she can barely lift a sheet of paper. Maria has been aware that her eye specialist’s husband has been battling jaw cancer for quite a few years. What will the third new thing be this week? All of this does enforce how fortunate Maria is and she does count her blessings despite her own physical decline and her husband’s. It could be worse.

  2. There are too many things to complain about personally, worldly you name it.. Unfortunately for many the focus is on all the things going wrong and that is depressing. Then the topic “Counting Blessings” appears and it makes you think. You have a choice.

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