There are many perks in my life for which I give thanks and then there are some that make everything right in the world during the moment I am enjoying them. I'm wondering what a few of those things – five to be specific – are for you.
Hmmm. I'm currently reviewing the perks in my life and paring them down, as I really don't have a choice. Yet I realize I'm still privileged compared to most people in the world, and even in the United States. So I'll try this.
1) In my new pastorate, I get Continuing Education time and funds, and that will allow me to go on the Big Event 4 in a few months. Being with old friends and meeting new ones means a lot each year, and feels especially important this time.
2) I've been divorced from The Father of My Children for many years, almost 14, and we have managed to practice co-parenting very effectively. My ability to do things like go on a cruise or volunteer in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina has been in large measure due to that cooperation we have cultivated. I'm grateful that even though we didn't live together well, we can manage our two-household family kindly and generously together.
3) On a micro level, I like my coffee maker! I drank really good coffee at home this morning, out of the same mug in the picture.
4) I've been very blessed to have a consistent helper at home for many years now, who I refer to on my blog as the Domestic Goddess. She comes for four hours every other week and does a quick brush-up in an hour the other weeks. I hope that's a perk I can manage to maintain. It's a boon on many levels, particularly the way she presses the "Reset" button on LP's room every Friday.
5) I live in a small city that has the cultural amenities of a larger one, is on the coast and in view of beautiful mountains. Our city is full of well-maintained parks and trails (for people and dogs). I live on a lovely, dead end street, with an esplanade of maples. I bought my house before the market surged in the late 1990s. I couldn't ask for a better location…if only some of my friends lived closer.