So, this post is an unplanned and temporary detour from the series “What People are Afraid to Ask the Mentally Ill”.

Growing up, I watched the movie “White Christmas” with my mom every year.  Once the movie ended I often found myself wanting to turn on some music and dance.  As a kid, I took dance classes for many years, I wasn’t very good at it, but I enjoyed it.  I’m sure you are wondering why I’m talking about a Christmas movie in August, you see, in White Christmas there is a song about counting blessings instead of sheep.  (The youtube video below shows the song I’m talking about).

While my current move, broken car, and odd behaving cell phone (all of which happened at the same time) have not been keeping me up at night, I am certainly feeling overwhelmed and ready to throw in the towel.  I found myself thinking about how I should be happy about this new house.  I wanted it so badly and it really is a lovely place.  I have just been too focused on the small details to really enjoy it.  So, I have decided to do as the song says, and count my blessings (I am using blessings in a non-religious context).

(These blessing are in no particular order)

  1. I am a home owner
  2. My new home has a screened in porch which I love.
  3. My cats are adjusting to the new house and are relatively healthy; they are also some of the sweetest cats anyone could ask for.
  4. I enjoy my job.
  5. My job lets me telework at least 1 day each week.
  6. I get along well with my boss and co-workers.
  7. I was able to get a college degree.
  8. I have the use of all of my senses and limbs.
  9. My family is caring and we get along with low drama (Husband, parents, brother, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law)
  10. People were more than willing to help with the purchase of this house in any way they could.
  11. I have been sober for 2 years and some months (and counting)
  12. I was able to go to a good rehab to get sober.
  13. I have found great mental healthcare providers (therapist and psychiatrist)
  14. I have found a pharmacy where the people know my name and are friendly.
  15. I have a car to worry about.
  16. I have money in the bank (though quickly depleting)
  17. I can sleep with the windows open now and hear nature instead of traffic.
  18. I live in a country where I can vote, and as a woman I am allowed many of the same opportunities as men.
  19. I have been able to be a vegetarian for 15 years and counting.
  20. The internet is working in my house (finally)

I could keep going, I could count things like air conditioning, healthy teeth, and having a fridge that makes ice, but I think 20 is a good place to stop.

What are some of your blessings?