Today I am grateful for times in my life when I felt on top of the world.
1. I am grateful for my High School Diploma, AS and BS College Degrees.
2. I am grateful for the experience that was 11 years as a bookstore manager.
3. I am grateful for my first published work, an essay, apparently first published in a Star Trek Fanzine then, much to my surprise, published in a mass market volume in a series of Star Trek Anthologies, in 1990.
4. I am grateful for my first fight by airplane, a trip to Phoenix, the first time I truly was, literally, “on top of the world” in my life.
(Series begins here = Daily Gratitude Writing Challenge Summer 2013 Preview)
5. I am grateful for the compliment given me by the rock and roll icon Alan Merrill, who called my riff on one of his most famous songs..."Funny! Clever and Inventive!" I am grateful for my health and physical well-being:
1. I am grateful that I can walk, despite the recovered broken right ankle, which doesn’t allow me to move as fast as I did before I broke it.
2. I am grateful that I can see, though I’ve had to wear reading glasses since age five.
3. I am grateful that the Vitrectomy performed on my left eye, last December, went well and I can see out of that eye again.
4. I am grateful that the surgeries performed, in April; on the small cancer in my right eye appear to be successful, though time will tell for sure, via follow-up exams over the next few years.
5. I am grateful that I can lose weight and that, having done so last year, before my eye issues began (From 206 to 186 lbs.), I know I can do so again (I now weigh 206 again!).
I want to lower my weight to between 170 and 180, which is more normal for a man of my height and build, a place I have not been in maybe 20 years.
I give thanks for my ability to cook for myself, though I’ve never done it near enough. I have a bunch of Crock Pot cookbooks, and a few other cookbooks that I once intended to use, but never got around to it.
I have hopes to begin to lose weight by returning to eating healthier, but cooking for myself more at home and by returning to regular, long, bike rides exploring Houston and Harris County.