#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

A Skiff of Snow

We got a couple of inches of snow during the night–it is lovely. Yes, I am actually enjoying it. I can even say I appreciate it. (I appreciate, for instance, that it is not a blizzard. Last year, we had five FEET of snow in the month of December alone.) Alas, the rain is already beginning, so it will melt away.

I have decided that “appreciation” will be my watchword for 2010 and beyond. Of course it’s easy to appreciate the obvious blessings–personal freedom, family and friends, critters and books (writing them AND reading them) and good health–or it it? I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to take a lot of things for granted. It’s something I want to change about myself.

Anyway, I am challenging myself to be thankful for the annoyances and the delays and the frustrations as well as the stuff that makes a cowgirl say “Yeehaw!”

For instance, I gained a lot of weight after quitting smoking last June. How do I embrace being too fat with appreciation (zounds)??? Well, to start with, it’s been almost 6 months and I’m smoke-free. I don’t cough and choke and constantly wonder when I can have my next cigarette. As for the food issues, well, in most of the world, getting ENOUGH to eat is the main consideration. How much snivel-room is there, really, for living in a part of the world where so many of us have TOO MUCH?

Yes, I plan to take off the weight. I’ve done it before, and I can do it again. Only this time, I’ll be BOTH slender AND a nonsmoker. :)

Stay tuned.

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