The obvious thing I’m grateful for is heat — without more soot. I’m also exceedingly grateful that the blocked chimney didn’t cause a fire. And as I go through the house cleaning, I see how very much we have to be grateful for.
Which leads to the less obvious thing I’m grateful for: the soot is making it much easier for me to say, “This has to go” — whether for papers I’ve kept just in case I needed them, books I’m never going to read or reread, or clothes that I’m done fooling myself I’ll ever fit into again. Not all of this stuff needs to be thrown away; some will be recycled or given away. But all of it needs to go away, and I’m in the right frame of mind at last to do that.
What are you grateful for today?