But from this experience, there's renewed gratitude for those things so often taken for granted, so please indulge me as I offer thanks to:
The Cuisinart coffeemaker who exists to serve me rich, fabulous, fragrant, steaming coffee exactly when I want it.
The St. Croix Prescott EXL pellet stove with its sweet little Queen Anne legs and dancing fire that warms us to our very bones.
The well pump, to whom I've never been formally introduced but nonetheless showers us with...um...showers, not to mention freely running water from every sink tap, never asking anything in return.
And let me not forget the computer & internet!!! I can live without TV or radio, but pleeeasssseee don't take away my internet connection! Thank you, Al Gore, for inventing the internet, thank you to Bill Gates and all those geeks (said with utmost respect and gratitude) who have given me the world at my fingertips!
Hey, I'm grateful for all those things that the Universe offers so freely and lovingly--Earth to hold us close, Air to give us wings, Fire to warm and inspire us, Water to sustain and carry us. But let's give a round of applause to the little things that make daily life so much easier and allow us the time and space to be pioneers on the frontiers of mind and spirit.