Some Of What I’m Grateful For

To be even aware, to be grateful.

For waking up every day feet firmly on the floor, regardless of how I feel.

That I can still run in my 6th decade alongside nature, my truest companion.

Reading as a major part of my life…still curious, still amazed at all I don’t know.

My love of words…writing…prose spawning on the page, knowing how lucky I am to enjoy it so much.

Self-control so not to kill all the people who drive me crazy with their lack of consciousness bumping into walls as they go…too often bumping into me.

Animals in my midst and their owners who kindly share them.

The breeze sweeping through my apartment making it feel as I’m sailing, the wind at my back.

That I can afford such a pretty place with sunlight and charm, it’s walls resounding with those who came before me.

Going back into a 12-step group where I’m accepted for just who I am…no more, no less knowing life will get better if I sit and listen.

My friend Ed who never lets me down, who, when I ask anything of him always cheerfully chirps…it’s my pleasure, really.

David, who feels like the brother I never had…

and Mazzilli, my lifeboat when the sea misbehaves, who I can count on without explanation, riding in like the cavalry.

The hearing I still have…the eyes of a kid, as I’m told…a healthy body still running, while my heart remains open, beating like a drum.

And to think, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

It takes my breath away, reminding me how lucky I am to be here, with all of you.



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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25 Responses to Some Of What I’m Grateful For

  1. micklively says:

    ……and how blessed we are to have you. Thank you.

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  2. Alva Chinn says:

    Susannah, what a perfect post that sweeps away the negativity that is so pervasive that sometimes I wish a tidal wave would sweep out to sea and then off the planet entirely. In the meantime, I shall take many breaks from what is trying to my own consciousness and pray that it and the chaos that surrounds will no longer enter my field. Bless you for the reminder!

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    • You know Alva, when things aren’t going too well in my life, like now, I stop and take stock…it’s the only antidote for that fear and despair that shows its ugly head when you least expect it.

      Thanks for writing.


  3. Hi Susannah,
    It is indeed great to stop and take stock of how blessed we are and say thanks. I am grateful for all my blogging friends, and that includes you.
    I love your succinct and to the point style, something that eludes me. More times than not you say exactly what I didn’t even know I was thinking.
    Thank you! Keep going, knowing you are blessed and loved by people that don’t even know you personally, but know your heart!
    Keep warm! Blessings! 🙂

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  4. What a positive post! I am grateful to have a skinny friend in NYC who I feel I know so well yet never met.

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  5. Wow, thank you Susannah. That made my day. I am very grateful for you too.

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  6. Wow! What a marvelous list of things to be thankful for! I’m going to read them again, because I admire you so much. It has been a privilege to get to know the writer-you who tells us about the compassionate-you with the heart as big as all outdoors.


  7. Your words are a beautiful breath of fresh air on this cold Wednesday morning, and the comments made it even brighter. I’m thankful to have you in my life for a multitude of reasons. Like Kate said, “I am grateful to have a skinny friend in NYC who I feel I know so well yet never met.” Now I understand how prisoners fall in love with their pen pals.

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  8. skinnyuz2b says:

    And I’m thankful having you to start each morning with. I was down for the count with the flu a few days , but I’m bouncing back now. Thanks for the reminder to take stock of the good in life instead of focusing on the negative.

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  9. My Dear, it is we who are so blessed that you share your life with us.

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