Gratitude

"One act of thanksgiving made when things go wrong is worth a thousand when things go well."

 –John of the Cross


Rather than hope things go right, we just assume they have.

  • Losing my favorite travel mug in Chicago
  • T-boning a Subaru wagon on Ventura and Whittier
  • Portland anxiety
  • Vancouver anxiety
  • Alastair’s dire forecast of my four-day drive (he was right)
  • The motley community of Instagram
  • The silent scorn of Imogene + Willie
  • Not knowing where I was going to stay in Maryland
  • The terrifying curves of the Cumberland Gap
  • Talking to Tim at homecoming weekend
  • Those weird Jakarta cigarettes
  • Calling Andrea for advice
  • Overstaying the hourly parking limit in Georgetown
  • Having no money to spend at The Coupe in Columbia Heights
  • Running out of stevia
  • Losing all my travel notes when updating my iPod
  • The feeling of being a burden
  • Getting drunk in Brooklyn
  • Frankenstorm
  • Letting the battery go dead in Providence
  • My parents’ six weeks in Africa
  • Reaching critical mass of awkwardness
  • My hair getting so shaggy
  • Stiffed on a place to stay in North Carolina
  • Hitting a deer on Rifle Range Road
  • The attention of Chelsea H.
  • The uncertainty of Wendell Berry’s mailing address
  • Pushed to the last minute with my November deadline for Converge
  • Letting the battery die in Chattanooga
  • Stiffed on a place to stay in Nashville
  • The imminent end of my first client’s company
  • Breaking down in Yuma, three hours from the end of a four-month circuit
  • Sharon’s bad attitude
  • “Nobody wants to read that kind of thing”
  • Mrs. Jewell’s ambivalence
  • The “welcome home” party
  • Letting the battery die in Los Angeles
  • A week-long migraine in Franklin
  • Clients who verbally overcommit
  • Two weeks of rain and cold in the middle of May in Bloomington, Ill.
  • Emotionally dropped from the editorial team
  • Losing my turquoise ring in Chicago
  • Two weeks of overdrafts in Bedford, NH
  • Shara Lee leaving Converge
  • The General’s being declared a “salvage,” and the ensuing debacle of reregistration
  • Not being able to leave Québec for 2 months
  • Sole. (Thank/damn you, Wellness Mama.)
  • Uncertainty of where to stay in New York City
  • The question of the Phoenix job offer
  • School loan in arrears (and getting really hot around Thanksgiving)
  • Not seeing Leticia in Lancaster, PA
  • Losing my pearl ring in Belmont, OH, and then my leather ring in Kingdom City, MO
  • The General’s headlights going out four hours outside of Portland, OR.
  • Janet’s bad attitude.
  • The inexplicable block against going to LA before going back to Phoenix.
  • Losing my pearl ring (again)
  • Getting truly and soundly shafted by the client in Georgia
  • The General’s starter going out.
  • Hurt feelings in Santa Fe
  • The Colorado affair
  • Clipped by a semi truck outside Sinclair, Wy.
  • Not hearing back (until too late) from the people in Boise, Id.
  • Troy (in Rufus, Or.)
  • The Gordian knot of being in love
  • Getting screwed over by the Carlsbad ad agency