After some weeks of absence, I finally have the time to do another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Artsy Reader. Coincidentally, the theme for today is
November 24: Thanksgiving/I’m Thankful for… Freebie.
We may be divided in a couple of topics but there is a sense of unity about the chaos that is 2020. It is, however, I believe not a year lost. For me, it gave me some time to pause. To reflect and find (consciously) things that I should be grateful for despite and in spite of the longing.
So here are tiny but essential things that kept me breathing:
1. I am grateful for the publication of my third poetry collection: In Three Lines (short poems) and to those who have gotten their copies.
It is a collection of more than 100 three-line poems about life, love, and everything in between. From classic haikus, little senryus, and free verses, this book of poetry is a respite amidst the chaos of the human heart.
2. I am grateful that I have Scribd. Scribd is an e-book and audiobook subscription which allowed me to read as much as I want. 🙂
3. I am grateful for the reviews I received for my second poetry collection Poems for S: perhaps volume 1.
If you love writing poems like me, then grab this book for inspiration and get you to write even more.
Reading Poems for S was like being a third wheel (in a good way) on the author’s journey of love. I was tagged along smooth roads, hard curves, and even bumpy roads where you’ll realize that love is indeed sweet, kind, patient, and sometimes scary and hurtful. I like how these feelings were written, and how she immortalized the person she wrote these poems for and the love they both have for each other.
I also appreciated how the author showcased different poetic forms and even defined and explained them at the end. A goody to all readers who want to write poems.
For me, this book deserved five stars for a writer who was honest and brave to share her love story.
4. I am grateful for Sara Bareilles’ songs. She has released an album this year and again, her lyrics and voice felt like a warm hug.
5. I am grateful that this year has proven productive for my reading-self. My Goodreads challenge is quite an evidence:
6. I am grateful that I am blessed to still have a job which I really care for and truly enjoy.
7. I am grateful for Facetime, Skype, Messenger and the existence of the internet. These platforms, albeit the “data harvesting” proved to be essential for my 2020 survival.
8. I am grateful for the moments when I was able to fry a perfect fish fry (among the dishes I can now cook).
9. I am grateful that even when I lost a dear loved-one this year and a few friends had COVID, in the end, our family and friends are safe despite the distance.
10. I am grateful for the husband God has given me. He picked me up whenever I stumble. He provided hope when mine is drying. He is quick to count the blessings when my eyes are blurry with tears. He is my anchor. He is my steady fortress. He is my heart’s home, albeit far.
Bonus: I am most grateful for the faith instilled in me since I was a child. Because of this faith, I have hope. And indeed, hope is a thing with feather. It can keep you afloat despite the weight you carry.
What are you thankful for?