34. Ga – gratitude lists
The rest of the day had been long and disappointing. That night at the gym, I picked a difficult course on the stationary bike, knowing a good workout always lifted my mood.
The bike’s screen filled with images of a mountain trail. A group of computer generated cyclists raced ahead of me on the course. I peddled furiously, muttering insults as I passed each one. The guy on the bike next to me got up abruptly and left.
I switched from insults to a consonant/vowel combination gratitude list. Quietly I said, “Ba – bagels, salt bagels and peanut butter, mmmm. Be – my friend and sister Beverly. Bi –binges I didn’t go on anymore. Otherwise I would have been throwing up over the handlebars. Bo – boxers, great dogs, I was sorry the one next door was moving. Bu – but I had my own dog. By – good to say ‘buh bye!’to people I wouldn’t miss. Bl – Blondie, my daughter, fierce, determined, kindhearted, and forever my little girl. Br – Brat Boy, my son, funny, considerate, and loving.
By the time I got to “Zo – zombies, glad they’re not real” I was almost done with the course and in a great mood.
Today I will put together a really long gratitude list.
Sober Not Somber © 2015 by Ken Montrose
(Just a reminder: Sober Not Somber is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to anyone you might know is purely coincidental.)