Love livin’ life with an attitude of gratitude. It’s easy to get bogged down with silly day-to-day minutiae, and having an attitude of gratitude helps keep things in perspective and focus on the positive stuff. Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to record and reflect upon the kindnesses, delights and blessings that have come your way. Here’s my gratitude journal for this week:

• I am grateful to have worshipped for Yom Kippur in a place that is spiritually meaningful to me, surrounded by those I love most in the world. The service was peaceful and contemplative, and the music was magnificent.

• I will never forget the pure giddy elation in my dad’s voice when he called to share fantastic personal news. It was joyful to be able to celebrate and debrief in person the next day, and see him still in “pinching-self” mode.

• Loved looking around the big round table overlooking Lincoln Center plaza Sunday night and seeing my handsome guys, all neatly coiffed and sporting blue blazers, enjoying an extravagant birthday feast. The conversation is so interesting among them, and to see a kid who had a limited culinary repertoire eat an appetizer of tripe and follow it up with oxtails was a foodie-parent’s fantasy!

• So glad to have the opportunity to share Matthew’s story with his current team of teachers. To understand his journey is to meet an inspiring young man who works hard every waking moment to beat the odds. To watch his teachers’ faces as they discover the inspiring backstory of the curly-haired boy in the first row with the cochlear implant is powerful.

• Pedicure. Happy feet soaking in delightfully warm water. Nuff said.

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