Thankful Thursday 2 September 2021

I can’t believe we’re in September already! I can’t believe that in 4 months I will be opening Happiness Box 2021! While it’s not as filled as 2017-2019, it’s a bit more fuller than 2020’s. I didn’t get to the level my Happiness Box is now until November 2020. While we are not out of the woods yet, I’ve been able to do some things I couldn’t do last year.

I’m waiting on my NYC photos to arrive. Once they do, I’ll add the envelope to the Box with a note of the contents. I don’t feel like taking those paper bags (the leopard print one, and two brown bags) out. I bought some postcards in Manhattan, Coney Island, and Brooklyn, so I put a note in each bag with the postcard.

I have a lot to be grateful for this week. I love my new job and the people I work with. I feel very lucky and it’s a great feeling. It’s nice to have a job one loves.

New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania were walloped by Ida. New Jersey and New York declared states of emergency; parts of Montgomery County, PA were going to and I imagine Philadelphia will be as well. I’m thankful that where I live wasn’t touched by tornadoes and we had minimal flooding.

Since we were unscathed, I will be donating goods to local charities, to help those who lost everything in the storm. I am grateful that we were spared and I want to share my bounty with those who aren’t as fortunate.

I’m also grateful for friends and family. What are you grateful for this week?

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

One thought on “Thankful Thursday 2 September 2021”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    Yessum, you can consider this a very Thankful Thursday if you are one of the lucky people who escaped the worst of Ida’s wrath. I watched MSNBC’s live coverage late this morning and couldn’t believe my eyes how extensive the flooding is. They were doing live rescues of people stranded in their cars in the middle of lakes that were once roadways. They said in some areas the flooding is worse than it was after hurricane Agnes in 1972. Initially referred to as a 500 year rain event, the meteorologist conceded that, with climate change taken into account, these extreme weather phenomena could become much more commonplace from now on. It’s a disturbing thought. I admire you for thinking of those less fortunate who lost most or all of their possessions to the vicious storm, and for donating goods to charities that help flood victims.

    I am elated to learn that you love your new job and your co-workers. I was just remarking on another blog this week that one valid measure of success is finding something that you love to do and making a living doing it.

    I am thankful that Ida passed us by and that we have escaped all the other severe storms so far this year. There’s a long way to go in the hurricane season, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that we don’t get hit. That said, I can’t help feeling survivor’s remorse knowing that if the storm bypasses us, it will strike somewhere else and throw a wrench into the lives of many other innocent people.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend JM!


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