My blessing today was TODAY! I work both Tuesday and Thursday each week, so I've come to look at my Wednesdays as my day - my day to sit back and not do much... all day long. I am thankful that I don't have to work every day yet have a small job that gives me something to do and brings in a little money.
Today I spent most of my time reading. For part of the day, it was my current book, The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve. The weather was cloudy and cold and it felt good to curl up with a mug of coffee and a good book.
I also spent some time reading blogs. Foolishly, I thought once November 4th came and went, we would be done with the emotional opinions and smears about candidates, parties, and politics. But I read a lot of rants today, and that's okay (with me anyways). Blogs are a good and appropriate place for that. I think it will take a little bit of time to move on to other subjects. It will take some time to process what has happened and how to move forward from here. I also read a lot of posts where bloggers wanted to do just that - move forward.
I would just like to say that I was touched by both McCain's and Obama's speeches at the end of the night. John McCain was gracious and inspiring in his loss and Barack Obama was humble and inspiring in his victory. It was obvious that they both love this country and they are both honorable men, which I never felt otherwise.
The other thing that touched me was not only the fact that history was made with the election of our country's first African-American President, but how it has affected the spirit and moral of the African-American population. It has given them hope and pride. I don't think most (if any) of us white folk can imagine what this means to them. I don't think this election was a race issue, but to see the reaction of the black community has been touching. I think Obama will be an inspiring figure to many.
Blessing #5 in a month's worth of blessings.