On the subject of good news…

by Mark Chmiel

A friend who is taking an online class with me wrote the following …

My good news is that even though the motorist honked at me and flipped me off and yelled at me to get off the road while I was biking, at least he did not try to run me off the road or sideswipe me.

My good news is that I still want all the best for D. even after he yelled at me for five minutes about what an inexperienced, dumb, uncaring person I was.

My good news is that I can occasionally text a handful of people and still retain my soul.

My good news is that Parks & Rec exists.

My good news is that M. found my tips on energy conservation useful and is motivated to advocate for her right to traditional occupational therapy.

My good news is that my dad said it is okay if I want to rent and ride a bike my whole life, as long as I am happy.

My good news is that I am not alone in refusing to give up on people who have been discarded.

My good news is that my new subletter is responsible and social and sweet and acknowledges me when I walk into a room.

My good news is that it never seems to rain when I need to bike home from work.

My good news is that even when it does rain when I need to bike home from work, I find it invigorating.

My good news is that I now live in an apartment with no leaks, no mice, no squirrels, a working stove, and fairly quiet neighbors.

My good news is that Jessie is all of what I did not know I needed in someone.

My good news is that Mark is bringing plates and forks to the potluck so we do not have to eat out of tupperware or baking dishes with spoons.

My good news is that I’m pretty sure I can pay all my bills this month.

My good news is that my employer is having a Biggest Loser Competition so there is extra food for those of us not participating.

My good news is that I still have two toilet paper rolls left!

My good news is that I actually had decent sleep and no disturbing dreams last night.

My good news is that I have so many mentors (Christine, Jess, Carla, Michelle, Morgan, Catina, Mark, Edisa) who give me the courage to dream big and act on my hopes.

My good news is that there is always enough news that is good enough.

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