Each Friday (or Saturday, depending on how lazy or sick I’m feeling), I post Flashback Friday, where I use St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Examen as a guide and usually ask the following questions: For what are you least grateful this past week? For what are you most grateful this past week?
Last week I was least and most grateful for the same thing: My wife switching shifts from 4 p.m. to midnights to midnights to 8 p.m. this month. This week I am least grateful for a time change of a slightly different kind that also started last weekend: Daylight Saving Time.
In combination with my wife’s switching shifts and DST, our cat Seamus has been wreaking havoc on my morning schedule. He usually gets fed anywhere from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. but with the clock moving back an hour, he’s wanting to be fed at 6 a.m. promptly. His insistence on the matter led to my writing a haiku earlier in the week. This morning, I closed our bedroom door on him and let him bang on it for about an hour while I continued/pretended to sleep. I’ll let you know how that goes later (yeah, rolling my eyes, I imagine oh so well).
I am political on my blog very rarely. However, this week since my candidate won in the Presidential election, I feel obliged to mention it, because yes, I am grateful that he won and the other guy didn’t. It’s not that I believe, like some of the folks of the opposite political persuasion believe is going to happen since Obama won, that our country would have been plummeted into apocalyptic darkness if Romney had won. I don’t because of checks and balances of the different branches of government or, looking on the not so bright side of the equation, also called “gridlock” with Congress again split after this election.
What I do believe, though, is that the outlook for our country would have been a bit dimmer than it is. It’s still dim, but I see a glimmer of hope on the horizon and that’s better than what I imagine it would have been like under a Romney administration: not apocalyptic darkness, but darkness nonetheless.
For what are you least and most grateful this past week?
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