Maybe it’s because I am going to visit my daughter next week, or maybe it’s because after many days of rain and clouds, the sun is shining – whatever the reason, I am feeling happy today. 

It’s not that I don’t often feel happy, I just don’t write about it very often.  Maybe it’s because there are a group of young people downtown protesting near Wall Street and it makes me happy that this young generation is finally taking the stage.

I also feel encouraged about our President, who seems to finally be acting like the person we elected – standing up to the Republicans and the Tea Party.  Sometimes it feels like the only people who have the courage of their convictions are people like Jon Stewart, Michael Moore and Bill Maher. 

I am not happy that there are so many problems in this world.  But for this moment, as I look out the window and see the sun shining and beautiful light – and I know that in just a couple of hours I will be riding my bicycle along the river – I feel grateful for my life.  Being alive is a great gift.

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