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A Moment Of Recognition

It’s a beautiful, sunny August Sunday, I’m in my kitchen, listening to mellow music, just before heading off to do a bit of shopping for my book tour, at which I will get to see a bunch of friends and fans all over the country. My plans for the evening: Spend it with my wife and kid and enjoy being with them, and also maybe get ice cream.

Life is really good. I think it’s worth noting that it is, and that I’m grateful for it.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

14 replies on “A Moment Of Recognition”

Indeed it is; I had lunch with my daughter and her partner, and it was wonderful. Recognising how fortunate I am to love and be loved is the metaphorical equivalent of the ice cream…

You, I hear, be a writer . . . I’m curious about the use of the word “grateful” as opposed to appreciative.

I ask because of a current discussion I’m having regarding that distinction. Who/what are you grateful to? For instance, I really appreciate the life I have . . . not sure who I can be thankful to for my life. Chance? Genetic lottery? Those are not entities.

. . . then again, I only play at being a writer. But I really, really appreciate my life.

“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur
or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'”
– Kurt Vonnegut

To Emilio:
Re grateful versus appreciative:
I think that we can be both but grateful reminds me that my pleasant life requires a lot of others in order to make it pleasant. My family, sure, but also those who keep the power on, those who are working in the stores so I can get what I need without (much) hassle, those who make it, those who grow the food, ….
The list goes on and on. In my case, the women who went before me so I can support myself and my kids without having to stay in an unhealthy marriage. Whether you believe in a greater intelligence or not, we all are the beneficiaries of a lot of people’s hard work and suffering. So grateful reminds me not to get too cocky about “Look what I achieved.”

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