An Attitude of Gratitude

Nov 21, 2015 by

An Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a great time to step back, pause, and give thanks for all the gifts we’ve received. But it’s hard for me to make a Top #10 List. I’m grateful for so many things. Still, I’m giving it a try (in no particular order):




For my alarm clock that goes off every morning at 5 am. Yes, it’s early. But hearing the alarm means that I am alive, and have another day ahead of me filled with opportunities. Hopefully I’ll be able to use the days wisely, and make a difference in someone’s life.


Cuba 4


For a comfortable home with heat, lights, indoor plumbing, and an office that offers peace and quiet while I write my books. At a time when so many in this world live in shelters, make-shift housing, or on the streets, I am truly blessed.





For good friends who listen when I need to talk; who offer hugs when I’m feeling down; who encourage me when the grief is overwhelming. I get by with a little help from my friends.


Chx Library shelves


For our community public library, a magical place which offers the world to anyone who walks through its doors. Let your imagination take flight and soar through the pages of a book!


Head Cold


For continued good health. Lord knows I have nothing to complain about; yet I turn into a whiny, neurotic woman even when I get the sniffles. So many of my friends and family members have been afflicted by serious illnesses, this year in particular. God bless each of them, and keep them safe.


Pink Elephant


For my 12-step support group, for helping me take the 1st step in facing the elephant that had been sitting in my living room (and kitchen) for years. Admitting that I’m a compulsive overeater, and seeking out the help I needed through the amazing support and fellowship found in the 12-step program of Overeaters Anonymous gave me back my life… and also helped me find the courage to begin writing again. 26 years of One Day at a Time.


Kathleen and Steve dancing


For the man who danced his way into my life and my heart 37 years ago. My husband Steve is my best friend, my confidante, my lover, my teacher, and a steady rock in what has proved (this past year especially) to be the stormy sea of life. Every woman should be so lucky to have a man like Steve in her life.


Books can embarrass you


For the gift of writing which sustains me. Writing is a gift which gives me a sense of purpose. Knowing that I’m writing the stories I’m meant to tell makes me feel that I’m making some sort of contribution to the world. My stories are meant to offer hope in a world that often can be dark and dreary. Thank you for reading my books.




For readers everywhere, who love falling into the magic captured within the pages of a book. Whether you read my novels, or sci-fi, fantasy, detective stories, or other things, I hope you discover the magic waiting for you inside. What a blessing it is to pick up a book, settle down in a cozy chair, and open to the first page to find the world waiting for you.


Faith in God


For my faith in God. In this day when terrorist attacks have filled so many hearts with fear, I try and hang on to my faith… in God, and in the good which I believe 99.99% of people carry deep inside them. Evil does exist, but we cannot let that overcome us. We may speak different languages, our skin may be different colors, and we may worship at different churches; but I believe that 99.9% of us desire the same things: a happy, successful life for ourselves, our children, our loved ones, our family and friends, and for the world at large. God bless each of us this year, and in the years to come.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


  1. Kathy, I love your attitude of gratitude! Your post made me smile.

    My husband’s installing a new faucet now, my cat was just on my lap purring, and a friend is formatting a short story of mine for me. Outside it’s snowing and looking like a Christmas card (trying hard to see the good in that, lol).

    And I have friends like you! I’m very grateful.

    • Kathleen Irene Paterka

      Edie, you are such a sweetie! I’m glad my post put a smile on your face. Seeing your response put a smile on mine! I’m very grateful for your friendship throughout the years… which reminds me that I should have added an #11th ‘gratitude’ step to my list: for all my fellow authors. Feeling very blessed to be a part of such a creative, supportive community.

      xxoo ~ Kathleen

      PS ~ Edie, please keep the snow in Wisconsin. We don’t need it here in Michigan!