December 14 – Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?
Is it against the spirit of this whole navel-gazing exercise to say Money? I appreciate Money most? OK, how about Compensation?
After decades of being underpaid, I am finally making a living wage. I have my own benefits and a pension. I work in a place with a wellness program. I can't tell you how happy I am to have wound up here. I want to say I'm lucky, but my inner voice says that luck plays only a small part. I clawed my way up from the ground, learned to play by the rules, made mistakes and wasn't afraid to look like a dumbass or change what needed changin'.
Now, in gratitude, I must pass this torch to my husband, who is underpaid and undercompensated for his incredible skills. It is time for him to change what needs changin'.