Many Paths to Gratitude by
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Beautiful thank you notes on engraved stationery are gone, but the thank you emails and IMs survive,

New ways to give thanks, even in thoughts, can show our gratitude.

Along with thank yous at the grocery store shouted through our masks.

New ways to give thanks, even in thoughts, can show our gratitude.

Thank you for my big house, where I now have the refuge of private space.

Thank you for the patience to cope with struggles in this unrewarding year.

Thank you for extra resilience when others don’t say thank you.

Thank you to the universe on behalf of all who have survived into 2021.

Will we hear “You’re welcome” sometime soon?

//RetroFlash 100 words

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I have recently retired from a marketing and technical writing and editing career and am thoroughly enjoying writing for myself and others.

Characterizations: well written


  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Thank you for reminding us of all the things we have to be grateful for, going into 2021, and “you’re welcome” (I’m the universe, responding).

  2. Much obliged, ma’am, for calling my attention to the many ways of expressing one’s gratitude.

  3. Mare, our stories have a similarity. I think “thank you” and “you’re welcome” are often tacit and we just have to keep our eyes (and minds) open to recognize them. The universe is subtle that way.

  4. Laurie Levy says:

    Thank you, Marian, for being my Retrospect friend and let’s hope we can have more to be thankful for in 2021.

  5. Suzy says:

    Beautiful RetroFlash, Marian! Thank you for writing it, and for everything you do on Retrospect.

  6. Loved your choice of ‘thank yous,’ Marian. You reflect gratitude that I’m sure many of us share with you.

  7. Thank you Marian for the inspiring reminders, here’s to a 2021 we can be grateful for!

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