I believe that for the most part, I do not take my good health for granted. I am grateful to be strong and healthy, and make a concerted effort to stay that way. Even so, I certainly get beset by various conditions, mostly temporary, including recently a very tenacious virus. As I am rounding third base, heading for home and full recovery, I have been surprised by a loss of my voice ~ not completely, but certainly significantly. And because I speak as a part of my work, this is no small matter. Although my work is roughly 80% listening and 20% speaking, that 20% is essential. What I am learning is that I do take speaking for granted! The need and the desire to communicate is powerful, and the give and take of listening and speaking is a big part of my life. I am adding being able to speak to my list of things for which I am grateful.