Rabbi Meir says, “Everyone must recite 100 blessings every day.”
(Talmud, Menachot 43b)

1. the sun 2. rain 3. lungs 4. our hands 5. our hearts 6. a child
sleeping in innocence 7. blessed food 8. overcoats 9. shoes
10. an overcoat that not only makes me feel warm but also allows
me to feel like a Mensch

11. tomorrow’s possibilities 12. today 13. our compassionate
hearts 14. removing my watch 15. vision 16. Torah 17.
yesterday that I can live with and make peace with 18. our caring
hearts 19. our craving to be a Mensch 20. Mitzvahs

21. Mitzvah e-mail 22. words 23. blue and orange 24. the open
highway leading to Nowhere-in-Particular 25. touch 26. our
living hearts 27. sympathy 28. birds 29. Mezuzahs 30. Pushkas

31. communicable wellbeing 32. relief, even for a moment
33. the smell of cut grass 34. Channukah lights 35. good
judgment 36. insight 37. Challah 38. wisdom 39. a hearing heart

40. mirrors and windows 41. the power to fix 42. fingers 43. dawn, red and overwhelming 44. noon 45. sunset, red and astonishing 46. laughter, profound, all-encompassing 47. laughter shared with a friend 48. keys,
literal and metaphorical 49. health 50. an understanding heart

51. tears 52. tears shared with a friend 53. teddy bears
54. yesterday’s phone call from a friend 55. winning 56. losing
57. prayer 58. seeing 59. seeing beyond 60. disappointment

61. seeing inside 62. order 63. mistakes 64. play 65. chaos
66. meeting someone who has a heart of gold 67. that there is no
Me and They 68. horses 69. whales 70. fun

71. longing 72. fulfilling weariness 73. sleep 74. Shabbat candles
75. youth 76. wise old men and women 77. curiosity
78. that money can make miracles happen 79. will 80. must

81. clarity 82. mist 83. the radiance of Good People 84. plum
trees in bloom 85. passion 86. jungles 87. a fireplace 88. beauty
89. ugliness 90. beauty-beyond-ugliness

91. breath 92. the songs “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and “May
I Have This Dance for the Rest of My Life?” 93. fun food
94. memory 95. memories 96. that I have my blanket, whatever
form it takes 97. for all their inconvenience and trouble, my mild
learning disabilities 98. presents wrapped with a pretty bow
99. what to live for 100. our human hearts

Excerpted from my book, “Healing: Readings and Meditations