Everyday I am reminded how fortunate I am. I have a wonderful family, fabulous friends, and a job I love. I take joy in the many small wonders that surround me – the beauty of a star-filled evening, the swaying of the treetops in a gentle breeze, the sound of the birds early in the morning. I am an optimist who finds enjoyment in the simple pleasures of life - the aroma and flavor of a cup of chai, the peaceful patter of a steady rainfall, the beauty in a sunrise or sunset, the feel of the sun on my face. . . What I do not have is that someone special with whom I can share both the joys and tribulations of life.