Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause once a week and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to take Tuesdays and make them my highlight reel.
This week the following are making the list:
- Sweet Husband. Once again, he has been super helpful and sweet – putting up with my moodiness and general grouchiness while getting things done, like building shelves for the credenza, putting together the daybed for my office, helping me paint the bamboo shelf that will either go in the kitchen or the office. He is the best husband I could ever have.
(the daybed – with its pop-up trundle is available for your stay at Gumbo Acre South. That room comes complete with a sweet one-eyed, half-deaf kitteh. Should that not be your up of tea, we also have a very comfortable spare room. Feel free to book now to ensure availability)
- Friends with Saints tickets. We were able to attend a New Orleans Saints game on Sunday because a friend had tickets that were going to be unused. SH is a huge Saints fan, and he was in heaven.
- Good weather. We’ve been trying to have winter around these part, but the last four or five says have been beautiful. We’re predicted to have temps in the 70s for the next few days, and it’ll be just like late summer. It’s great for getting work done.
- My physical therapist. She does a great job. Our time together is drawing to a close, and she has been fabulous. I’ve really enjoyed – if you can say that about physical therapy – working with her.
- The people who loved me when I was younger. I seem to say this on a semi-regular basis, but even though my childhood wasn’t picture perfect, and there are parts of it that really sucked, I always knew that people loved me and were doing their best for me. I heard yet another story from one of my students today that reminded me that while things were hard, I wasn’t abused or neglected. As an aside, I get irritated and agitated by all the people who can have children but fuck them up through their selfishness.
- Enough. During the holidays we are always tempted to do more, buy more, be more. And earlier when I was paying the bills, I was thankful that there was enough to pay the bills and have enough left over to have a good life. We don’t have everything or the best of everything, but we have all the things we want and can do the things that make us happy. I try to remember that as we move through the holiday season…when I’m tempted to buy more than we can afford, commit to more than I can possibly do.
I hope you’ve had a good week, and that there are so many blessings in your life that you don’t even know where to begin counting! But if you are inclined to count them, feel free to share with us in the comments!