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:
- A good visit with the Sner. I know that I was thankful for her last week, but since I only get to see her 2-3 times a year, I’m going to go ahead and be extra thankful. We didn’t do anything spectacular – I didn’t even ask her to do any sewing for me this time…although I did think about it – but she was here and not there. It is harder than I thought it would be to be so far from friends and family. All those years ago when I blithely packed everything up and moved across the country, I didn’t think I’d be gone forever so it wasn’t any big deal. The older I get, the harder it is.
- The therapy tub. One of the things that we loved about this house when we first saw it…in addition to the space and the Florida room and the man cave and the gazebo in the back and the over an acre of land in the city…was the tub. It’s one of those walk-in tubs with the door that opens up…designed for old folks so they don’t fall getting in and out of the tub…and has jets, a color-changing light, a heater, and a radio. I haven’t taken too many baths in the tub since it takes 10-15 minutes to fill and then 10-15 minutes to drain (during which time you’re just stuck sitting there). But I’ve been using it the last few weeks…three times in the last four days in fact. I don’t know what I was waiting for. It’s the best thing EVER. If you ever come to visit, I’ll let you soak in it too. I promise.
- My Sweet Husband. In that photo above, I was sick. Running a fever & in excruciating pain. He got me home and tucked me into bed and spent New Year’s Eve checking on me. He’s also tackling a new challenge that is difficult. I couldn’t be prouder of him, and I love the way that he puts aside his pride and does the things that we need to do…working me through my passive-aggressive tendencies with gentleness, kindness, and supreme grace.
- Work. Even though I in no way wanted to go back, I’m glad that I have a job that I enjoy and that makes me feel like I’m doing important work. I have great colleagues and good bosses. Life is good.
- Routine. I am a creature of habit. I need the structure of work. Over break I’ve been up until 2:00 – 4:30 in the morning. With the return of work…and a brand new year…I’m back to establishing habits and routines and my life is better for it.
- Enough. I don’t know how other teachers’ school districts handle it, but it will be 7 weeks between my paycheck in December and the one I get January. But we are OK and will be OK. The bills are paid and we can still do things like stock our house with healthy foods.
- Sweet doggies. They are a pain in the rear most of the time because they stink and need to go outside and a whole host of other issues they bring to the table with them. But when they are curled up next to you and are so incredibly sweet? They are worth every headache.
I hope you’ve had a great week – what’s one thing you are grateful for from the past week? Let me know in the comments!