Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude, I take Tuesdays to give thanks for all the things that are wonderful and right in my life.
This week, I am thankful for the following:
- Sweet Husband. I’ve been sick and he’s been patient and understanding. This change in our circumstance has not been easy for him.
- Sweet puppy kisses.
- Finally understanding how to read those sewing directions! (I don’t learn by reading. And technical stuff often confuses me. The first time I made the nursing covers that I’ve been mass-producing this week, I apparently read the directions wrong. Now that I really understand what I’m supposed to do, my finished project is much easier and it winds up looking better Who knew?)
- Security. In a world that is often frightening, I’m about as safe as I can be in the space I occupy.
- Rest. Stayed home today. I’m finally starting to feel better.
- Reliable transportation.
- Flowers that still bloom even though the temperatures are supposed to be sinking into the 30s.
- Dallas Cowboys’ football. (I enjoy the win. I can’t help it)
- Sleepytime Vanilla tea.
- Regular writing. I feel better about myself, my life, and my ability to manage it all when I have time to write. My notebook is filling fast, and it will soon be time for a new one. I should add it to my Christmas list.
- Peace. My life is much less stressful than it was back in August. I’m not making as much money and I’m not doing what I thought I should be doing, but the trade off in stress versus all of that has been so worth it. I was worried about calling in today…even though I desperately needed the rest…and I realized it was because I cared once again about what I was doing. I’ve been working through a meditation program, and I’m feeling more calm than I have in a very long time.
- Changing colors. I catch a glimpse of a leaf turning here and there reminding me that even though we say we only have two seasons here: Summer and Not Summer, we will get a brief taste of a fall. I believe there’s bonfire scheduled for this weekend, and I can’t wait for it.
- Community. I appreciate the platform I have here and the people that I am interacting with.
- Michael Landsberry. I didn’t know him, but every day I’m thankful for the people who are willing to put their lives on the line, to step into the fire, to be the helpers and guides. When I worry about what in the world is wrong with the world, I am reminded that for every evil or threat that presents itself, there is at the very least one person who is willing to stand fast, to say, “I am here and I’m here to help.”
- Cough Medicine. While the cough drops are good, when I go into the protracted coughing fits, only the syrup is able to quiet the onslaught.
- To-Do lists. Even though I was laid up for most of the day, I still managed to cross an impressive number of things off my to-do list. Not everything I wanted to get done, but enough that I can go to sleep here in a little bit relaxed and not worried about tomorrow too terribly much.
For what are you thankful this week? What blessings are enriching your life?