Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude, I take Tuesdays to give thanks for all the things that are blessings and good in my life…because there are many things for which I am thankful.
This week, the following make the short list:
- Sweet Husband. Always, ever, all the time. He held down the fort while I was off visiting Grandma. When I am grouchy and difficult, as I have been the last couple of days, he is gracious and kind – doing whatever he needs to in order to pull me out of my funk. I’m blessed. There’s no other way to put it and I’m thankful. Can’t wait to see him again Wednesday night. Hopefully the outdoor Christmas lights will be up (hint, hint, hint ;))
- Vacation. As hectic as it was, it was nice to have a vacation to be hectic. In another life, I wouldn’t have been able to do the things I’ve done in the last year.
- Friends and new traditions. We met Matt’s friend and his wife in New Orleans Friday instead of heading out into the madness and going shopping. I think we’ve started a new tradition. We had so much fun! I can’t wait to go back to the track and do it again. It also makes me ready for Jazzfest – this year I’m taking Sweet Husband whether he likes it or not.
- Family. The Sner and I don’t get to talk all that often – we text and chat on Facebook, although not as much of that since I started teaching again. Last night while driving back to Hattiesburg, we had the chance to have a good, long talk, which happened after a good conversation with the GrandSner. And then when I got to Granny’s, my room was ready – everything was clean and straightened, done up just so and waiting for me.
- Connection. Connection just so happens to be my word for 2013 and in these last few months – and in particular this month, which is just starting! – I’ve been experiencing connection in ways that I never imagined. I’m loving the communities that I’m getting to be a part of, and I’m excited about where life is taking me. I’m open to the process and willing to follow it where it may lead.
- Preserved memories. I’m not at all sure how I wound up with it, but I have the nativity set that my Grandma Alex painted some 60 years ago now. It’s a beautiful thing – the paint is faded, pieces have chipped off, I think the cow is missing a horn. But when I set that nativity and turn on the light in the manager, the memories are sweet and I treasure that connection to my past and people who loved me so dearly.
For what are you thankful this week? What blessings are you counting?