Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause on Tuesdays and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to make Tuesdays my highlight reel.
This week, the following things are making the list:
- Safe travels. We went to Austin this past weekend – a 9 hour drive one way – and we got there and back with no problems. The truck did us well, and while her transmission might be going, she’s not gone yet.
- Sweet Husband. He finished his last grad school class last night. He has to take comps on December 6, and he will graduate in May, but he’s all done. I’m so very proud of him. He didn’t necessarily want to be a teacher, which meant that he would need to go to grad school, but he did it because it was what we needed at the time. He’s such a good teacher, too! Neither one of us may stay in education for much longer but it’s been what was right for the time. I’m so grateful to have a partner who is willing to do what we need when we need it.
- Family. We had a great time with our family in Austin this weekend. It’s always nice when things go smoothly, and we are looking forward to spending more time with the cousins.
- Home. It’s so good to be home. I can’t even say. It’s always nice to go but I love coming home even more. It’s even better since Sweet Husband made a huge effort to clean up and organize the house.
- The puppy doggies. We dropped them off at the “spa” Friday morning, and I picked them up this morning. Poor Bourbie has some potentially serious health problems but we’re going to worry about that later because to be honest, there’s nothing we can do about it right now. It’s too much money, and we’re not at the point where it is something we have to do something about right now. So. We just love his sweet self until we have to do something more.
- Opportunity. I received an email from the recruiter at my work letting me know of an open position that she thinks I should apply for. It’s not a perfect fit, but it could be a way back in to where I want to go or where I used to be. Maybe. Sweet Husband and I have talked about it. Now I need to talk to my boss about it and get her take on it. We’ll see, though.
- Great co-workers. Sweet Paula at work dropped everything to work on my computer and met me to get it back to me once she found out I was going to be out of town. While my job might not be exactly what I want, I do work with some amazingly dedicated people.
- Kind strangers. Sunday morning I got up early to take pictures of an old barn that we’d passed several times. There wasn’t any close parking, so I left the truck at an O’Rielly’s about a quarter of a mile away. I walked to the barn and started snapping away. When I got back to the truck, the manager of the shop came out to ask me if I was OK or needed any help. He said that he saw me park and start walking, so he was concerned that perhaps something was wrong with the truck and wanted to know if there was something he could do to help. It was lovely to have someone ask. There are good people in this world.
- Sleep. I got some good nighttime sleeps over the last few days and yesterday instead of going to work, I was able to rest – including a 3 hour nap in the middle of the day…just 3 hours after I got up. It was wonderful. I’m still tired, but getting to sleep was beautiful.
Those were the things that I’m most thankful for this week. There are many more, but this is the highlight afterall. 😉 What blessings are you counting this week? For what are you grateful? Let us know in the comments – gratitude shared is gratitude multiplied!