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:
- My darling, Sweet Husband. I really am blessed. I was supposed to go to a Halloween party with him, but Friday afternoon was tough for me. Combine that with not being a big party person, and definitely not being a costumed Halloween party person, I really didn’t want to go. He could have put pressure on me to go – he wanted me to – but he didn’t. He gives me the freedom to be me; pushes me when I need it, but ultimately trusts me to know where I am – respects it and honors it. I’m a very lucky woman. And when you combine that with the fact that he’d started laundry, picked up a beer I would be interested in drinking for the party because he knows I’m not the biggest fan of Coors Light, and then started bringing in all of my precious porch plants when it got cold? I couldn’t ask for a better partner for this life.
- My Sner. She is wonderfully supportive, and over the weekend, she gave Sweet Husband and I an incredibly generous offer. I’m overwhelmed by it; it’s nothing that I would have expected. Growing up poor, there was no expectation that my family would be able to help out too much. Sner and I have had several conversations about, “If you’d only been born into a rich family…” So I’m thankful and grateful.
- People who believe in me. I’m pretty much at sixes and sevens with taking this new position; I don’t necessarily believe that I can do it. But there are plenty of people who do, and that makes me feel better about the whole thing.
- My boss. I don’t always agree with what happens at my workplace, but I have a great boss. She’s accommodating and generous, and she lets her people do their jobs – gets out of the way and looks for ways to provide support. I can only hope that where I land next will give me the same level of support…and freedom.
- My colleagues. I work with a pretty impressive group of teachers.
- The Royals. While we didn’t win the whole shooting match, we came close, and for a team that hasn’t been in the play-offs in 29 years, I’ll take it. I hope that next year we’ll make it to the show but even if we don’t, they made baseball exciting for so many people. I’ve always been “Loyal Royal” but it was really nice to have us back in this position.
- A quiet weekend.
- Technical Support at Restored 316. I’ve had a ton of questions as I switch over to the new blog theme, and they’ve been prompt, kind, and patient. Can’t ask for better.
- Snuggles with puppy doggies. There’s one laid up against me right now. He’s not my puppy, but at this stage, I’ll take what I can get. Nothing better than a sweet puppy.
- A heater that works. It got cold in South Mississippi this weekend…and by cold I mean that we had a freeze warning. I think maybe it got down to 35 on the Coast, and there was frost on my drive up this morning.
- Lighter mornings. I get up early. Very, very early. It’s nice to have light as my companion. I don’t appreciate the darker afternoons and evenings, but it is what it is.
- Community. I’m not where I want to be, but I’m getting closer. I appreciate those who are supporting me.
That’s it for me this week – the first in November where we normally pause and give thanks or take more time to think about that for which we are grateful.
For what are you grateful this week? What are you giving thanks for? What blessings are you you counting? Share it with us in the comments!