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:
- Being alive. I was in a terrible car accident Wednesday night. If I had been in a lower-profile vehicle, I would be dead. If I were in a newer vehicle, I would be dead. If I were not wearing my seatbelt, I’d be dead. But I was in Josie, and my seatbelt, that hadn’t been catching, caught and held fast. So, today I am left with needing to find a new vehicle, and my shoulder is pretty clearly damaged. Given what it could have been? I’m OK with that.
- All of those people, strangers and family, friends and colleagues, who rallied Wednesday afternoon. I’ve always known I was blessed with the people around me – never quite sure what I did to deserve them all – but they turned out in force.
- Insurance. On the advice of my very smart Father-in-Law, even though Josie was 23 years old, we carried full coverage insurance rather than just liability. That means that our very good insurance is paying for all of my medical bills, a rental car, and whatever else you have insurance for. Josie has already been taken care of; I’ve been taken care of. The extra $5/$10 per month was worth it.
- Time with friends. We went over to New Orleans to spend time with friends Saturday. We had a great time with them and we might have even made new friends with travel connections, which could be fantastic in the future.
- Rest. Although it was forced, I appreciated the expectation that I would rest. That I could stay curled in the bed and just rest. Going back to work today was difficult and probably foolish, given my level of exhaustion and pain this evening, so having permission to rest was a thing of beauty.
- Gorgeous weather. Sunday & Saturday started cool, but they turned into things of amazing beauty. Not too hot, occasional breeze – spectacular spring days…in winter. It’s enough to hold us through this coming round of wet and cool weather.
- A sweetly romantic husband. Before my accident, he had cleaned the house, and he got me a beautiful bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s Day – along with a case of assorted Girl Scout cookies because he knew I wouldn’t buy them for myself.
An incredibly blessed week here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I hope there were lots of things in your life for which to be thankful. Let me hear about them in the comments!