Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude, I take Tuesdays to give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life.
This week there are many things for which to be thankful.
- A lovely anniversary trip. We saved money for the trip, and we stayed within our budget for it. We had an amazing time, and we managed to do it *under* budget. So much so that this week? Won’t be as difficult as I thought it might be. It feels good to not be worried about struggling for even a few days.
- Sweet puppies. While we were away, we left them at the vet, and I was worried about them. The one and only time she’s been boarded, Cobbie dog did not do well with it. She was a nervous wreck. I think she did OK this time. She had Amber looking after her, and the vet knows Cobbie suffers from anxiety issues. She’s doing a whole lot of scratching and licking today, but I think other than that, she’s been OK. While Matt and I both enjoyed being away on vacation, we missed our “kids”. Both the doggies and the Blackberry.
- Home. Vacation is nice, but it’s always good to come home. As much as home needs a good, thoroughly cleaning (and it so totally does), it’s good to sleep in our own bed, sit on our own couch.
- Work. Even though it has been rough, it is still meaningful. And even important. Today in several conversations I was reminded that the work I’m doing is supported, and that I am valued. The hard work is seen and noticed. The frustration is felt. And that felt good. And at work today my new philosophy was validated. While there is always so much to do, it doesn’t matter. It’s always going to be there. I missed two days to go on vacation with my sweet husband, and while the stack on my desk is a little higher, the world didn’t fall apart.
- Which leads me to…Peace. I really am getting more and more secure with the choices I’m making that are about what is best for me, my future and my family. I hope that other people are making the decisions that are best for them as well, but here’s the truth of the matter: I can’t be responsible for their choices. Just like I’m owning my decisions now, they have to own their own theirs. I can give them some insight into my choices. But I can’t make choices for them.
For what are you thankful this week What things do you count as your blessings, no matter their size?