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.
I think I read somewhere or saw a pin on pinterest or something that we get caught up in all of the difficult things in our lives and forget about all of the really wonderful stuff that makes it possible to get through the difficulties. We get so consumed by all of those hardships that we forget all of our blessings. So I am thankful. For so very much.
- A husband who got me an Easter basket. Even though he didn’t think that he really should. He’s also done a ton of work around the house the last few days. He is on spring break, so the fact that’s doing all of this domestic labor–including my laundry–is truly outstanding. Annnnnnnnnnnd he comforts me and supports me through this pain that is infertility as yet another of our friends are preparing for the children we may never have.
- A sweet father-in-law (I think that’s where he must have gotten it from) who comes down and helps build a fence, slips us $50 for gas, and then comes down again, while he’s doing some work, to help out with yard work. Again.
- Time to write. This morning I left the house in time to stop by the beach to do my morning pages. There’s a lot of stuff I need to write about right now, but today I wrote about needing to make choices that honor the things that are most important to me. I feel like I can’t make things better at my job. And trying is killing me in big and small ways. So this morning I wrote about taking time for me. Leaving work at decent time. Writing. Photographing. Taking care of my health. It’s like I’m finally figuring out the truth of Chalene Johnson’s point about how once you figure out what your Push Goal is, every other decision becomes easy. I’m not too interested in living to work anymore. Because what is ultimately important to me is living this life I’m blessed to have. I want to be home with my husband to enjoy it. I want to have the health to enjoy it. I want to do things to enjoy it.
- Walks with the puppies and the husband. I’ve gotten home in time each night to wander through the neighborhood for half an hour. We don’t talk about a lot as we get drug along by the doggies, but we are together. It’s good time to spend together. And we’re improving our health 😉
- Calm. I’m feeling better about the things I cannot control. I’m not sure if I’m done worrying about things, but I didn’t get stressed out about anything today, and there were some rather hectic moments as well as what could have sent me into a a nervous panic (controlled as it always is). But I’ve let go. Perhaps I’m at the don’t-give-a-damn stage. Whatever it is, it’s working for me right now, and I’m grateful for it.
- Warmth. The Earth is awakening. Things are blooming (the pollen is killing me!) and turning green. I am so incredibly happy to be stalking the aisles at Lowes, looking for things to bring home and put in the yard. Soon we’ll get a garden out. And I can begin dreaming of canning and preserving and freezing. The older I get the more I pay attention to the lessons of my childhood.
For what are you thankful this week? What things make your days joyful and worth waking up? What brings you pleasure and joy?