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:
- An extra day off. While I kinda hate interruptions to the schedule and I know that getting back to work is going to suck (why do short weeks always seem like the very longest???), I love that we had the ability to spend recovering from the weekend. Because it was a busy weekend.
- A safe roadtrip. My Sner and I made the long drive (12-13 hours) to southwest Missouri this weekend. We made it up and back with no incidents, even though we were tired both coming and going.
- An extra visit with the Sner! I get to see her twice a year, which is not enough. Because we needed to head up to check on the GrandSner, I got an extra visit with her. It’ll make it easier to get to December.
- The GrandSner. She is getting smaller and smaller each time I see her, and this time, I believe we could have been anyone sitting there talking to her. But she is OK, and I got to spend a little while more with her.
(forgive the background and the lighting. It’s a nursing home; it is what it is)
- Aunt Susan and Uncle Webb. They have cared for GrandSner and seen to her affairs while we are too far away to do much more than check on her. For the last five years, if she has needed something, they have provided it. They’ve handled arranging her finances and her care, and I am so, so, so thankful for them and their love.
- Planning ahead. If there is anything to tear a family apart, it is the fighting that happens when a death occurs – who is going to get what, what belongs to whom, how things are supposed to be divided. Even when there is nothing really to fight about. The Sner and I have talked. My best friends and I have talked. My husband and I have talked. There is nothing to fight about for us. Because when it comes right down to it, we don’t rank in the super rich of this country or even the moderately wealthy. I’m thankful for what I have, and I’m very thankful that I’m in a position to be able to say that a couple of thousand dollars – at most say $5,000 isn’t going to make an appreciable difference in my life. Would it pay off some bills? Sure. Would it allow me to purchase the toys I have my eyes on? Certainly. Is it worth fighting with people I am supposed to love? Not at all. And for that, I am extremely grateful.
Although I am tired, and I’m not looking forward to how tired I am going to be this afternoon because I got up at 3:45 to have the Sner at the airport by 4:00…my heart is full. I hope yours is too. Tell me about the blessings in your life in the comments!