Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude, I take Tuesdays to pause and give thanks for all of the many blessings in my life. There are so very many of them, and I am so incredibly fortunate that it is difficult to narrow it down. I do make the attempt, though.
This week, I’m thankful for the following:
- Sweet Husband. He tops the list every week, and perhaps it gets a bit nauseating, but the truth is that he is one of the greatest blessings in my life. Even when I’m a complete and total grouch (like I was last night), he loves me still and does whatever it is that he can to effect a change in my attitude or mood. I’m not at all sure where or what I would be without him, so I’m going to keep putting him at the top of my list.
- Brief moments of sunshine and gorgeous weather. It’s about to get cold again so the time we were able to spend outside in shirt-sleeves, soaking up the golden rays of delicious sun were incredibly appreciated.
- Daffodils. Perhaps you saw my post filled with daffodils? I love these precious flowers that only last for such a very short time. I’m almost certain that yesterday on my way to New Orleans I saw a dogwood tree in bloom, and it won’t be long before the azaleas and wisteria begin to their short, vibrant season of beauty.
- The opportunity to be around dedicated professionals. While I wasn’t always bowled over by the content of the professional development that was presented to me, I certainly was excited about being around people who are passionate about the job that they are doing. Teaching one of those jobs that chews you up and spits you, and it’s easy to get jaded by the negativity of co-workers. I try to isolate myself and keep that away from me, but it inevitably creeps in. Passionate folks are sources of renewal and regeneration, making it possible to go forward.
- New Orleans. It made my list of favorite things yesterday, and today I’m thankful for it. I was there Saturday and again yesterday, and this weekend, we’re heading back with friends for Mardi Gras parades. There is nothing like New Orleans and after Katrina, the broken city literally cried out to me. I was drawn to New Orleans again and again and it felt like my heart was telling me that was where I belonged. It didn’t quite work out like that way, but I love that I’m close enough to visit whenever I want to. It is an incredible place.
It’s a short list this week. Not because there are fewer things for which to be thankful but because these things make my heart feel so big.
For what are you thankful this week? In what ways are you counting your many blessings?