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:
- Sweet Husband. I wrote a little bit about his latest awesomeness in this post. I am so fortunate to have him as my cheerleader – to know that he is actively searching for ways to make me happy, to make our life together easier for both of us but really…for me. I can’t remember where I read it or even the exact quote now, but the gist was that the one of the best things you could do for yourself was make a good marriage. At the time the quote irked me – as a confirmed single woman handling the world on my own, I figured the best thing I could do for myself was get a good education and work hard. Those things are still in play and important, but I’ve come to understand the value of being a member of this team. Not being alone – having someone to support me, be my greatest cheerleader, work hard to accomplish our goals – it’s an incredible gift. I couldn’t ask for better.
- My boss. I officially start at my new position this afternoon, and perhaps the hardest part about leaving my current position is my boss. I’ve appreciated her support, her honesty, and her willingness to trust her people to do their job. My last two bosses were a handful; it’s been nice to have a good boss. I’m hoping the next one will be as good.
- My friends. I don’t get to spend as much time with them as I’d like, but they are never far from my mind…and when I need them? Right there. The last week was really hard. They all were there.
- An easy weekend. It feels like I’ve needed these a lot lately. It was good to be able to have it, and although it would have been nice to be in Starkville to watch the Bulldogs play on Saturday, it was good to be with friends and just minutes – rather than hours – from home.
- The Blackberry. The B’erd has been a part of my family since 2002. She was one kind of kitten when she first came home with me, and then she changed. Every once in awhile I’d catch flashes of who she used to be, but when the Peach cat was alive, the B’erd was as anti-social and hidden as the Peach. Since the Peach has been gone, my B’erd is back to that sweet kitten I brought home from Missouri all those years ago. She snuggles with me. She plays in my hair. She changes the playlist on my phone. There aren’t any snuggles like tiny kitty snuggles.
- The flowers that still bloom. There aren’t a lot of them, but our knock-out roses, the guara, and a few other random plants are still blooming in the yard. We really need to spend a weekend cleaning up beds and wintering them – pulling weeds, clearing out the dead stuff, putting down new mulch. For some reason I think it’s probably time for me to plant some bulbs as well. Isn’t it?
- Our friends. Earlier I said my friends. SH and I have some pretty great friends, willing to help out when we need it. We’re lucky.
- A good nap. I didn’t feel good when I got home; I still don’t feel good. But a nap helps a little. The weather, the let-down of stress from the last week, progression of illness – whatever. It was a good thing.
- Our veterans. Today is Veteran’s Day in the United States. Many members of my family have served, and I appreciate the sacrifice that they and others have made for our freedoms.
What makes your list this week? What blessings are you counting? Share it with us in the comments and watch the joy multiply.