Yesterday, I was with a group of friends, and one said it had been a while since she put pen to paper to do a gratitude list...and then, I remembered that *I* hadn't done one in a while. It is certainly long overdue!
One of my favorite things about taking time to stop and do a gratitude list is this: the more I do it, the more things I find myself feeling grateful for. It's like a self-fulfilling prophecy; thinking about the positive things in my life, brings more of them. Even when events occur that may not seem like blessings, at first, if I am in the habit of practicing gratitude, I can usually find a silver lining in there, somewhere.
So, here goes!
Today, I am grateful for:
- Reliable day care/care givers - S and I both have busy jobs, and I can honestly say that I would be lost without the wonderful people that care for our daughter, Diana.
- Friends that are willing to work at our friendship - everyone I know is busy, running in a million different directions. I am blessed that I have friends that are willing to use their precious few minutes in the car alone to try to connect, or are willing to make the drive out to my house to hang out with me, or are willing to plan a lunch date two weeks from now because we want to make sure it definitely happens.
- Technology - it would be a mess trying to accomplish (or even remember!) every we do each day without technology like our smartphones, laptops, baby monitors, GPS's, etc.
- Funny moments that break up the day - like when autocorrect ruins a romantic text I was trying to send my husband! It's good to have a good belly laugh in the middle of a work day. (I've especially loved the funny comments people have left on Facebook status about this happening) He had just told me about an older couple he had observed helping each other maneuver through airport security.
- A happy, healthy daughter - she is having so much fun these days, crawling and exploring. I just love spending time with her, and she cracks herself up. It is literally music to my ears to hear her giggle. I melt EVERY time.
And now, my prayer for the day:
Dear God, thank you for the reminder to take a minute to pause and practice gratitude. I know well the benefits of this exercise, and can't wait to start feeling them! Thank you for all of the many blessings You have given me, both those listed above and those known only in my heart. I know that I am a truly blessed woman. Help me today to look for ways to SHOW my gratitude, and if there's some way I can be of service to You and Your kids. Amen