It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Gratitude. I write about it often and especially on Thursdays. Evin over at Food Good Laundry Bad had a completely different reaction to the Gratitude prompt… and she has a valid point… all too often, we are inundated with gratitude posts that come “across as bragging — either “look how much cool shit I have in my life” or “Look how down to earth I am for being grateful for the simple things””
As I read her post, I took it personally… there’s a shock… and I began to wonder if that’s how I come across… I honestly don’t know but what I do know, is that if you know me at all, my hope is that you know that for me, Gratitude is more than lip service. It’s a way of life for me. I may only post my gratitude on Thursdays, but I take a moment every day to reflect all my blessings.
You see, there was a time when I couldn’t find much to be grateful for… 10 years ago when I was going through my divorce, I hit rock bottom. Over time, I found myself again… an evolving process that will never end of course. I started to relish in the good. I started to try to catch friends and loved ones doing good. I started to pull myself out of the darkest of darks with the help of those who have been by my side through the good and the bad. When you’ve seen nothing but dark, you can’t help but appreciate the light.
So, you’ll have to forgive me if this all seems trite. You are welcome to move on and read someone else’s blog if you feel that this is, in any way, superficial or self-promoting.
This week, I’m especially grateful for…
- Talented doctors & nurses who are taking care of my daddy today.
- Teachers, Counselors and a Principal who is as concerned for the Giant as I am and are working with me to change his world.
- Chicken soup that really is magical.
- A Fever that disappeared almost as quickly as it came on.
- Friends who reach out to remind me that I’m never alone.
- Friends who give me space to deal with life.
- My family who is more supportive than I can even begin to express in words.
- Traffic that gives the Giant and I more time to connect.
- A job that affords me the flexibility to care for my offspring.
- Opportunities to build relationships with some amazing companies.
- An exciting adventure coming up soon.
- Warm boots and a warmer coat.
- And Coffee. Always Coffee.