I am working hard to make gratitude more present in my life. This week is a fabulous reminder to be thankful. Plus, it is my favorite holiday! I just love everything about it! Every. single. thing.
Recently, I have discovered Joyce Meyer. She is a minister who focuses on how we approach our daily challenges. She basically tells her audience to get over themselves. Yep, I love her!
Yesterday, I was listening to one of her sermons on attitudes. It was called Attitude Adjustments. See, she’s sassy. We all know that we are responsible for how we respond to something/someone. But it was a loverly reminder to just get over myself. She said that our problems are rarely our actual problem. It is usually our approach to our problems that gives us such grief.
When I am upset with someone, I am simply wasting my time. Mainly because the people who upset us don’t generally dwell on us. They move on much more quickly from the hurt they inflict than the person who feels undermined by them. But also because time spent being upset can be better spent as time being happy.
If a person or situation continues to upset me, then I just need to spend less time with that person or in that situation. Rocket science, my friends.
If I cannot look right in front of me and see all the blessings that I have, then shame on me. Actually, shame on me twice.
So, in this week of Thanksgiving, I am going to take a minute and celebrate the gifts in my life – and then I am going to focus on those.
- Of course my family (and dear friends) top the list.
- Being able to breathe is a close second.
- My husband/children are safe and healthy and willing to work for what they want.
- Being a stay at home mom.
- My stupid diabetic cat that is the sweetest furball on the planet
- I rediscovered jello – did you know that grape jello tastes like dimetap medicine. Yum!
- I am writing again.
- You are reading what I write (you didn’t think I would leave you out, did you? Come now.)
- Our military, its leaders, and our veterans
- Rainy/Snowy days where everything gets canceled.
- Being able to hit the delete button and most of the time remembering to do that before I hit the send button.
- A good pencil that makes my handwriting look better
- Cheese, potatoes, tacos, salad – ok, let’s just say all things food
- I would be remiss if I did not mention Diet Dr. Pepper that has been graced upon this earth by the beverage gods
- My children aren’t that interested in finger paint and playdoh anymore – of course, if they wanted to delve in, I would totally let them – I am just sayin’ I don’t exactly miss peeling playdoh out of every crevice known to motherkind
- Books and stories
- Pretty paper and fun stationery
- A front door and a roof
- I pretty much have more than I need of everything
- I can be content with what is “sufficient” and not expect “over the top”
- And thumbs, I am very grateful for thumbs. 😉
Oprah used to encourage her viewers to keep a gratitude journal. At first I thought that her suggestion was kind of hokey – but I get it now. If you are focused on the good, the bad has a hard time creeping in. It took me about 3 minutes to come up with a list of 25 sincere things that make my life better.
I am so fortunate that this list barely scratches the surface but you probably want get busy on your on list so ta ta for now (yes, I am also thankful for Tigger and Pooh) – and Happy Turkey Day. Gobble Gobble!
And, what makes you grateful? Do tell…..