Monday, November 1, 2010

Giving Thanks in November

Wow, November is here already!  As I've posted on my homepage, I've decided not to wait until Thanksgiving Day to give thanks for all my blessings.  This month each post will be filled with thoughts of gratitude.  (No particular order)

Actually, until about 7 or 8 yrs ago, I didn't put a whole lot of thought into being grateful.  Sure I was happy about things but I don't know that I expressed it much.  Then I started making a gratitude list at the end of each journal entry - in the beginning it was really hard to come up with anything to put on the list.

As I started my journey toward being less of a whiny "poor me" "why me" kinda gal, I found giving thanks became a lot easier to do.  I also started to find joy in the "little things" - sun on my face, color of the fall leaves, having a piece of chocolate.

Everyday I talk to God throughout the day, giving thanks for all He has given me.  I thank Him for Gman, our boys, our jobs, our home, our friends and family...on and on.  Then something will happen - a car coming toward me crossing the yellow line then getting over as I pass... "Thank you Lord for watching over me".  I'll have just enough cash at the checkout... "Thank You God for that extra 5 bucks I had tucked away.  (Those things really happened, btw)

While being faced with a bad situation, I try to find something about that situation to give thanks.  Because it's REALLY easy to say "Thank You" when you win a million bucks... not so easy when your electricity gets turned off (that happened too).  When you give thanks during a bad situation it makes it a little easier to face... really no lie.  It's been my key to happiness.

So today... I'm thankful for having a washer and dryer. (Also thankful the cap on the bleach was on tight as the container fell off the shelf).  Yesterday I was able to get a lot laundry done.  The smell of clean bedding is a great way to end a long busy day. 

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