Today, I’m aware of the fact that life is better than I deserve, which is saying something these days.
The world is full of pain and suffering, hardship and turmoil, disappointment and regret. I am not lucky, fortunate or merely disciplined; I am expected to do something with the grace I’ve been given.
And so are you. Being grateful is a choice.
So I made a list…
Here are my reasons to be thankful this week:
- I am thankful that I am still here. It appears that I have more than 9 lives.
- I am thankful for my husband who puts up with my craziness. Going on 16 years, I had 5 in the pool.
- I am thankful for my teenage daughter who reminds me every day that I am clueless. She has countless pairs of shoes and I have three.
- I am thankful that my almost teenage son who talks to me every day. He did not talk until he was 6 years old. Although in moments of weakness I do wish for an off button.
- I am thankful for my niece Aimee Marie born in September of this year, a true miracle and my sister one of the bravest people I know.
- I am thankful for my other sister and my brother. They did not have any babies this year but if they read this and I do not mention them I will hear about it. If you two do read this I will fight you to get that Ice Cream Scoop when mom gives it up.
- I am thankful for my parents married 51 years this month. Hide the Ice Cream Scoop. I will call you.
- I am thankful for my mastermind groups who encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone, share my talents and do work that matters.
- I am thankful for the gift of writing that it is both extremely easy to do and hard to master at the same time.
- I am thankful for being part of a community full of creative minds and opportunities.
- Lastly, and most importantly, I am thankful for Grace and a love that cannot be explained, only surrendered to, for a Creator that inspires creativity, for purpose and a hope that there is more to the story than we see.
Here’s my challenge to you:
Take some time today, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, to come up with a gratitude list. If it doesn’t come naturally, don’t let that stop you from still giving thanks. There is still much to be thankful for, if we only have eyes to see.