I feel that all too often - we (so many of us) get bogged down with the negative, seem content to just wallow and focus and complain about all that is wrong - yet we have been so blessed (myself DEFINITELY included in this statement). At the same time, in the past few months, I have "met" several bloggers who have been faced with incredible challenges, who by all rights could hang their heads and just cry for hours on end and no one would blame them, but they do not (or if they do they manage to stand up, straighten up and move on). I am amazed with their strength, their resiliency, their determination, and their faith. Instead of reading posts that cry for pity during a tough journey, there are statements of fact ("this is what is happening") often followed by praises for all of the blessing that they have received, and optimism for the future, whatever it may bring.
I have been touched to the point of tears reading of Nate, Tricia, and Gwenyth, who in the past year have gone through more than most of us can imagine, but still find so much joy in their lives, and are willing to share all that they are going through so that they might help others. I have been amazed by MckMama, her faith that is carrying her through, her devotion to her family, and her ability to take what may be a moment to be frustrated or annoyed (if you can find her post about the disassembled patio you'll understand) and laugh about it - and just see the beauty of her family.
All of that leads me to this - I need to realize I lead a blessed life, I need to be thankful for all that I have been given, so little of it that I deserve. To give thanks only once a year, in November, is not enough - I think even weekly may be too little, but that's what I intend to do. Whether it is done publicly for you to see, or in private little ways for myself and my family, every Thursday I am going to take some time to give thanks for all that I have and for the life I have been blessed with.
To kick it off....
- I have an amazingly smart toddler, who knows what he wants and knows how to tell us
- I have an adorable chubbly little guy whose smile already lights a room
- I have a job - a pretty good one at that
- I own my own home, it may be messy but it is mine (well ours)
- I am in love
- I am loved