Life isn’t easy. There are seasons I’ve felt I’d never get past or get over in my own life. There are times where I get bogged down, discouraged and disheartened. Where all I want to do is just give up, curl up on the sofa with whatever sweet treat I can get my hands on and Netflix myself into a coma. It happens. And I’ll bet it’s happened to you, too.
Something a wise woman once told me to do when I feel like this is to start counting my blessings. Stop wallowing and think about all those things I am thankful for. And really – there are so many things I have to be grateful for it doesn’t take me long to pull myself out of the funk.
November holds Thanksgiving, a holiday where the colonists gave thanks for their survival and their harvest. As I’m reflecting on Thanksgiving and thankfulness in my own life this year, I decided to journal a few things I’m deeply grateful for. Things I think about when I’m feeling that funk coming on.
My husband and my son
Someday I’ll post about our adoption story on this blog. It was a long 7 year struggle to become a mom and it was a very dark time for me. I was a tangle of an emotional mess. I’m beyond thankful my husband stayed beside me, supported me, loved me, cried with me and came through the other side with me. To this day, he’s still amazing. I couldn’t ask for a better man and I count myself lucky beyond riches to have such a wonderful guy to share this life with.
And my son. The love I feel for him could move the earth. He is my sun and moon. I never knew love like this existed.
Okay – enough. I know.
But really, those two are the icing on my cake. I am thankful every day, every night, all the time they are in my world.
I’m thankful I grew up where I have and have had the luxury of education and resources at my fingertips. I’m so thankful I live in the day and age I do where information is so available, and I can find whatever I need with a little perseverance. I am extremely thankful I know how to read and write.
A few years ago, I felt terrible. I hated how I felt in my own skin. Read more about that time HERE, if you’re interested. I’ve been on a learning journey with my health for the past two years and I am very thankful I feel so much better today and to have found answers to many of my heath questions and concerns.
I’m very thankful I live where I can worship my God the way I want to. There are many places in our world where that simply is not allowed. It’s one of those things I can easily slip into taking for granted.
Modern day accoutrements
Clean running water. Heating and cooling. Sheets and blankets. Hot water. Washing Machines. Dishwashers. Refrigeration. Televisions. Cell phones. And all the other big things that make life so nice. I’m so thankful I was born into a time where I get to enjoy these things! I cannot fathom the difficulties pioneers faced on a daily basis!
Books – TV – Music
I’m thankful entertainment exists in so many different forms and for the writers and creators behind these forms of media. They make the world a happier place.
I love Goodreads. I am SO thankful it came along – I remember more than once, trying to have a conversation about this or that book and not being able to remember the name of it. It drove me nuts. Now I have a great catalogue of all those books I’ve read, stretching back for years!
Good family relationships & a few good friends
I get along with my family. I enjoy my family. We don’t fight very often and it’s usually over quickly if there is any bickering. I know how precious this is and how rare it is. My husband’s family is not this way at all, and my heart hurts for what he’s lost there. Some things just can’t be changed no matter how much you wish for them. I am thankful for what I have in this part of my life. Along that same vein, I don’t have many friends, but those I do, I hold dear an am very thankful they are in my life. As I grow older, I feel blessed to have the few good friends I do have and little to no drama in that realm of my life.
Coffee – Tea – Chocolate
Iced coffee with a dollop of cream, Hot steamy tea with a touch of sweetness, and dark rich chocolate (especially when it surrounds caramel or peanut butter) are some of my favorite foodie things. I’m very thankful I didn’t have to give any of them up with our low carb lifestyle!
I am so-so-so thankful for modern medicine. I worry enough about the people I love – at least I don’t have to worry about them catching some terrible disease!
When I start thinking about all the things I’m thankful for I realize how lucky I am. I hope this short bit inspires a little thankfulness into your Thanksgiving week.