Here we are in the final days of June, that means the year is already half over! I wonder why time feels like it goes so fast when you are older. More than ever it makes me aware of how I spend my time, what is really valuable and important to me. I know without a doubt that maintaining a focus on gratitude is not just important, it’s critical to my faith and future. So without further ado, here’s ten of the many reasons I am grateful this week…
I am thankful for:
1) The wonderful assistance of Akismet tech support. (Akismet is the program that monitors WordPress blogs for spam.) Early in the week I experienced a few days when I could not get my comments to post on anyone’s blog, and even when it said they posted, I could not see them on my end. After much frustration and searching, it turned out to be a combined issue of Akismet filtering settings and the browser cache on both my iPhone and netbook. Once they determined what the problem was, it was an easy fix, and I am so happy to be up and running smoothly again!
2) That my sister is healing so well from her surgery and has such a positive attitude about life. She was able to attend a small party with friends this week, and finally being allowed to go out did her a world of good.
3) Having a bit more patience than I once did. My first impulse with the commenting issues this week was to give up and stop blogging once again. If you can’t comment it’s not much fun. Thankfully, perseverance took over, and I kept working on finding out the answers until the problem was resolved. A good lesson for many of the little frustrations in life… don’t give up so easily!
4) All the times that I’ve survived the bad choices I’ve made in life. Now that I am older I have forgiven myself for them and can chalk them up to learning experiences. I tend to learn things the hard way, and often have to repeat lessons until the light finally dawns on me! 🙂
5) The beautiful month of green yards and range land we got to experience here due to the unusual amount of rainfall we had this Spring. That has pretty much come to an end now, and high temperatures are quickly returning our world to the familiar dry brown, but it was lovely while it lasted, and I appreciated the temporary reprieve, as did all the animals trying to survive.
6) The opportunity to provide bowls of water and supplemental food to some of the critters that make their homes around us. While I know most of them would probably survive without this, when you watch those little ground squirrels happily drinking water at the bowls and munching on black oil sunflower seeds, you know it’s making their lives easier. It also provide free “reality tv” for my furkids who love to watch them from the cat trees in the windows. 🙂
7) The blessing of having a dear friend that just “gets me” without the need for long explanations or justifications of my point of view. It is so freeing to be able to share anything and everything with someone who doesn’t view you as totally weird (or least not any more weird than she is).
8) The wonderful convenience of having an automatic clothes washer and dryer. It is so easy to pop a load in and go about other things while it is running thru it’s cycle. I recall my mother spending all day every Monday in the basement washing laundry for our family (initially with an old ringer washing machine) and then hanging it on clotheslines to dry. She then spent all day Tuesday standing at the ironing board and ironing everything, including bedsheets and pillow cases. And yet I don’t ever recall her complaining about spending her days this way, even when she wasn’t feeling good. I realize now how us kids took those clean, neatly pressed clothes for granted. I know I wouldn’t be as patient if I had to spend my days that way.
9) The opportunity to share some positive words of encouragement with a young man who doing his best on his first day as a new cashier, with a surly supervisor that wasn’t really cut out for teaching (and probably wasn’t happy with that assignment). He was so nervous about making mistakes, but was actually very polite and friendly, and I was glad I could leave him smiling even for a little while. I remember how stressful it is to learn new jobs.
10) A husband that takes an interest in the things I do, and encourages me to be myself. I had a wonderful large purse that I love because it has several outside pockets that make it easy to keep frequently used items like my car keys and cellphone sorted and accessible. After years of daily use it finally wore out, and I was happy to find that I could order another one online. The old one was gray, so this time I was going to choose black to have something different. Papa Bear looked at the options and noted that there was a pretty purple one. He knows how much I love purple. I nodded and said “yes, but it probably won’t look great with anything I wear.” “Who cares,” he said, knowing that it was going to make me happy regardless. I followed his advice and we both agree that it is lovely; bright colors are so much more fun than subdued ones! Never underestimate the joys of small things! 🙂
As always, I am so very thankful for the life I’ve been given, for all that I have learned and continue to learn, and for all the amazing people I have come to know and love! Blessings to each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!
If you’ve never participated in the weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I encourage you to check it out. Read what others are feeling grateful for this week, and maybe add a post of your own (it doesn’t have to be ten things, any expression of gratitude is welcome)!