Be Thankful

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward


It’s amazing how a daily practice of Gratitude can change your life. Don’t believe me……try it.

I woke up this morning, tired and feeling grouchy. I probably could have stewed in my misery but I asked myself, “What do I have to be thankful for?”

Believe me, it’s not like angels sang and the heaven’s opened up, and a light shone down and my life was transformed. My first thought was……

Man, I am gonna be so thankful when I drop these kids off at school.

HA!

Yup, thankful for alone time……to really bask in my tiredness and misery.

We were going to be late this morning, I didn’t even really let it phase me. I just embraced the moment. Get ready, without a freak out, without tears. We are going to be late. So let’s eat breakfast, get dressed and get this show on the road.

And we did. And as the morning went on, all these little thoughts kept coming to me.

I’m so thankful to be alive even if I’m tired.

I’m thankful that my kids are going to school, even if just for a half day (Jude is dealing with some school/seperation anxiety and is only doing a few hours, at the moment)

I’m thankful for a home, even if it a mess.

I’m thankful for a vehicle so we don’t have to walk.

I’m SO thankful for Daylight Saving Time because we get more evening sun. (don’t hate. I LOVE it)

I’m so thankful for coffee, this morning.

I’m even thankful that we are supposed to get snow tonight because it’s bright and white and not dreary rain.

All these Thankful, Positive thoughts snowballed as I got the kids ready and drove to school and dropped them off. It’s like the Gratitude gained momentum and the misery just shrunk until I could no longer feel it wrapped about me like a scarf.

I’m still tired. My reality is still the same, but my focus has shifted and that shift brings such an amazing awareness of the good things in life. Today will be a good day. Because I choose it be.

What are you thankful for? I’ d love to hear.


Author: Patricia Culley

I'm the ringmaster of my own circus. Just trying to stay one step ahead of the monkeys.

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