Thanksgiving 2013

I kind of missed the boat when it comes to posting something daily that I am thankful for. I decided today was the perfect day to sit down and take stock of my blessings.

For being raised to have faith. Non-denominational, non- judgmental, embracing everyone with love kind of faith.

I am thankful for a family that sticks together during the tough times. Lord knows the past 4 years have been filled with them. I wouldn’t have made it through without my family.

I am thankful for a group of friends that have changed my life. I am blessed beyond measure.

I am thankful for the people who work tirelessly for the good of others. Whether it is for the sake of adults in need, at risk kids, or animal rescue. You’re all rockstars and I’m grateful to you.

For a warm home.

Food on the table (assuming I went grocery shopping)

My pups. Sometimes they drive me insane, sometimes they still  potty in my house but the silliness and love they bring to my life makes every moment worth it.

A job that I enjoy. Granted, I’d rather stay home if given the chance (who wants to leave a comfy bed with three snuggly pups) but I know that each day I make a difference for people and I have fun doing it.

Working for an amazing company.

Having compassionate and supportive bosses.

Working with a team of highly talented, passionate, individuals.

A safe, reliable car.

Laughter. Every day. (often from my pups or the people I work with or the family and friends).

Good books that suck me in and transport me to another world.

Love. In all its forms.

Wine. So good. White. Red. Blush. So many varieties.

All of my (many) jobs in the past. They all taught me something and gave me a rather varied set of experiences.

Coffee. It is a perfect pick me up, the warmth, the caffeine. As Gram would say, ‘it opens the eyes.”

For wonderful examples of enduring love and relationships within my family and their long marriages.

For our military, police, fire, and ems. These people put their lives on the line daily to protect our freedom and safety. They are underpaid and undervalued but they do it anyway. I am thankful for them.

Teachers.

Living in a state that doesn’t have many natural disasters.

The kindness of neighbors. Last week one neighbor cleaned the leaves that were piled up at my curb. Another mulched the leaves on my front lawn.

Technology- for all the ways it can connect people, educate us, and entertain us.

Music. It can totally change one’s mood. Picks me up when I’m down. Calms me down when I am worked up.

The availability of nutritious food and clean water. The money to supply those.

My health. Without that one has nothing.

Having someplace to go today and people to celebrate with.

There we have it, twenty-eight blessings for the past twenty-eight days.Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!

Gray Sky Pondering

Well here I am, a gray but sunny day in Metro Detroit. My Uncle J is in the hospital yet again. My pups are spread out throughout the house sleeping, bundled up in blankets. I am soothed by the sounds of my washing machine. Soothed because it means I am being productive early in the day. It is my day off today and I have been awake since 7:45am. That is kind of huge for me. 

I have a mental list of things I’d maybe like to accomplish today. After the busyness of last weekend, with my cousin’s wedding and all, I am looking forward to hanging around my house for the most part. I’ve started tidying up too. I grabbed the ever growing stack of celebrity gossip magazines from the coffee table and put them on the half door to take out to the recycling bin. I’ve eaten some yogurt and drank my coffee. Today just feels… Good.

Yesterday morning or perhaps it was the day before I watched an inspiring video on facebook. (Where else do we get inspired nowadays, right?) It was some guy standing on an empty stage, talking about how amazing women are. He spoke to an empty auditorium. He spoke about how as women, we are a gift from God and we are worthy and loved. It was a three minute piece and it spoke to me. Reminding me, yet again that all the negative self talk is damning. Here is the link if anyone wants to watch it. 

Thanks to this newfound hope I’m trying to not allow myself any negative self thoughts. When I am getting dressed if I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror I tell myself I am beautiful just the way I am. When I find myself about to binge on food out of boredom I have stopped myself and while it may sound crazy told myself, “Devil get out of my head. Quit trying to make me unhappy.” 

It isn’t news to me that thoughts become actions. That one’s inner dialogues sets the tone for our lives.  Sometimes though it is so easy to focus on the negative, to dwell on our insecurities, to magnify our failures to the point that we can’t see the good anymore. Or maybe that isn’t a “we” thing, maybe it is a “me” thing. I’m not depressed… Too much. I swear. Sometimes I am. Sometimes I am an optimist. Two sides of the same coin. 

Well as I feel I’ve rambled enough, I think I am gonna sweep and dust and other housekeeping type things. Happy Saturday!