Thankful Thursday

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I’ve seen this idea before, but was reminded of it again as I read Lindy Jordan‘s blog recently. The idea is gratitude. In the midst of my divorce, my friend Katie gave me the above necklace. While the whole message hit me, the “be grateful” part really resonated. Yes, I was living overseas, my husband had just announced he was gay, and I was getting divorced, but I still had so much in my life. I had so much to be thankful for – great friends, a supportive family, an education to fall back on, etc.

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the daily routine of getting by, we forget to give thanks. I am not a religious person and don’t care who you give thanks to – God, Allah, the universe, your spirit animal, whatever. It doesn’t matter, just the expressing of thanks will make your life better. For me showing gratitude gives me time to feel peace, realize how lucky I am, and realize that I don’t need as much as I want or even as much as I have.

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

I’m not sure if Thankful Thursday will turn into a regular feature, but I adore alliteration and there’s no better time to be grateful than right now. I would like to encourage you to take a few minutes every day and think about what makes you grateful. This doesn’t have to take a lot of time or even have its own designated time. Think of your gratitude list as you brush your teeth, while you’re in the shower, or while you’re out walking the dog – just take a few minutes to be grateful.

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Here are some of the things I’m grateful for today:

– a family that supports me

– that I finally found the courage to go after what I want

– for a boyfriend who helped me realize my dreams and encouraged me to go after them

– that my body allows me to keep pushing the limits

– for friends who support, and encourage, my kind of crazy

– for a spotty mess of a dog that provides unconditional love

– for a job that pays the bills until I can live my dream

– that I’ve been able to travel to so many amazing places

– for friends who open their homes to me around the world

Life is good GREAT, folks! Find your happy place and count your blessings – you just might realize you have more than you thought.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. team blue ox (@teamblueox)
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 09:24:05

    I’m grateful for lots of things, but I am especially lucky (and thus grateful) to have fallen into so many experiences that yielded interactions with people like you. I am also grateful for my family, my ability to change and grow, and senses of humor.

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