This month, I’ve been posting on Facebook each day something I am grateful for. Having an attitude of gratitude is something that helps me keep focus on what’s important in my life. It is way too easy to get off track this time of year. It’s way too easy to succumb to “wants” instead of “needs.” Today, I felt the need to write a longer gratitude list.
Today, I am grateful for:
- The calming of the wind. Strong winds feel so violent to me, they can wreak so much havoc and do so much damage. I like to hear that there is peace in the air.
- The mild temperatures we have been having here. I have been enjoying these days of sunshine and temperatures well above freezing at night. I know it will soon change, so I am enjoying every minute of it.
- My little dog, Maggie. She’s a bundle of energy when I get home, a sleepy head in the morning, and sometimes a little grouchy. Her happiest moments are when she is eating and when she frightens away imaginary creatures of the night. She is my cuddle kid. I’m so thankful she saved me.
- My Jonnie Katt. I tell him he is my boy child and that he is very handsome, because he is. He is a lover boy, and I am grateful to hear his purrs each and every day.
- Waking up of a morning. One day I may not wake up, then who’s going to feed and take care of my kids?
- A peaceful lifestyle. Truly, I am so thankful for the quiet atmosphere. It is such a peace to not worry about whether another hole will be punched in the wall, if I will do something to set off someone’s anger, if I will have to endure the punishment of silence. God heard my cries and He saved me.
- Kind words during stressful times. They can soothe nerves better than any drug.
- When the mailman brings me “Happy Mail.” And by that I mean something that is not a bill or catalog. A card. A note. A postcard just saying hello, I thought of you.
- Having necessities, like food, water, electricity. We so often take these things for granted when there are so many who have to do without.
- A soft pillow. Oh, what sweet dreams a soft pillow beneath the head can bring.
- Soft tissues to blow my nose with.
- Lotions and creams to soothe dry, raw skin.
- Books that entertain me and make me laugh.
- People that entertain me and make me laugh.
- The fresh smell of clean clothes right out of the dryer.
- A message from a friend on Facebook or Twitter, just to check on me to see if I was ok. It’s nice to be thought of in a nice way.
- The ability to think for myself, to make decisions, and act on them.
- Paper Mate ink pens. Especially, the pink Flex Grips for Breast Cancer Awareness. They write smooth and feel good in my hand.
- Having more than one pair of shoes.
- Smiling at a stranger, and they smile back.
- Fruits & vegetables and canned garlic dill pickles.
- Accepting Jesus as my Lord & Savior was the smartest thing I’ve ever done. Without him, nothing else would matter. I am grateful for being saved from my sins by his blood.
My list could go on, but I will stop for now. It does my heart good to feel grateful. What are you grateful for today?
Please feel free to share.