There are times when I find myself so stressed by the sheer number of duties on my to-do list that I must stop and make a conscious note of all the blessings in my life. Sometimes it’s hard and I am grumpy, so all I can come up with right then is something like “I am thankful my family is healthy.” While that is no small thing (a healthy family), in the heat of frustration or stress, it is a simple enough task to show gratitude for the life I have. One deep breath, one silent prayer of thanks, and on I go – perhaps my load has not been lightened, but my attitude has improved. I am grateful for my healthy family. I am grateful that I have running water, heat, a home in which to live. I am grateful for the friends and family who make my life full and rich. I am grateful for the ability to have a job I love. I am grateful for this beautiful world in which we live and that I have been able to travel to so very much of it. I am grateful for books. I am grateful for pumpkins and chocolate and peppermint and other tasty treats. I am grateful for health insurance. I am grateful that I live in a place as beautiful as the Pacific Northwest. I am grateful that I come from a place with a rich and wonderful cultural heritage and that I can visit home and see family and friends. I am so grateful to have students who enrich my life.
What are you grateful for? As we head into the Season of Giving, stop for a minute to take note of that for which you are thankful. For this blog, I’d like you to make a list of 10 things, people, acts, etc. that you are thankful. But I encourage you to keep a Gratitude Journal – something in which you write down daily at least 5 things you’re grateful for. It’s amazing how much more beautiful and healthy our lives become when we truly stop to be grateful.
Due Friday 11/28