Outside my window, I can hear slamming car doors and excited people returning from a marathon shopping spree. They're carrying their purchases into the house while I sit here reading a book. And while I'm sure my neighbors got some good deals, I know that I spent a relaxing day falling in love with my favorite book here again. I didn't fight traffic or stand in long lines to make a purchase because we still have over a month until Christmas. There's plenty of time to shop, and I know retailers will come up with even more deals to entice shoppers. So, today, I took the chance to do nothing, and I'm grateful.
Today, I'm grateful for Thanksgiving and not just because of the food or the time I get to spend with family and friends. I'm grateful for the chance to consider everything I'm thankful for. We don't dwell on our blessings enough, and Thanksgiving gives me that one day that's all about gratitude. So all throughout the day, I'm reminded that I have so many reasons to be glad for my life and those in it.
Notice I didn't say I'm grateful that I get to cook? That would be dishonest. I don't like cooking. In fact, I will avoid it at any costs, but I am grateful that I learned how to cook. Much of the time, it's cheaper to cook than it is to eat out. So I did a lot of cooking during my college days. With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I'll be cooking this evening as well, and I'm glad that I can bring something to our gathering, even though my family knows they only receive a cooked dish from me twice a year. (Thanksgiving and Christmas) Still, it's a skill I'm glad I learned, and who knows? There may even come a day when I enjoy it! But I'm not holding my breath!
Last night, a long distance friend and I spent close to three hours on the phone, talking about anything and everything. I cleaned house while we talked, and she cooked and baked, our conversation a natural accompaniment. We live almost four hours away from one another, and our conversations are always epic in length, but this was one of our longest. What was one of the greatest things about it is we never ran out of things to talk about. There were no long pauses because we were too busy sharing bits and pieces of our lives that the other one wasn't present for.
Today, I'm grateful for long conversations because they allow me to reconnect with people I don't get to see every day. They allow me to maintain one foot in the lives of those who are far away.
A friend of mine says there's nothing like a lesson you buy and pay for yourself. It's her way of saying you learn more from lessons that cost you, and I couldn't agree more. As much as I adore the teachers in my life, there have been times when they could not have taught me what a choice I made did.
You know, like when you go on a shopping spree simply because you feel like shopping and the next morning, your car won't start and suddenly you're having to scramble for the money to get it fixed? I call that a life lesson. Or when I don't bother to put my reading glasses on because I'm sure that the recipe called for a tablespoon of cayenne pepper and not a teaspoon. Yep. Life lesson. And I won't make that mistake again. That's why I'm grateful for life lessons today.
I often wish I could go back in time, to see
how people lived in the 1800 and 1900s.
I'd love to ride in a horse-drawn carriage
through the dusty streets on my way to
a one-room church. And don't even get
me started on the 1920s! I love that era.
All of this said, I would only want to visit
not stay because I know I'd miss the
wonders of this world too much.
Technology has changed our world, and though it might not all be for the best, there is more than enough good to make up for the bad, in my opinion. People that lived centuries ago lived hard lives with the realities of their time period. Today, I get to read the research sites on my laptop while listening to music and waiting for a call on my cell phone. I don't have to wait for information as it's at my fingertips. I can store thousands of books on my Kindle and take just as many photos on my phone. And that's why, today, I'm grateful for technology!
There's nothing quite like a good laugh, is there? And I'm not talking about a chuckle. I'm talking about the hold-your-sides-with-tears-streaming-down-your-face kind of laughter. No matter how stressed or busy I am, I always make time for laughter. Usually, something will come along during the day to make me laugh. If not, I will watch funny videos, read mugs on Pinterest, or call one of my friends that can always make me laugh.
Laughter makes me feel alive and happy. It decreases the stress and gives me a boost of good energy. So I laugh every day. It's important, and that's why I'm grateful for laughter today!
If you don't constantly need doctors, you might not appreciate this as much as I do. I have quite a few health challenges that I rarely discuss, some of which have required numerous surgeries, and I've been fortunate to, for the most part, have wonderful doctors. Doctors that care, work diligently to put me back together, and sincerely want to see me get well. So today, I am grateful for excellent doctors and surgeons who are not only exceptional at their chosen career path but are kind, compassionate, and truly remarkable people.
Today, I'm grateful for courage. The courage to follow my dreams, to keep pushing even when the odds are overwhelming. Courage isn't something that is easily obtained. It's only through trials that we realize how brave we are. In the midst of the battles, I found my courage, and that' is why I'm still here, ever grateful for the strength to go on.
What kind of author would I be if I didn't include good books in my list of things to be grateful for these thirty days? With books, inspiring movies, music, and favorite television series, escape is always within my grasp. And I have to say that I've discovered some wonderful gems in books over the recent months. Books by Veronica Blade and Emerald Barnes have captured and held my attention, even to the point where I was repeatedly asking one of those authors when the final book in the series was coming out. Those are the kind of books that let me get lost in a world that isn't mine, but I love every second that I visit. So, today, I'm grateful for good books!
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