Thursday, August 6, 2009

Just a little bit of thanks...

It' s so easy sometimes to get caught up in all the things about life that I wish I could change...all the things that I want to do, all the things I wish I had time to do, all the things I could do "if only", all the things that irritate or upset me.....When those negative thoughts start to overwhelm me, I try to combat them with positive thoughts of all the things that are perfect just as they are. I try to remember all the things that I have to be thankful for. So to that end, here is my list of "thanks". It reminds me that I can find good in every aspect of my life, because even if it doesn't seem to be good at the moment, I know it will be for my highest good in the long run.

"I give thanks for peace and joy and family. I give thanks for my little boy's too big feet and too long toe nails kicking me under the covers, because it means he is alive and healthy and strong. I give thanks for my mother's too honest words, and too many questions, and gentle too nosy prodding into my life--because it means she loves me and wants me to be thoughtful. I give thanks for the recent three long days of crazy family drama I had, because even though it was annoying at the time, it means that I have a family--a history and a future and a support system. No matter how much there is disagreement from within the group, I know I've got a powerful unit backing me against any external opposition--not everybody has that. I give thanks for the tears I sometimes cry, because they mean that I can still feel and that I'm not bitter because of any negative thing that I've experienced. I give thanks for these few extra pounds that I can say I want to lose, because it means I can afford to put food on my table. I give thanks for the job I dread going to every day, because it forces me to examine myself and figure out what I really want to do with my life; what will allow me to feel fulfilled through proper use of my talents, unique gifts and my education. I give thanks for my dreams, because they bring forth the actions to make them come true. I give thanks for the healing comfort of writing to release my pain or to unleash my plan. I give thanks for deep cleansing breaths, because they help to clear my mind. I give thanks for rest and reinvention. I give thanks for the beauty I can find in anything. I give thanks, quite simply, for life and the ability to do anything at all."


What things are you thankful for?

4 comments:

GG said...

I'm thankful for my energetic children who are a lot to handle but that means they are full of life and spirit. I'm thankful for my cluttered home because it is filled with love and messy children. I am thankful for my job although I complain about it. I'm thankful for my man who I've grown up with and learned the meaning of love with and who never gives up on himself, on me or on us. I'm thankful for my physical and mental health. I'm thankful for my bad habits because working through them teaches me to love myself and accept other people's bad habits. And I'm thankful for cheeseburgers, milkshakes and french fries even though I can't eat these things as much as I used to :/

Brandiss said...

I am thankful for my journey as a single mother, it has truly made me stronger; even though it wasn't my ideal plans for early adulthood. I am thankful for my lazy supervisor and my job, both have allowed my patience to grow. I am thankful for my car that does not have AC in this GA heat because I could have been sitting at a busstop in the heat. Also, I am thankful for my family, no matter how disfunctional they may seem at times, they are all functional for the plan that God has set out for my life.

Brandiss said...

Oh yeah, I am thankful for your blog because it makes me think. I read it while Im at work and most of the times it helps me focus back where I need to be. I don't always comment, but I do read!

Peace Love and Pretty Things said...

Hi Brandiss! Your feedback is much appreciated! Oh, and by the way, all families are dysfunctional :)

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