There are less than ten days left in this month of gratitude, and I am determined to end it feeling even more grateful and positive than ever. Thanks to all of the goodness that I am now focused on in my life and all of your kind feedback, I am confident that I can do just that, especially if I have even more great days like today. Here is what made the gratitude list on this warm and sunny Saturday:
- A good morning text. Instead of waking up to an alarm clock, I woke up to the sound of my cell phone alerting me that I had a text message. I was grateful to find a funny text message to start my day with a smile and a laugh, and it felt really nice to be thought of first thing in the morning. It definitely beats an alarm clock!
- Feeling unpleasant emotions and then letting them go. I noticed that I was feeling a bit out of sorts today, but instead of it being something negative, it ended up being something that I gave thanks for today. In the past, when unpleasant emotions have risen to the surface, they have commandeered my day and set off waves of anxiety and/or depression. But not today. Today, I acknowledged how I felt and made sure that I acted and thought my way through it in a way that didn’t leave me in a whirlwind of negativity. It didn’t take long for these feelings to dissipate, and when they exited, I was thankful, not just because they were now gone, but because it reminded me of the progress that I have made to get to a good place now. To quote Eddie Vedder: “The sorrow grows bigger when the sorrow’s denied
I only know my mind
I am mine”
- News that my daughters and their dad arrived safely at their destination. Our daughters will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday with their dad and some of the members of his family, and while I will miss them, I am glad that they will be with people who love them. I was relieved and grateful that they had a smooth and safe flight, and I appreciate their dad for taking them on this latest adventure.
My hope is that this Saturday has been one that has left you with much to be grateful for and that you find your own special way to say ‘thank you’ for all of it!
Just one thing each day . . .