I pray that everyone has a happy and healthy 2016!
2016 “To Do” List
□Be kind to self
□Make room for fun
□Spend time with a child
□Love someone that seems unlovable
□Be a blessing to someone else
□Allow someone to be blessing to you
□Don’t just survive…
I don’t normally post so much personal stuff but when you’re posting about gratitude it’s hard not to… This last post sums up the other posts. If anyone is offended, or feels that it is not politically correct, you don’t have to read it, and I won’t be offended if you unfriend me. I respect everyone’s views and I hope they can respect mine.
Today I am grateful for the presence of God in my life. There is nothing that I have done or could do to deserve His love and grace. Times when I have made mistakes and the consequences are disastrous, somehow he works it out. While I always try to do the right thing, I don’t always suceed. There are things that I’ve experience, things that I’ve done, things that I think (and sometimes let slip out of my mouth) that make me question myself. I’m, so, not perfect but He loves me anyway. And without His love, mercy and grace, I would be lost. Every day is a great day, but with today symbolizing the birth of Christ, I thought it would be the perfect day to share who He is in my life.
Today I am grateful for family. It’s those relationships that evolve but never change (if that makes sense). Family will always be family, regardless of distance, time, divorce, anger, or anything else life throws into the mix. You just can shake family. At least not in my world. In my world, once you’re in, you’re in… Even death cannot change or undo family. I still think about my mom often. Sometimes the funny stuff she did/said, sometimes the lessons that she taught me, sometimes the “is she crazy?” moments and a lot of the time, just in awe of what she did for us with all of the barriers before her. She was the one to show me what family was. While I didn’t agree with everything she did/said, it set a strong foundation from which to grow. Now when I think about family, it includes those that I share a genetic link with, those that join in legally and those that “step in” in lovingly. So regardless of which category they fall in, if they are family, it’s permanent, it’s with unconditional love and it’s most definitely a blessing.
December Gratitude Challenge-Day 23 (Late)
This isn’t the scheduled entry, however because of things, outside of my control, I did not have time to write what I wanted to (which may have taken a while to get “just right”). So this is an easier, yet still very true, gratitude entry. I am grateful for routine. If you know me, you know that I am a creature of habit… If you do something with me more than 2 or 3 times…settle in.. because I will expect it until the day I die. I like knowing what’s going to happen, as well as when it’s going to happen. It’s not my best trait, by far, but it is what it is. I do choose to stray at times, because change can be good… And there are other times when I am forced to deviate from away my security blanket. It just makes me appreciate my insane schedule of patterned sameness even more.
I am also grateful for last minute surprises. I know, that doesn’t quite match what I just wrote… But when you’re packing and you find a gift (from the year before) in your suitcase, you can’t help but be happy.
December Gratitude Challenge-Day 22
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” Brene Brown
This is the last week of my gratitude challenge. I saved the biggest items for this week and I promised myself that I would not be all sappy with it…Today I am grateful for the relationships in my life. I am not a very social person and in some peoples opinions, I am too private. I do value my “me” time and will do almost anything to preserve it. However, that does not mean that I don’t value the relationships in my life. I am very grateful for all of the people in my inner circle as well as those on the peripheral. I believe that we were created to be connected to others. We experience love in connection with others and we experience healing in connection with others. I am blessed enough to have individuals who accept me for who I am and who are patient enough to see beyond the sometimes hard exterior. It warms my heart when I think about the friends that feel more like family…but that’s an entry for another day…