Okay, I’m not one to have everything come to a screeching halt at the first sign of trouble. If something big happens, there might be a stutter, a stumble for a few days, but rarely does anything in my world come to a complete stop…until everything falls apart and I feel like I’m in a tailspin, a downward spiral that isn’t going to stop. Heck, I usually have contingency plans for every eventuality I can think of. I even have contingencies for if, heaven forbid, I keel over tomorrow. I have left notes everywhere. I have PowerPoint presentations on how to do some of the stuff I do. I have Post-Its on what needs to happen next, what I’ve done and what I’m going to be doing on other things. Now, I know some of it is gibberish to anyone but me, but it’s a work in progress. Again, contingencies. Heck, I back up my data usually three times and still things go wrong. It’s an eventuality, it will happen.
This post isn’t about being ready for everything. You can’t be. Unfortunately, life has been teaching me that in spades lately. It’s currently taught me that there is no such thing as backing up too much (thank you to my adorable son for that lesson), that sometimes things (bad and good) happen for no reason at all, that the ones who truly care will still care no matter what they are going through at the time and they will ask you how you’re doing before they tell you what they’re doing (I have a few friends I’ve been thanking daily for that, you know who you are, so thank you again), and that no matter how many things we think we don’t take for granted, there will always be things we do take for granted.
So, this blog post is about being thankful for what you have, that age-old cliche. Below this paragraph is a rather lengthy summary of what I’m thankful for. You can read it if you like, sometimes it’s good to step back and take stock of what we have that’s going well when everything seems to be pointing to the negative. I encourage you to post in the comments what you’re thankful for.
I’ll tell you what I’m currently thankful for: I’m thankful for each morning I wake up, for each night I go to sleep, for every unlabored breath I take, for those who love me enough to call me and ask how I’m doing. I’m thankful for those people who know by the tone of my voice when something is wrong, for the acquaintances that I have who genuinely care even though they don’t know my situation. I’m thankful for those moments of peace when the house is still or settling and I find hope in the new day ahead. I’m thankful for the years I’ve spent with my husband. I’m thankful for my friends and family. I’m thankful for every bite I eat, for the ways that people show that they love me. I’m thankful I can still function on an everyday basis. I’m thankful I’m an optimist. I’m thankful for the little things people do sometimes that they think go unnoticed but mean the world to me. I’m thankful for the outpouring of love and support people have given lately. I’m thankful for the ability to rest. I’m thankful I have people that I worry about and people who worry about me. I’m thankful for other people’s blogs that talk of struggles and how they overcame them. I”m thankful for inspiration and prayers, even from people who don’t have the same beliefs as I do. There are so many more things I’m thankful for, but I’m going to leave my list here; partially because I’m exhausted, but partially because I’d be here all night if I continued. Every time I look around I see more that I’m thankful for, and not one is about the stuff, but they’re all about the things that money can’t buy like comfort and hope and resilience and childlike innocence. Thank you for reading my post.