Friday, December 4, 2015

Re-examining Gratitude

At the end of the day, look at your life. Take a moment to be grateful for everything that happened to you that day--even the not so great things--but don't dwell on those.  Recognize your blessings one by one.  Do not disregard the time that you were able to take a break, or as my husband, W, used to say "sharpen the saw."  Did you enjoy it?  
Don't discount that quick hug you gave your child as they dashed out the door or the family prayer that you may or may not have had.  Savor that amazing taste of that candy you ate and sort of felt guilty about eating--remember you ate and you loved it.  Oh, how good it felt to get your shoes and socks on and the warmth of being inside your jacket and warm clothes as you walked outside to your car or wherever to get where you needed to go?  Cherish the time when you were buying the food you needed for dinner that sweet feeling of "I am so glad I can do this myself" or if you can't do it for yourself "I am so glad that so-and-so go that for me."
Think of how snugly you felt all wrapped up your covers on your bed this morning?  It felt wonderful to have food filling you so you could move about your day without hanger (hunger/anger from being hungry)?  Remember that laugh you shared with yourself when you watched that cat video?  Did you just love the smiles of your honey-bunches-of-oats family or the exuberance of your family pet?
I guess what I am saying is, remember that no matter who you are or your circumstances, you have a Heavenly Father that loves you and blesses you all the time.  What are you doing to show Him your love for Him?

Pondering complete. For now. 

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