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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Day Of Gratitude

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Despite the fact that the retail market and radio stations have once again forgotten one of my favorite holidays, I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving. I love wearing sweaters, the crispness in the air, the leaves blanketing the ground and the plentiful supply of pumpkin-infused treats that become available in the autumn. Most of all, though, I love the time spent with family and friends over this holiday as well as the personal reflection on things that I am thankful for.

This time of personal reflection has brought about a bit of a problem, however - every thought seems to be laced with emotion. And I'm not talking pregnancy hormones. I have just been overwhelmed with thankfulness for how amazing my life is. What's the problem with that? you may be wondering. The only way I can think to describe it is to say that these thoughts and feelings are something for me alone - they are personal and even sacred to me and they are all I can think about. This makes for scarce blogging - because I don't really want to share how awesome my husband and kids are. I'm afraid it will come across the wrong way and those who read will roll their eyes and think I'm seeing through rose-colored glasses. (I'm not.)

It makes me feel braggy but I have a grateful heart nonetheless. Let me give you the gist of it...

Every time I look at my husband or any of my children lately I am overcome with a mixture of pride, happiness and emotion. I am constantly amazed and humbled by the gift I have been given in being able to bring another little one into our family. We are immensely blessed to have Allen love his steady job at an incredible company that is supportive of families. We live in a wonderful neighborhood - not only for the location but especially for the good people that we are lucky enough to call our friends. My family is in good health. Honestly, I could go on. And on. This is not bragging. The simple fact is that my life is awesome.

I have noticed that quite a few other bloggers use this month to write every day about something they are thankful for. I think that is a great idea and something I may even try one of these years. However, for now, instead of writing more about me and my blessings I would love to hear from you. Let's take time to recognize and focus on the great things that are happening in our lives. If you have to, go ahead and put on those rose-colored glasses. It's time to remember what we have to be thankful for...

Even if it's Christmas music playing 24/7 on the airwaves.

What are you most thankful for?


Sue said...

Like you, the answer to that will always be my family and everything they represent, physically and spiritually.


Lori said...

I am thankful for so many things and I love hearing what others are thankful for too. I don't think it sounds like bragging at all. I don't think it's looking through rose colored glasses either. I think it's focusing on what is good in our lives and recognizing the many positives or blessings that are there every day. I have an elderly friend that is dying and she still chooses to acknowlege the good around her every single day inspite of her hardships. I aspire to be just like her and live my life in that way. I am most grateful for all the people in my life.

mistyc0x said...

it is VERY uplifting to read what you are thankful for. to feel your happiness and your joy.

brag-blog away gerb! THAT IS AWESOME!!!

Mom not Mum (Sandy) said...

It's really difficult to blog what you are thankful for every day. Somedays I really STRETCH an idea and other days it is midnight and I realize I've got 2 minutes to post something.

I will be thankful when I can go back to being a lazy blogger.

Farscaper said...

It is not bragging to express thanks for things / people in your life. This world is full of unthankful people... I love to hear someone take inventory of the amazing things that have been put in their life path.

Richard & Natalie said...

I whole heartily agree with Farscaper; I would much rather hear someone talk about the good things in their life than listen to someone complain.

So since you are asking...on this particular day I am grateful for- washing machines, good friends who fix me lunch and sit and chat a minute, and authors who share stories from their own imaginations allowing me a little escape when life gets crazy.

Ashley said...

Today I am thankful that I had strawberry sorbet in my freezer and gummy bears in my cabinet.

Gerb said...

Sue- Family is what life's all about, isn't it?

Lori- I've found that when I surround myself with family and good friends that my life seems a little richer. Your elderly friend is a great example for all of us.

Misty- Thanks. I need to just drop my inhibitions and blog unapologetically about what I think and feel... I'm working on it. :)

MnM- I have no problem finding things I'm thankful for. I do often have a difficult time putting it into words, though.

Farscaper- Well, thanks for helping me feel justified. ;)

Natalie- You have friends who fix you lunch?! I need to get me some of those...

Ashley- Delicious treats are certainly worth expressing thanks for! And gummy bears are one of my favorites.

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