As I hear about the storm and tornado damage and devastation and loss of life that is happening across our Nation and the recent after-affects and devastation from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I realize how much I take for granted and that sometimes I can be selfish.
I am thankful that GOD is my Lord and Savior. I should feel blessed that He gives me another day each morning when the alarm goes off – instead of groaning and hitting the snooze button “one more time.” He gives me strength and courage, wisdom and safety and love and forgiveness – even when I don’t deserve it.
I am thankful for my amazing husband who treats me like a queen every day; he brings me coffee in the morning when I’m in the shower and prepares my dinner (and sometimes my lunch) almost every night. He loves me when I have bed-head or a brand new haircut; when I’m freshly showered – or not; when I’m cranky and when I’m happy. He’s the love of my life.
I am thankful for my three wonderful sons that I adore with my heart and soul. They have grown into fine, young men and they treat others with kindness and respect and love. They are each going through their own trials and life issues at the moment and I pray for them every day.
I am thankful for my handsome, smart, wonderfully fun grandson, Christopher Paul. He’s the light of my life and I know that he will grow up to accomplish great things.
I am thankful for my extended family – my parents, sisters, sisters and brother-in-laws, Church family, Karate family, my blog buddies and friends. They are there when I need them - to listen, to nurture, to reprimand, to guide, to teach, to hug, to scream, to laugh and cry with.
I am thankful that Spring is here and Summer is on its way and I can enjoy the warmth of the sun, emerging blooms on plants, flowers and bulbs, freshly mowed grass and the fact that I have a home to return to each night when I leave my office – at a time when so many others have lost their homes.
I am thankful for my pets – Roxy, Calli and Rascal. My dogs, Roxy and Calli greet me every day when I come home with wagging tails and sloppy kisses. They keep me warm when I’m cold and cuddle with me when I’m having a bad day. And even though Rascal is a bird and he barks like a dog when he wants attention and it can be VERY annoying, he makes me smile and laugh when he talks – and it sounds like my husband.
I am thankful for my job. I love my job. It’s fascinating, keeps me on my toes and I learn something new every day.
I am thankful for my health. Yes I’m overweight and I struggle to catch by breath sometimes during karate, bicycle riding, hiking or exercising, but for the most part, I’m fairly healthy – and breathing!
I am thankful that I have enough food to eat and clean water to drink – whenever I want it.
Should I feel guilty because I am so fortunate? I don’t think so, but I do need to remember that while there are a lot of things happening in the world – and some of them not so nice – there are many more reasons to be thankful. I can have a spirit of gratitude. I need to always look at my life with a positive attitude and a thankful heart. My heart is grateful and I am more appreciative of my own blessings.