On Gratitude

Welcome, November! 

I give you the floor. 

May you show me so much more in my life to be thankful for. 

It is the first of November and as I sit here reflecting, I am reminded, more so than the 10 other months that have passed, to be grateful for all that has come, and gone, and stayed in my life. Thanksgiving Day is soon upon us, and it’s around this time of year I get caught in the spirit of “Thanks Giving”.  August and September are all about getting kids prepped for the start of school, October is all about Halloween, November is the month I get to breathe and take it all in.  For the rest of the month, I would love to shed light on the minute and grandiose blessings that strengthen the strands that weave my life.  I am excited to share with you just how bountiful blessings are in a life when we take the time to stop and breathe.

We all have a past, of which contains the many life experiences that have helped us become the person we are today. Some roads were harder to cross, no doubt; some lessons were harder to learn, I admit that; but, in turn, if we so choose to see it, all these experiences that we have gone through have laid the foundation of who we are today. Please take the time to acknowledge how far you have come and how much stronger you are now.

So, for the next few weeks I will be targetting a #ThrowbackThursdayThankfulnessChallenge2018 to highlight a few of the many reasons I am thankful for in this life of mine. This is my way of participating in the #ThankfulnessChallenge started by her.designed.life and Savingjoyfully. Will you be participating?

I am interested in reading about what you are thankful for. I hope that you care to share with me your many blessings. If you have a November Thanks Giving post, please direct me to it. I would love to give it a read. Caught you unprepared?! Well, let me show you just how easy it is to get started today on being thankful for all the many unmentionable components that make up our lives.

I give you 7 simple daily blessings I am grateful for from the time of waking this morning, that I may at times just brush aside.

  1. Sleep

    1. Today, I woke up refresh. Sleep made that possible. It recuperates my body and prepares me for the coming bout life will throw at me next.
  2. Finger Nails:

    • Let’s face it, skin to skin contact to scratch an itch is not nearly as satisfying, lest to the point of creating skin burn.
  3. Working Toilets

    • Have you used a port-a-potty at some point in your life?! If you have, you know just how much of a luxury a working toilet is.
  4. Elastic Hair Ties

    • I get up, usually at 5 am, tie my bed head hair back to get it off my face and tackle my day, which usually starts with cooking, getting the kids ready for school, and driving them to school. I have to be honest, at 5 am, beauty regimen is not at the top of my list. Coffee is though, which brings me to #5.
  5. Round Rimmed Mugs:

    • Have you tried drinking from a square shaped mug? I have. The mug is in a form a sushi roll.  It’s very cute but very difficult to drink from because the rim is flat.  Whatever space your lips do not cover, the water drips down your face.  There’s a reason mug rims are circular.
  6. Words:

    • Two of which combined make this magnificent sentence: “Thank you”.  Able to transcend appreciation and touch lives. Just two words!
  7.  Internet:

    • How else am I able to reach such a multi-diverse and multi-dimension world? My life is not nearly as exciting without the many facets that contribute to it on a daily basis.

These 7 blessings may seem light and silly to be thankful for, especially since the idea of thankfulness seem to merit a more grandeur reason.  Such simple everyday things may not warrant such attention; but, imagine not being with these 7 blessings and you will be reminded that all these are a luxury that some people only dream of having one day.

Last week, HerDesignedLife reached out to me to contribute a piece to promote the Thankfulness Challenge for this month of November. Have you heard about it? It is a movement to be conscious of the many blessings in our lives and to be thankful for those blessings. Check out the very first contribution on the Thankfulness Series up now on her blog.  I happily obliged and I am personally looking forward to seeing my contribution shared on her blog as well.  I do hope you take the time to read it.  It is a piece I am very proud to share.

Until next time.