Life can be very difficult and disappointing. And worrying makes things worse. But we all worry. That’s me included. Especially this year. It’s hard to smile and be thankful. But gratitude can help salvage your day and show you that there is still good stuff if you look for it. But you have to actively look. I came across this quote and it seemed like it had my name on it. How about you?
“Any day I’m vertical is a good day” – that’s what I always say. And I give thanks that I am healthy.
If you ask me, “How are you?” I’ll answer, “GREAT!” because in saying so, I make it so. And I give thanks that I can choose my attitude.
When Life gives me dark clouds and rain, I appreciate the moisture which brings a soft curl to my hair.
When Life gives me sunshine, I gratefully turn my face up to feel its warmth on my cheeks.
When Life brings fog, I hug my sweater around me and give thanks for the cool shroud of mystery that makes the familiar seem different and intriguing.
When Life brings snow, I dash outside to catch the first flakes on my tongue, relishing the icy miracle that is a snowflake.
Life’s events and experiences are like the weather – they come and go, no matter what my preference. So, what the heck?! I might as well decide to enjoy them.
For indeed, there IS a time for every purpose under Heaven. Each season brings its own unique blessings. And I give thanks.
This won’t be easy, but maybe a few well placed post-its will help me keep adjusting my attitude each day.
Today I am thankful I live on a hill. We have been getting rained to the point of flooding around here. It’s not deadly type flooding yet, but OMG are we wet.
It rains for a couple of hours and then we have the sun for a couple of hours and then back to the rain. Day after day. The night before last it poured for about 8 hours, 1.38 inches of rain I think they said.
This is what 1.38 inches of rain looks like. Uh, huh. Looks more like 4-6 inches of water in those containers to me. Yes, I know the weather people measure things differently. But this is what I’m dealing with in actuality. We live on a hill and our yard is swampy. *shakes head*
And to make our evening full and complete, the transformer across the road, on a hill that is just short of a jungle, blew. So no electricity. And because of the state of that hill – no roads, over grown and a climb – it would be hours before it could be repaired. First they have to chop and chain saw their way in and then drag the new transformer up the hill. Literally. Which, for us, means water changes on the fish tanks every couple of hours till it’s fixed to keep the bio-filters alive. On the plus side, dinner had just finished cooking. So we ate and I dug out my oil lamps and candles and prepared for a dark evening.
Because of that transformer and its former tendency to go out every time the wind blew, I have acquired an oil lamp or two. And this does not include all the votive holders in the china cabinet drawer. Things got better when they put in a substation across the highway, but that only means that it ‘only’ goes out about once a year instead of at least every month. You should hear the language when the electric company people realize what they have to do to fix it. You would think they’d get rid of that thing.
I keep these guys in the bathroom. Yep, that’s a water dish in the shot. (Oops.) I have my cat’s dry food and water up on the counter away from the dog.
We were fortunate in that the electric company were able to send five trucks and personnel out and we think they rerouted the lines. It took 6 hours, but we’ve had much longer. And they did it in that continual downpour. Bless them.
I am thankful we live on a hill. Even if I am squelching through 4 inches of mud. 🙂