Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it. -Ralph Marston
Welcome back for Thanksgiving Thursday. Each time Thursday rolls around, I remember an exercise from junior high school P.E. class. We had to divide a sheet of notebook paper into two columns and write down things we like about ourselves on one side and things we didn't like on the other side. Naturally, being self-conscious, teenage girls, it took about 1 minute to fill the "negatives" side and several minutes to think about the positives and come up with two or three things. I think life is often like that--we are tempted to focus on all of the negatives that surround us and miss the positives unless we purposefully turn our attention to all of the blessings in our lives for which we should be thankful. All of that is to say, I am thankful for this opportunity each week to reflect on my many blessings and say "thank you."
(1) Thank you to my husband for making me laugh and helping me (read: forcing me) to lighten up and not take life so seriously when I'm about to lose my mind over something I have no control over anyway.
(2) I am thankful for the little silver cross my mother gave to me for my birthday several years ago that is a physical reminder of Jesus' love for me and the perfect sacrifice he made on my behalf.
(3) I am thankful for my son who has blessed our family with his sense of humor, laughter, hugs, positive attitude, willingness to try new things and kisses to pay for his dad's haircuts for 14 years. Where has the time gone?! Hubby asks me to cut his hair and then tells Aaron to "pay your mama for my haircut." Aaron brings me his upturned, dimpled cheeks to smother with kisses as payment for the haircut. Iused to tell him I had to get as many sugars as I could before he turned into a crusty "old" boy. Just for the record, this has not happened to date. His sugars are still sweet, and he's not too big to share them with his mama. I'm thankful for that in and of itself.
(4) I am thankful I didn't get the job at Baylor Dallas because I really didn't want to have to make that commute anyway. I know there is something just around the corner.
(5) I am thankful for support and encouragement from friends and family (especially my blog buddies) who stop by or call just to ask how I'm doing. Thanks, y'all!
That's all for now. Until next time....