It is raining today, but still I am grateful. All the people I’ve spoken with for work have been cranky & depressed & difficult, but still I am grateful. I didn’t run, I had a crappy breakfast, I’m kinda tired & coming down with a cold. But still, I am grateful. My son is in residential treatment, family members are struggling with finances & lay offs, my dad is being treated for cancer.
But I am oh-so-grateful today!! Wanna know why?
Because today I saw a facebook post from a friend who is cancer survivor. She said her friend Rachel is “hanging on to see her baby turn 3 tomorrow.”
“Cancer sucks, I’ll say a prayer.” I thought.
So I looked up Rachel and I started to read her blog. Just a few sentences changed everything for me today. Go read about her journey, you will find inspiration. Because of a brave, honest, beautiful woman I have never met, my gratitude list is longer today.
Today I am grateful for:
The rain. It makes me have to be more aware of where I’m driving, it is cold & wet & I can feel it on my skin. I have to react to it, have to experience it, and it reminds me I am part of a bigger world. Nature surrounds me every day whether I agree with it or not.
Difficult people. They call me at work because they need help. When they don’t have the strength or ability to be calm & rational, sometimes I can be the calm they need. I could hate my job today & complain about them. Or I could see their crankiness as an opportunity to do something positive or at least to find the humor in my daily grind.
Residential treatment. I saw Alex yesterday on his birthday. He was freshly showered, had soft new pajamas, was in good spirits. A bunch of the guys there– all kids around his age with autism– were watching “Alvin & the Chipmunks” (Alex’s favorite movie) in the common area outside his room. One of the staff turned the overhead lights down so the lights from the newly decorated Christmas tree were sparkling, making the whole room pretty. The kids were smiling– and yeah, some were flapping or jumping or rocking, but in a happy way. Alex’s room felt cozy, he liked his Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup plush pillow I brought him, he gave me a hug. I told the staff the place felt peaceful. And when I left, I felt peaceful, too.
Thank you, God, for giving me this life and not someone else’s. I am so grateful for my physical health, for my home, for the material things I have that give me comfort. I can hug my kids, I know that they are safe. I have love in my life, I have friends & family who sustain me through challenging times. I am a child of the universe & I can feel that & know it. I can recognize miracles & have the ability to talk about them and share my good fortune. Thank you, thank you for all of that.
Please Lord, help me to remember how blessed I truly am and to never take these things for granted. Amen.