Years ago my mom gave me a book called “Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach. It is a year-long book of daily wisdom destined to help one get in touch with one’s self again, to help one see all the blessings in one’s life, and to help one live a happy, fulfilling, contented life. She gave it to me at a time in my life when I needed it the most. Aren’t moms just the best that way?! One of the suggestions/requirements early in the book was to start keeping a daily gratitude journal. Each day I was supposed to list 10 things I was thankful for.
When I started my daily gratitude journal I was in such a rut in my life that I had a heck of a time coming up with 10 things each day. Thankfully I had two children so I could count each of them (2 things–8 more to go!), my good health and their good health (3 more things– 5 things to go), having a house to live in, food to eat, car to drive, and a job (4 more — one to go), and of course my mom. Ten things I was thankful for. I tried to switch it up and name some siblings, but am telling you that it was a daily struggle to find my 10 things to be thankful for. Remember– I was in a black hole– didn’t realize it then, but definitely black!
This was the same time that one of my best friends came to me and said “OK. Here’s the deal. You are so negative right now that you are tough to be around. What can we do to change this. I will help.” She is still one of my best friends to this day. That’s a great friend who has the guts to come and tell you that you suck, BUT she wants to help you change things! What a blessing. So, I began working harder on my gratitude journal. After awhile I found myself actively searching throughout my day to find things to write in my gratitude journal. I wrote about the fresh-cut grass smelling so good. I wrote about the sunset being spectacular. I wrote about the glorious sound of my children’s laughter. I wrote about a great phone call from my sister. And the list went on, and on, and on. I found that as I became more grateful, and recognized more and more of my blessings, that I became a much, much happier and contented person. Once again– thanks to my mom for the book, and to my friend for the kick in the tush!
In the spirit of my daily gratitude, I hope to try to spend my Friday posts on things I’m grateful for! Here goes…
My Wild Child wearing her dad’s lookers being a goof ball this morning. Oh– and to my friend CB for his naming them lookers.
The Robins Playing in the Yard
Having someone drive through the gate for me to save some steps.
Overkill, I know, but MUD
Being able to look in all directions and not seeing ANYTHING but incredible views!
And how can I not be grateful when I see this!
I’m so grateful for being just a ranch wife.