I wanted to post on Thursday, like Tracy did [does] about her Thankful Thursdays. I’ve been wanting to do this for over a year, but didn’t really want to steal or borrow her cute post title and copy what she’s been doing. At the same time, I tried for a long, long time to come up with something catchy, too. I kept coming up short. Waaaaaaaaay short. I thought about Monday Musings, Tuesday Tumblings, Wednesday Wonders. Seriously? I am way more creative and clever than that, so I just put it on the back burner. But then last Sunday I mentioned Tracy’s Thankful Thursday post in our Relief Society lesson and I recognize how life-changing it can be to focus on the positive and center on what we are grateful for. I try, occasionally, to express a thankful prayer and only speak to Father about those things that mean the very most to me. And I have spend time, for instance while driving, thinking about all that I have been blessed with. Sometimes I think I can list ten. But then I get to twenty and am amazed all over again how truly good my life is. You know. Relatively. Comparatively.
I mean, I know I don’t have a wonderful, beautiful home with all sorts of fruit trees, a manicured yard, a delightful and fun relationship with the hubster, and perfection in any part of my life. I know that. I can’t imagine being able to re-do a tub or tile or even change a doorknob. And I sure can’t imagine working side-by-side with Hubst on any meaningful house-improvement project. But I have other really good things! I don’t have exceptionally close friends [I push people away, you know . . .] but I have other good things. My basement is a shipwreck, but I have other good things. Right?
Alrighty! That was just a teensy bit depressing!
Tracy mentioned that a desirable action toward building and maintaining happiness is to say out loud ten things we are grateful for each day. And I have been doing that since I read her post.
Today it’s this: the scriptures, safe travels, a [relatively] healthy [albeit, overweight] body, very nice people at Deseret Book, a sweet visit with Renita, creamy cauliflower soup, Taggart’s Grill in Morgan Canyon, substitute teachers in GD class, temples, and my children.
Yep! I feel happiness heading my way!
I am also thankful for the forgiveness that has been granted me this past week when I totally got upset about a couple of things and was actually quite guilty of lashing out at a loved one.
I am very grateful for quiet, alone time that helps me refresh, refocus, realign my thoughts and actions.
I am thankful for good/great commentaries on the Old Testament!
And for a new printer that is pretty much ready for use if I could only figure out what I need to do.
Wait. And my new Bosu. Love that!