An Attitude of Gratitude
I AM THANKFUL...
1) For my heart! Have you ever stopped to think about what an amazing creation your heart is? It begins beating many times a minute long before you are born, and never stops until the moment you die, which can be as long as 100 years! Let's see someone try to invent something that incredible!
2) For honesty - this is something very important to me, what the facts are don't matter nearly as much as that you are honest about them. I can deal with the truth, I can't deal with deception. I expect honesty from my friends and family, and I give to them in return.
3) For my health, such as it is. I work with clients everyday who suffer from seriously debilitating issues. It keeps me ever mindful of how blessed I am that I am able to go to work each day, that I am able to help pay for our food, clothing and shelter, and that I have health insurance so that I can go to a doctor when needed.
4) For our hot tub that sits out on the back deck. We live out in the country and we've opted not to have security lighting on the north side of the house just so that we can relax in our hot tub at night and enjoy the stars overhead in the black night sky. Nothing takes the stress and soreness of the day away like a soak in the hot tub before bed. It's nice to share that quiet time together.
5) For my hands - my hands are not only the way I earn my living, with eight hours at the computer keyboard and phone system each day, but they are also necessary to do what I enjoy doing most... blogging! Yes, I know there are adaptive devices and speech recognition software, but nothing would be as nice as the feel of keys clicking softly under my fingers as my thoughts form into letters and words and march across the page. I have arthritis in my fingers from all those years of keyboard pounding, but amazingly it doesn't cause me too much pain when I type. Writing with a pen is another story altogether, a paragraph or two is the best I can do without problems. When you have a moment, stop and think about all the things you use your hands for each day, it's amazing!
6) For Halloween - simply because it's fun. It is my personal belief that Halloween is not meant to be glorification of evil, but rather a folk festival of sorts. I have known evil, it has nothing to do with jack-o'-lanterns and pointed hats! It is rather sad though to see that Halloween is becoming more and more an adult event and less and less something fun for children. Many years ago we would roam the streets of our small town in costume, stopping at as many doors as possible and filling grocery bags full of candy bars, popcorn balls, and other such wonderful fare... and no one got poisoned, or hurt, or abducted. Life was so much easier back then!
7) For hugs! Hugs convey so many things and never fail to make both the hugger and the huggee feel good - such a simple method connecting and conveying that you care. Hugs are one size fits all!
8) For our home - a manufactured house that we purchased as a repo five years ago and remodeled to suite our tastes. We've turned into a simple, cozy, little plage that is just right for the two of us and our furkids, and the best part... it's paid for - no mortgage, no rent, and no worries about losing our place to live is something unforeseeable should happen in the future to change our ability to earn income. At our age that is really a blessing! It might not be big or fancy, but it's home, and there's no place I'd rather be!
9) For the handprint quilt that was made for me by the first graders of Red Cloud Indian School that are now seniors and graduating this year! It amazes me that we have been friends that long and I have watched them grow from small and very shy to confident young adults ready to go out into the world. Each student traced his/her hand on a square of white cloth and decorated it with love and fabric pens, adding their name in the corner. The teachers assembled the squares and staff helped with the backing, borders, and quilting. It is beautiful, a one-of-a-kind keepsake that is one of my most precious possessions!
10) For Papa Bear's wonderful sense of humor. Despite all that life has thrown at him, he has managed to retain his childlike playfulness, and he never fails to make me laugh. The photo below was taken when we were on a road trip to Tennessee and stopped in a restaurant/general store for lunch. He willingly modeled this hat at my request, along with this "Goofy Goober" face. Perfect fit! :-))
This post is linked to the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge