Thankful Thoughts - January 25th

Today I'm participating in Ten Things of Thankful, a weekly blog hop that asks us to "focus on the good things going on in your life by listing ten things you are thankful for..." 

1)  This hasn't been an easy week, it was one of those that left me really tempted to skip doing TToT, not sure I could adjust my attitude into one of being truly thankful.  But as is always the case with this blog hop, once I've read a few of the others, and really looked at my own life, I am able to put things in better perspective and the gratitude starts flowing.  I have a good life, I know that I am blessed!  At the top of my list of things I am thankful for this week then would be those who uplift and encourage me, who tell me that I'm not such a miserable failure at life when I really need that reassurance. Papa Bear is always among these, quick to express his appreciation for my presence in his life, and I am thankful for that too!

2) I am thankful that, just as it states in the picture above, no matter how many times the winds of life blow me off balance, I have always been able to get back on my feet and moving forward again. I am determined to be a survivor rather than a victim, and to be useful rather than used.

3) I am thankful that my days at work are extremely busy because this makes the time go by very quickly.  Before I know  it lunchtime has arrived and we are counting down the afternoon hours 'til going home time.  Although I am very tired by the end of day, I have had jobs where we watched the clock move slowly, longing to be anywhere else, and feeling like eight hours was an eternity. Busy days is one of those thankful thoughts where one takes something not so good and finds a blessing within it! :-)

4) I am thankful that, although the hoped for miracle changes at work fell thru this week, leaving us all feeling very sad and defeated, another possibility has since opened up, and I sense that maybe God has something even better in mind for all of us than we had originally hoped for.  Life works that way sometimes, you don't get what you want, but you end up with something much better in the long run. It is a time of waiting and watching, but hope is restored, and I am so very thankful for that because it's hard to focus on work when one feels the ship sinking!

5) I am thankful that I can report progress in rebuilding my relationship with my younger sister this week.  It didn't come easy, but rather with some cross words, some unnerving revelations, and a  night of little sleep, but I think we are on the way to having things better between us, and that feels good.  One of my goals for this year is to work harder on my family relationships, and for that to happen I have to move off my square of stubbornness and do the reaching out and repairing. I am willing to do that, believing that God will honor my intentions with positive results.

6) I am thankful for the Pay It Forward thing going around on Facebook at the moment, and I'm thinking it would be fun to start it here in the blogsphere too. It goes like this..
I have decided to participate in the 'Pay it forward' initiative because I think it is a great idea. The first 5 people who comment on this status with 'I'm in' will receive a surprise from me at some point in this calendar year-anything from a book, a ticket, a visit, something homegrown or made, it could be a post card, absolutely any surprise! There will be no warning and it will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy. These 5 people must make the same offer on their FB status and distribute their own joy. Simply COPY this text onto your profile...don't we can form a web of connection and kindness. Let's do more nice and loving things for each other in 2014, without any reason other than to make each other smile and show that we think of each other. Here's to a more enjoyable, more friendly and love filled year!
So, if you are one of the first five people to comment on my post here today with "I'm In" I will send you a surprise at some point this year.  Then you need to add it to your blog and do the same. Let's spread a little love, and brighten lives with some surprises when least expected!
6) I am thankful for conversations with both of my kids this week, and some fun plans in the formative stage that I will know more about next month - something to look forward to, and I am excited!

8) I am thankful that when I have issues or concerns with someone that I am able to initiate conversation to resolve them.  I saw again this week how much confusion and hurt comes from people who hold things in, or carry around grudges that are sometimes based on misunderstandings. I can appreciate being cautious and considerate of other people's feelings, but I am a firm believer that it is always better to clear the air. Open communication strengthens relationships.

9) I am thankful that my husband started a rotating work schedule this week in which he will work 8-5 every third week, matching my work hours, so that we have longer evenings together.  He has always worked 9-6 and this means a late dinner and me leaving the house with him sleeping each morning.  This way we have a few minutes to share at the start of day and can go out for a bite to eat after work if we don't feel like cooking.  I will look forward to this week each time it comes around!

10) I am thankful that I have developed a belief in me over the years, and the strength to rely on myself and what I believe to be true.  Sometimes those who have been in our corner move in another direction and leave us feeling a bit stunned and disappointed, and while it is unsettling and sad, I know that life moves on, and I am thankful to have the opportunity to reassess my relationships and what I get from them.  I found the quote below, and it speaks well of my belief that life is always a choice... choose wisely!
Ten Things of Thankful

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  1. Such a powerful example to be thankful in the midst of trial and difficulty. That is hard, but in the end, so good for our souls!

    #2 - I can relate to your number 2 - I feel this way too, that there is some sort of 'drive' within that continues to spur me to get back up and press on when I have fallen. I am grateful for that trait as well.

    Good to hear of your mending with your sister and praying that continues in the right direction! Great to hear you have plans in the works with your kids - I LOVE having things to look forward to!

    Have a blessed weekend!

  2. This is a great post in its entirety, Josie, but your #1 and #4 really spoke to me.

    #1 - I was feeling much the same this week and was glad I posted anyway and didn't wait or take Lizzi's free pass offer. Just reminds me that there is such power in making a conscious choice to look for the good and find the positive rather than dwell in the mire of the negative in life. Glad you soldiered through and posted, too! Seems many of us were in a similar place this week.

    #4 - These words jumped out at me and smacked me up side the head: "Life works that way sometimes, you don't get what you want, but you end up with something much better in the long run. It is a time of waiting and watching, but hope is restored, and I am so very thankful for that because it's hard to focus on work when one feels the ship sinking!" I can't tell you how much those words are helpful to me right now. My Hub lost his position at work (job eliminated) a year and a half ago. He has searched far and wide for jobs in that field to no avail. Finally making a choice to take some courses and make a complete career change, he is finally finished with that process and actively job hunting in his new field. It's been a long year and a half. We have been disappointed by leads that did not turn into destinations more than once over that time, but I keep trying to jremember to believe that there is something greater in store. And man, I hope so, because this is really getting old! And as for the part where you talk about waiting...I am in a position myself where I am ready for change but until he is settled somewhere new with salary and benefits, I need to stay put and shoulder that load. Waiting waiting waiting...I get it. So thank you for these words and for giving me a little lift!

    Have a wonderful week!

  3. Oh I am SO with you and Lisa on #4. I feel sunk, a lot of the time, and that waiting and waiting and waiting is AWFUL.

    Thank you for writing these. And I'm glad you were able to, and that you found your mojo after reading some of the others. It sucks when we have weeks like these, and even when I forget it myself, I DO think that the TToT has enormous power to help us change (as per your last image) and be determined that we WILL be thankful, and we WILL find the Good things in our lives, even when it feels like a struggle.

  4. Keeping my fingers crossed that the work situation is being figured out, Josie! I agree, it's always easier to be busy at work than have nothing to do all day. I hope that you manage to get your relationship with your sister going again. I don't know the background, but it seems to be in your heart. Have a great weekend, Josie!

  5. The Japanese say, " Fall down nine times, get up ten." This has proved to be true for me. If we can find the strength to rise, we can move on. There are times when there are no choices.

  6. I love that TOby is right along side this comment adorable. Sorry its been a tough week but glad you found the courage to participate and feel better... also the idea and truth of the notion that what we expect isn't always best and maybe something better is due to happen instead....Also so progress on last weeks note regarding your sister... great stuff.

  7. I really like the 'saying' that you started your Post with, it is very much like the one that I have used (but didn't make up), simple and to the point, "get knocked down 9 times, get up 10"

    you have (from what I hear in your Post) the most important quality, in my opinion, which is faith in your own capacity to (with a certain amount of help) deal with whatever adversity comes your way. very nice to read another person expressing this so well.

  8. Oh, Josie, I'm sorry you've not had a good week. I have been tempted to skip the TToT the past three weeks, but I pick myself up and do it anyway, and it really does make me feel a little better. (Sounds like a Broadway song, doesn't it?) So happy to hear you and your younger sister are making some headway. And how is Toby getting along with the girls? Still going well?

  9. And i'm thankful for your example of finding things to be thankful about, even in difficult times. My week wasn't the greatest, but i'm going over it now, thinking again of good things that did happen, and the bad things that didn't!

  10. You have much to be thankful for and you listed them eloquently.

    I don't facebook...I can barely find my face most days!

    Have a wonderful week.

  11. Great thankfuls in the face of a tough week. Hoping continued progress with your sister. Two of my three sisters, I have had to walk away from because there is no middle ground. But I am grateful for the one I have and that our friendship works. Keep trying.

  12. Josie, I am always so glad to see your posts. You are certainly not alone this week in almost not making it to the TToT but I am truly glad that you did. Your outlook and ability to turn trial into triumph is priceless and very valuable here.
    I love the concept of "getting back up" I hung a plaque on my son't bedroom wall with the quote from Vince Lombardi,"It's now how many times you get knocked down. It's how many times you get back up." This is something I feel very strongly and believe is an important lesson in life. Because we all get knocked down.
    I do hope that good things are on the horizon at work and I am very happy to hear that you and your husband will have some added moments together in your days! That is always nice.
    I'm glad that you are you, Josie. I think you are wonderful!

  13. Congrats on getting to spend more time with the husband!

    And I LOVE that photo/quote/whatever you want to call it. I might have to "borrow" that too. Thanks for sharing it!

    And I am so glad you decided to do the hop this week...I didn't want to do it either but I am always so glad when I do! :) I always look forward to your have great wisdom to share!

  14. I understand what you mean about being busy at work. I love looking at the clock and realizing that it's almost lunch time or time to go home. It's let exciting to look at the clock and realize "I've only been here an hour?!"

  15. I agree that work drags on forever when we're not busy, and I love that that became a thankful for you this week. And what's up with everybody having such icky weeks last week? Sigh. Here's to this being a much better one. Congratulations on building a new relationship with your younger sister, too, by the way. That sounds like a scary thing and I'm sure you'll both be glad later on. And what is it about families that bring out our stubbornness?

  16. Beautiful thankful list!! I love that something bigger and better is in store for you with your work- it's always so amazing how God gives us more than what we asked for, when we least expect it or lose hope for it.

    I don't know your struggles or what your burdens are, but I do know you did a BEAUTIFUL job coming up with some valuable and worthy thankfuls!! BRAVO!!


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