52 Weeks of thankfulness #8

I’m thankful for the opportunity to spread thankfulness over 52 posts, as mine will definitely take longer than 52 weeks with my posting schedule!

But in all seriousness today I am thankful for a chance to rest, to relax and bring my awareness back to self and mindfulness instead of sales and scores and tasks. Today I can read, spend time with my dog and my partner, eat when I’m hungry, nap, shop, whatever I want! This is going to be great. I hope the same for you, if not today then in the near future.

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52 Weeks of Thankfulness #7

I know I’m not the most timely with this, and I don’t do it every week like I intend.  But I honestly feel that even if I don’t have time to blog about it, it’s the mindset of thankfulness and the change it can bring about in the world that is important.  What’s fun is to share it online when I can. With that said, I found a quote that inspired me this week and made me thankful for a spirit of hope.

“Know your own happiness. Want for nothing but patience-or give it a more fascinating name. Call it hope.”-Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

This appeals to me at this time in my life because I thought that switching jobs would make me happier.  Instead, it is the same thing, but for a different company for more hours with the same pay, and in an industry I dislike even more than the last one. But this quote empowers me to take the reins, to know my own happiness. To know people, you have to meet them, introduce yourself, spend time learning about them.  Soon they are your friends and you know them.  At the very least we should be this familiar, if not downright intimate with our own happiness.  We should approach it and bring it into our lives.  And with this done, the only thing we will want is more of it.  That striving and pulling impatiently toward it, that hope of more. This reminds me not to give up, even when the weight of things feels so heavy, and the climb to the top of the ditch seems way to far. When someone is worth it, we put the effort in to stand by them no matter what. And when our happiness is worth it, we should do the same.

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52 Weeks of Thankfulness #4

I was going to write something entirely different for this week’s thankfulness post, but life has changed my plans.  A person I love dearly has just found out a loved one is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer that has metastasized and is now affecting major organs and creating bone lesions.  I feel so deeply sorry over this suffering, and it makes me grateful for my own health, and that of those around me.  When we’re healthy we tend to ignore the fact and focus on other things that make us happy.  We forget that if we are healthy we are drawing daily from a deep well of potential happiness.

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52 Weeks of Thankfulness #3

Having grown up in New England, I’m so thankful for this sunny, warm Southern weather even this late in the year!  And I’m also thankful for all the wonderful memories of crisp fall air, the beauty of the changing leaves, jumping in leaf piles after raking the yard as a child, high school football games with friends, and early snow!

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52 Weeks of Thankfulness #2

I am so fortunate to have met the most wonderful and supportive people in my life.  No matter what I’m going through and no matter how alone I feel at the time, when I come out at the other end I realize exactly how many people were right there caring, worrying, loving and supporting me.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to do the same for them.

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52 Weeks of Thankfulness #1

I was so pleased to be invited by Watching The Daisies to join a prompt at Haddonmusings called 52 Weeks of Thankfulness.  What a wonderful way not just to remind ourselves of the high points in life, but to spread that positivity across the internet and inspire others to realize the wonderful aspect of their own lives!

That said, here is my first post of thankfulness:

Up until the past few years of my life I had adopted a defeatist attitude.  Whatever happened in my life I just assumed there was nothing that could be done to change it.  I got stuck in a bad relationship, a bad job, and was unhappy with my life as a result. Two years ago I reconnected with someone from my past, who ended up being the love of my life.  From day 1 he encouraged me and told me I was strong and I could change the things in my life I didn’t like, and I could create a life that I love.  He was right.  And every day, every new decision I make affirms the truth of what he has shown me.  I have moved to a different state, gotten a new job, got the dog I’ve waited my whole life for, and am in a loving relationship full of joy and support.  And I know I  can’t control circumstances to bring about exactly what I want for my life, but I can certainly adjust my “sails” to bring me closer to my goals.