Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Gratitude

Life is about ups and downs, good times and bad. But no matter how dark some days may be, I always try to be grateful for what I do have.

Taking the time for gratitude each day is a tangible reminder of how lucky I truly am.

I have my health, which is no small thing. There is a roof over my head and food in the cupboard. I don't take those things for granted. I am grateful for a cup of hot tea on a cold winter's day. For the fluffy pillows and flannel sheets on the bed just waiting for me to snuggle into their warmth and comfort later tonight.

I am thankful for my husband, who is my best friend. He also makes me laugh at least once a day, which is truly a gift worthy of praise.

I could sit here and list dozens of things I'm grateful for. The trick is to remind myself of those things every single day.

Have a great Wednesday!

13 comments:

Kathy said...

I'm grateful for my mom who is my best friend and my two sweet little kitties who make me laugh every day at their antics.:-) Happy Wednesday to you NJ.

N.J.Walters said...

Those are both things to be very grateful for. Happy Wednesday to you too.

Titania Ladley said...

>>>The trick is to remind myself of those things every single day.<<<

Hi, NJ! Very well said. Sometimes we do need to remember to step back and remind ourselves of all the blessings around us. Thanks for the simple but poignant reminder! :) Oh, btw, your husband sounds just like mine. LOL, I can't tell you how many times I've tried *not* to laugh at him when I'm in a mood. But he always manages to help me put things back into perspective.

Titania

Anny Cook said...

Excellent list! Sometimes we just plumb forget! Thanks for the reminder.

AE Rought said...

Good thing to remember! I have water bottled water in the fridge with words written on them: Love, Gratitude, Joy, etc. Those little visual reminders help. Plus, it charges the water :o)

N.J.Walters said...

Having a husband who can make you laugh is a huge gift, Titania. It certainly makes the hard times easier and the good times even better.

N.J.Walters said...

It's easy to forget, Anny, with modern life taking our attention 24/7. I try to make time every day just to count my blessings.

N.J.Walters said...

What a good idea, AE. And your right about them charging the water. I can't remember where I read it, but there have been studies done on the changes of water molecules when exposed to different thoughts...and they do change. It's fascinating. Has to be good for you.

naughtytidbits said...

Well am very thankful for authors who write really good stories that help us escape our stressful lives for a while.
I would be even more thankful to a certain author if she were to tell me a bit more about a certain TBA book on the Delakis' brothers....ROFL

Dayanna

Charlene said...

NJ, gratitude is always the best attitude. Thanks for the reminder! I'm grateful for hot coffee. : )

N.J.Walters said...

Hey, Naughtytidbits. Endless Chase, the last Dalakis Passion book will be out sometime this year. Don't have an exact release date yet. Hopefully soon.

This book takes the series full circle and back to Transylvania and Dalakis castle. Chase Deveraux (Delight's brother) heads to the Carpathian Mountains to visit and find some solitude to think about his life.

Villians from the past and new enemies arise to threaten the entire Dalakis family.

N.J.Walters said...

I'm grateful for hot tea, but coffee works too. :-)

Daisy Dexter Dobbs said...

This is such a lovely post, NJ. I believe gratitude is truly healing for mind, body and spirit.

I, too, have so much to be thankful for, including a husband and daughter who are my best friends and greatest supporters. I’m grateful for the time we have together and for the joyous bouts of laughter we share.

A few years ago I made a sheet listing all the things I’m most grateful for and I read it first thing each morning when I get up and it’s the last thing I read before I go to sleep. I update the list about every six months or so. It’s made a real positive difference in my life.

Thanks again for your beautiful post, NJ!