Like you, sometimes I have it all dialed in.
Days when I’m a superstar from dawn until dusk.
From homeschooling to housework, to nurturing my marriage and myself – it’s all happening.
And then the next day… I’m not.
On these days I’m desperate for things to fall into place, but instead they all seem to fall apart.
Last week I had a day like that.
Sure, it’s been a rough spell over here.
But the truth is, it isn’t beating me.
Because when life goes haywire, we all stand at a crossroads.
And we’re in charge of choosing the path we take next.
We can suffer through and see only the shadows, or we can choose a new focus.
And notice all that is going right.
By simply giving thanks.
Because so often, it isn’t as bad as it seems.
And almost always it could have been a whole lot worse.
Thanksgiving has long been a favorite celebration for me.
Because it’s a day to gather with family or friends and focus on all that is good.
We count our blessings.
We give thanks.
And gratitude is one of the most powerful tools we hold.
After a hard day, I let go as best I can.
And then I count my blessings.
And I give thanks for the view from my kitchen and the tea in my cup.
For family, friends, and helpful strangers.
For running water, a hot shower, and wool slippers.
For the freedom to homeschool and these two amazing children to share the journey with.
For this life, with all of its messes.
And for a fresh start tomorrow.
I give thanks.
“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.”
What blessings are you holding close this season?